Rag Strips For Rag Rugs

Rag Strips For A Rug

Rag Strips For A Rug

I’m making a few rag rugs for the kitchen.
Rag weaving makes good use of old worn out sheets, old clothing and leftover fabric pieces from past sewing projects.

Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast.


Compared to other types of weaving, rag weaving goes very fast.

Rag Rugs On A Loom

Rag Rugs On A Loom

The rug in the photo above is using up parts of an old red buffalo plaid flannel bathrobe; some grey linen from a skirt; some salvage strips from a pink quilt backing; and white sheets that are past all hope of repair. If I had wanted to get really snazzy I could have dyed the sheets before I tore them into strips.

Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 

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  5 comments for “Rag Strips For Rag Rugs

  1. mary carman
    September 2, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I keep looking for a loom that I can afford. I so want to make some rugs… I just love them and the fact they use up old materials in the making.

    • KMG
      September 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Mary –
      When it comes to floor looms it is a buyers’ market.
      If you are mostly interested in making rugs & already know something about weaving, I’d look for an old Union floor loom. The Union Special (Union #36) is a really good & sturdy loom. They were popular in the early part of the 20th century. You can often find them on Craig’s List for under $100. :-)

  2. September 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Beautiful! Will you be coming down to Stahlstown for the flax scutching festival?

    • KMG
      September 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I’d like to one of these years :-)

  3. September 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    That is so beautiful.

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