Recycle Tutorial: Woven Rag Rug

Recycle your old bed sheet into a lovely woven rag rug.

Recycle your old bed sheet into a lovely woven rag rug.

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Thank you for all the great feedback for liking my Braided Rag Rug. I understand that not everyone has a sewing machine or/and able to sew, so I created this no-sew version for the non-sewer who like to recycle their bed sheets or de-stash their fabrics to make this feet cozy Woven Rag Rug. This tutorial doesn’t require any loom for weaving; just use a sturdy corrugated carton box from your recycle pile.

I hope everyone can do their part on greening the Earth again and reduce the rubbish that loaded the landfill. By the way, I gave the braided rag rug to my mum and she loves it so much, she is going to dig more old bed sheets out from her storage, which means I will have another bunch of supply to recycle. I need to scratch my head for more stuff to make from them. :)

rag rug from old bed sheet

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  1. Thank you for the quick response!!! Much appreciated! Can’t wait to start!!!! :)

  2. I have a lovely rug. It is woven. My question is about the last task.
    I’m trying to figure out to do the crisscross … and how to tie off.
    What kind of knot did you use to tie off? Square knot…overhand…do I combine strips from side by side warp bunches or just tie one bunch of warp strips.

    When I crisscross…do I start on one side of the rug, sew in a zigzag to the other side and then sew back to the original side..to create an x pattern?
    thanks!
    looking forward to hearing from you!
    I love this rug and have really enjoyed the process!

  3. Perhaps this is the question to ask….does the last weaving row facilitate the tying off of the warp strips? If so, how does the weaving strip interact with the warp strips?

    I keep looking at the edge of your rug and I can’t see how you tied it off, but I love how it looks.

  4. Hi There! I figured out the crisscross row! All I need to do is tie off…and I already asked that question, so I will be patient! and wait….:)

  5. This is a really cute idea for the grandkids.

  6. Can someone explain the crisscross row please!

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  8. it looks great!

    thanks for sharing your tutorial! i set a link and hope you agree.

    best wishes, http://handzuhand.blogspot.de/2014/03/rag-rugs-flickenteppich.html

  9. So I have been trying to do this rug for an entire day….. the cardboard is not a good thing to use with sheets I have restarted this project a million times today because the cardboard won’t hold that much fabric. Soooooooo frustrated.

    • Perhaps your cardboard is too soft to handle the weaving. In the instruction, you need a “sturdy corrugated cardboard” and not any single thickness cardboard. Hope this helps.

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  10. I used plastic core flute (the stuff light weight signs are made out of) a cut a small round hole at the bottom of the slit then clamped it to the table under a light wooden strip. Worked like a million dollars. My mat only took just over an hour to complete.

  11. I read on another reliable site that rugs made from sheets shed pretty badly.

    • Mine still looking very nice and intact even after so many washes for years!!! Perhaps the sheet material that “reliable site” used was not a good one to begin with. The one showing in the picture was from the old bed sheets of more than 30 years ago.

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  12. Boy oh boy I love your site. Everything is so easy to use. You have all the great widgets like email, print, and social networking sites. Thank you for all the time you put into showing us your crafts.

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  14. What size rug will 3 king size sheets make?

  15. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing your creations! I absolutely love this, and can’t wait to make this! However, I’m having trouble understanding the beginning! I understand the cardboard and putting the strips in the slits… But after that… I’m lost! Am I taking a strip, not connected to the strips that are in the cardboard, to weave? Thanks for the help!

    • Yes, it is another strip to do the weaving, not from the cardboard. It is just like a normal weaving process where you need a weaving string to weave those in the cardboard. Hope this help in clearing up the instruction.

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  16. Will the rug be too small if I make it using old queen size bed sheets?

  17. Wow! What a great idea, can not believe I never thought to use multi-strips to make a woven rug thick, and then weaving with one strip! Wow, total genius!! This will make the project so much better than any that I had imagined to date, thicker, comfy and Way easier, I can hardly wait to try! My kitchen rug is falling apart, perfect timing to find this, now I just got to track down the sheets! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  18. Do I tie a knot in each bunch of fabric stria to keep them from sliding through the cardboard slits?

  19. I tear the strips from old bed sheets, sew them together on my serger sewing machine and use a Q size crochet hook and use single crochet and slip stitches. They can be oval, round or rectangular.

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