Woven Rag Rug

Woven Rag Rug

Woven Rag Rug


1. Old bed sheets (3 king size flat sheets, more if you have fitted sheet)

2. Sturdy corrugated cardboard of your preference size (mine is 28 x 20″)

3. Tapestry needle or masking tape

5. Scissor

Finished dimension: approximately 25″ x 14″

You might want to refer to the braided rag rug for some basic preparations for stripping and how to join the strips.

Woven Rag RugMark the short side of the cardboard 1/2″ apart and 2″ down. Leave the edge 2″ wide so that the cardboard is not being weakened at the edge.
Cut it to create slots for gripping the fabric strips.

Woven Rag RugCut or tear the old sheets into 1″ or 2″ strips. Arrange 12 or 6 strips into each slot, leaving 6″ extra for each end.
Alternate the colors between the slots to create some color patterns for the woven rag rug. You will be surprised how it turns out.
Reserve some strips for the weaving.

Woven Rag RugTake a strip and slot it into the eye of a tapestry needle and start weaving.
If you don’t have a tapestry needle, you can tape a masking tape the end of the weaving strip, this will make it easier to go through the warp strips.
Secure the tail end in the first slot.
Begin by passing through the weaving strip at the bottom of the first bunch, then on top for the second bunch, and bottom again for the 3rd bunch and so on….
Until you reach the last bunch, rotate the cardboard and continue weaving for the next row. If you ended the weaving strip at the bottom of the last bunch, then begin your second row at the top.

Woven Rag RugSince there are 12 strips in a slot, make sure you have all the strips weaved.
Pull the bunch vertically a little to straighten up the 12 strips as you go.
Repeat this until you complete the whole piece.

Woven Rag RugWeave the last row in close to the previous row, with needle up or down to make a crisscross to the previous strip, pull the weaving strip and tie the warp strips in place.
Do the same on the other end of the rag. Join a new strip to sew and tie.

Woven Rag RugHide the weaving strip in the warp strips by passing through the strip within the weaves.
Woven Rag RugTake the woven rag rug out from the cardboard by lifting all the strips from the slots.
Woven Rag RugTrim the end to the length of bout 4″ or to your preference.
The woven rag rug is completed.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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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  4. What size rug will 3 king size sheets make?

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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.

  10. How about toppers for bar stools or seat pads for plastiic chairs
    They look soft

  11. Hi, this rug looks great ! How do you get the form checkered ? I got squares. I tried it a million times already.

  12. These directions are a little confusing. Do you have a video that shows the steps?

  13. Is there any way this pattern could be thinned down and enlarged to make a woven quilt? I know currently it would be to think and heavy as a quilt, but it is just beautiful and think if altered could make a beautiful bed cover. LaWannah

    • Hi LaWannah, I haven’t tried the different sizes of the rag rug but I would think that it should be workable. I would love to get your feed back after you have tested on it. Thank you very much.

  14. I am making my second rug following this method. My first one turned out very well.
    A couple of helpful hints or suggestions from my experience:
    1. My loom was made from the top of a large box…I did not cut the sides off the lid and so my loom sits 6 inches above the floor (or table)..it lends strength to the loom. It was a box for a workbench.
    2.Instead of cutting 1 inch strips for the warp (last rug I cut/tore 400 strips!) …. I cut/tore strips that were 8 or 9 inches wide and (only had to use 50) and each strip has bunched together quite nicely to make a cushy rug!….It is easy to weave because there is only one bunch of material to go underneath, so you don’t risk missing any of the warp strips.
    love my rug!!

  15. would it be possible to do a ‘tutorial’ on this via youtube? I am just having a hard time understanding your instructions….i learn better when someone shows me. Thanks, just an idea.

  16. Video would be awesome!

  17. I made this rug and I think I followed how to do it correctly but mine came out looking like squares instead of diamond shaped in the weave,, Please tell me what I did wrong because although mine looks ok your is beautiful and I would love for mine to come out like yours 🙁

  18. The rug is GORGEOUS, and much easier looking than the braided & sewn ones I’ve seen… but I’m a bit dense, so bear with me.

    1. I’m weaving ONE strip of fabric through bunches of 6-12 strips of fabric. Just weaving through the ENTIRE bunch of fabric strips, not individual ones, right?

    2. When my weaving strip reaches the end of the row, do I just leave them there and then tie them together (to each other, 2×2?) once ALL the weaving strips are used? Then tuck the ends in?

    3. Why does your rug seem to show so many different patterns even within a single row (column?)? It’s so pretty that way, but I can’t figure out how the individual strips that are bunched together flip around to make those pattern changes. Does it just happen of its own accord?

    4. Have you tried using mostly plain sheets for the bottom of the 6 or 12-strip bunches, with mostly patterned sheets as the top 2 strips? (Plain are so much easier to find at thrift stores). Does that work as well?

    5. Do you think –to make a longer rug– I could knot 2 strips together in the middle, or would it make the rug have a giant lump part way through? (This might be where actual sewing is required… yeuch.)

    Thanks – I’m so jazzed to try this as a summer project with my daughter!

    • Here is the answers for your questions:
      1. Yes, weave through the whole bunch of strips.
      2. Keep on weaving to make the next row when you reach the end of the row. Join the weaving strip with a new strip and continue to weave until you have finished the entire rug.
      3. I used 3 different patterns of sheets and mixed them up within the bunches, it just came out with this pattern.
      4. I haven’t tried it with plain sheets so I am not sure how it will turn out.
      5. You will get lumps provided you knot is as the following method (I showed this in Braided Rag Rug tutorial):
      When come to the end of a strip and need an extension extension, fold the end of the strip at about 1 -1.5″ from the edge, make a small slit vertically. Do the same to the new strip.
      Put the new strip on top of the existing and pass the tail end through the slit holes.
      Gently pull the strip until is goes all the way to the other side. The end of the existing strip goes through it as well.
      Tug it a little to tighten up the joint.
      And space out the knots so that they are not all in one spot.
      Hope I have explained your questions. If you need further clarification, please feel free to ask again.
      Thank you.

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  20. Hello! About to take on this project and wondering what size cardboard I should cut, since I’m hoping to make a rug about 54 x 42?

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial!!

    • Hi Anne,
      As you may have read that my cardboard is about 28 x 20″ and the finished rag rug is about 25″ x 14″, thus, if you want to have a finished size of 54″ x 42″, you will need roughly 60″ x 60″ of cardboard. It is huge and I am not sure of you can find this cardboard easily. What I have in mind is that you could probably adapt the method of weaving but instead on the cardboard, you can do it on balcony railing, just a suggestion.

  21. how many strips do I need to leave for the weave strip? I’m actually not using sheets b/c I have various pieces of left over material. But, if you could tell me how many king size strips you used for the weave strip, I could figure out the length I need. Thanks!

    • Hi deedee,
      I didn’t calculate how many strips I have used as the weaver strip. Base on this size of the rug, I would estimate that the strip is about 12 yards long. As it is only an estimation, please allow more to be on the safe side.
      Happy making!!!

  22. Hi there, I really could use some help. I’ve weaved my rug to the end and have no idea how to finish the rug off. I’ve read through the instructions several times and I also read through 2 pages worth of comments but I’m still not able to figure it out. Could you kindly clarify? Thanks so much!

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