How to: Make a Rag Rug (Two Ways!)

rag_rug.jpgRag rugs, like this delectable specimen from the Sun Room, are a great summer upcycling project - and we'll show you two ace ways of making one.

If you're like me and your fabric purchases have officially gotten ahead of even your most ambitious crafty dreams, then I've got a summer craft for you: the rag rug.

Like their home-dec cousin the scrap quilt, rag rugs are among the original stashbusters and scrap-digesters.

You can make the 'yarn' used to craft 'em out of any sort of light cotton fabric: dubious remnant bin scores, old clothes, leftovers from completed projects or even thrifted bedsheets. And, like so many other upcycled textile projects, the more colors you chuck into the mix, the better!

Thing is, there are a million and one ways to make them! Here are two of our faves.

Braided-Rag-WIP18.jpgLeft: the back of Craft Passion's rag rug is a thing of beauty.

Ace with a sewing machine? Craft Passion have a fantastic tutorial on how to use a pile of fabric and your machine's zigzag stitch to power your way through to rag rug Nirvana.

Handier with a crochet hook? I love the results the folks at The Sunroom got, mixing a million colors for a rag rug that's as lovely as a sunset. And they've written up all the crochet instructions you need to make your own!

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[Images via The Sunroom and Craft Passion.]

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