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Woven Rag Rug

March 22, 2010 /

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

woven rag rug

I hope everyone can do their part in greening the Earth again and reduce the rubbish that loaded the landfill, turning trash into gold. By the way, when I gave the braided rag rug to my mum, she loved it so much and immediately she went to her storeroom to dig for more old bedsheets. This is how I ended up having more old bedsheets to recycle.

woven rag rug

After a few hours of stripping the bedsheet to prepare for the fabric strips, I am ready for the weaving process to DIY the recycled woven rag rug. I am glad that I found a big and thick carton box where I can modify it to make it into a DIY “weaving loom”. With the help of my husband to cut out the corrugated box into the correct size, I began to insert the strips into the prepared slots at the edges of the cardboard and started weaving them into a rag rug.

rag rug from old bed sheet

I love the way the mixture of the colors is presented in this woven rag rug, I didn’t make it on purpose but just to randomly gather color strips.

Let your feet feel cozy and warm with this thick, soft, Woven Rag Rug.

How To Make Woven Rag Rug


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

2. Sturdy corrugated cardboard of your preferred 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 Rug WIP1

Mark 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 Rug

Cut 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 Rug WIP3

Take 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 Rug WIP4

Since 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 Rug WIP5

Weave 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 Rug WIP6

Hide the weaving strip in the warp strips by passing through the strip within the weaves.

Woven Rag Rug WIP7

Take the woven rag rug out from the cardboard by lifting all the strips from the slots.

Woven Rag Rug WIP8

Trim the end to the length of bout 4″ or to your preference.
The woven rag rug is completed.

make woven rag rug


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Thursday 14th of March 2019

I love this rug but I am confused about the warp strip .... do I tie it off at the beginning of the warping process? Am I tying off each row of rags where they meet the cardboard? i am just not getting that part. Hopefully this blog isnt too old for responses. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks


Monday 17th of June 2019

I love this rug but found the directions left me with a few questions too. I haven't tried to make one yet but found this video tutorial and thought it might help you. Good luck !!


Thursday 11th of May 2017

I would love to see a video of how to make this. I learn better by seeing it being made. That's just me.


Monday 5th of December 2016

Did you notch both ends of cardboard or just one with loose hanging tails? thanks.

Melissa Hahn

Thursday 25th of August 2016

Hey! I wanted to thank you for your tut! I knew I wanted to make a rag rug but not a traditional one and yours was the trick!! I modified the ends by sewing some burlap on in a quilt binding sort of method because I didnt want fringe but I think it will make it sturdier!! I only used 6 strands per section I made mine 30x45 inches.

I think what people in this comments section are missing is the distance between horizontal weaves. Dont put them so close together! Just weave and put them somewhat close together then they will have that "diamond" look. I just measured and mine are an average of 1.5 inches apart using 6 strands. I would adjust to wider if more strands are used. Meh, dont stress, let the rug dictate how far apart they are.

I cannot post a picture here but here's one on my facebook hopefully you can see it and I dont get kicked out of here for thinking im spam...LOL :

Melissa Hahn

Thursday 25th of August 2016

Ohhh and I didnt use cardboard because I didnt have any but I had these things I use for blocking my knitting/crochet so I used them like this.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

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!

Craft Passion

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Hi Heather, After you have weaved your rug till the end, use your weaving strip to "tie" the warp strips, a bunch at a time. Hope this helps.