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Granny’s Rag Rug

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This granny’s rag rug has been a part of my life since childhood as both my late grannies used to make it and distribute to all their kids, aka, my parents, aunts, and uncles. The rug shown in the picture above was not done by my grannies nor me. I bought it from the market. I wasn’t lucky enough to own one from them as they passed away many years before I had my own family.

granny rag rug

The one in my mum’s house which was made by my granny is already mangled beyond recognition…. but my mum is still using it because it was handmade by her beloved late mother. If I am not mistaken, it should be more than 10 years old or even 20 years!!!!

granny rag rug

This kind of rag rug is very good for absorbing water and trapping dirt eg. sand between the folds, yet easy to clean and it is durable.  My mum loves to step on it while doing her cooking. It keeps her feet away from the greasy and cold kitchen tile flooring and it also helps to absorb spilled water on the floor fast and neat… Yeah, for Chinese, it is always greasy and steamy when it comes to cooking!

I don’t know what’s the name for this rug…. can anyone tell me? I used to call it “Granny’s Rag Rug” but what is its common name? Vintage Rug With Folded Triangle? I have been google-search it but still can’t find what is the exact name… If you know it please tell me by leaving a comment down there… THANKS!!!!

granny rag rug

Traditionally, the tiny “spikes” are supposed to be folded into a triangle, but somehow the one I bought turns out to be “rectangle”. Be it triangle or rectangle, the “spikes” were then being machine sewn onto a piece of fabric base, starting from the outer row working inward to the center.

Wonder whose feet is it in the photo? It is Nicole’s, my lovely daughter. She came back from school and saw this colorful rug on the floor. She loves it so much and doesn’t want to take her feet off it 🙂 She’s even begging me to take photos of her with it. There she is, imitating that she is the lioness, “ROARING… errrr” at me!

granny rag rug

This is only the piece I bought from the market. How will she react if I made one???? I can bet she will use it as a blanket if I made it big enough to cover her body in bed. By the way, she likes to stroke the soft corners of her little pillow while falling asleep, so I think she will like this tiny soft ” spike” for her to stroke to dreamland 🙂

I will make one, 1 day and pass down to her when I collect enough fabric scraps from my project’s leftover…. Or will someone feel so kind to sponsor some to me so that I can implement this plan faster? It needs quite an amount of fabric to make though.

Hopefully, I can make as many rag rug as I  can to all my kids and grandchildren, the same way as what my grannies did. One day, they will still continue to call it Granny’s Rag Rug when I am gone!!!!

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Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Thank you for your post. Search this on you tube — Tapete redondo de biquinhos (estrela) Silbene Borges

There are numerous tutorials with lots of variations. I’m going to give this a try!

Craft Passion

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

Thank you Kristin. The video helps.


Friday 24th of April 2015

this is a best job


Tuesday 18th of July 2017

I was looking for the "triangles" DIY rug and ran across your post. I think I have finally found what I was looking for and thought I'd share. They are called Pine Burr rugs. Only a few have I found on Pinterest. I am in the l o n g process of making one myself. I cheated and am using a checkered fabric for the top of the base so I don't have to mark rows, saving me Some time. What also helps is that I chain piece the triangles first by taking a square of fabric and fold it twice to form the triangle. When I have enough to sew a couple of rows, they are sewn down on the base. Being a quilter, I have plenty of cotton scraps, but I am using material that has been acquired from gifted bags of the stuff. Fiber content unknown. Enjoy your day!

Larry T Del Buco

Monday 28th of October 2013


Laura Rose, Just got around to seeing your, 'How To' on the rectangles. One word: PERFECT..... Thanx..Larry


Wednesday 28th of November 2012

I found the same blog with a tutorial that Laura posted. Not sure I like putting a piece of material in the center. What is in the center of the rug that is pictured here? It looks like more triangles but I can't tell for sure.

Craft Passion

Wednesday 28th of November 2012

it is a 2-row ruffles at the center.

Jill Potter

Sunday 2nd of September 2012

Hi, This is a really neat rug, but I'd love to hear about and see more of your table runner. :) It looks like something I'd like to have. Thanks! Jill