Making a Rag Rug on a Loom

I have thought for quite awhile that Making a Rag Rug on a Loom would be an interesting project to try.

I recently ordered a loom from Dru over at The Country Farm Home to make a rag rug .  I know that some people make their own looms but the advice that I read was to get one from someone that knows what they are doing first, then make your own if you want to later on. Well being a technical idiot I certainly ordered one! :) Within a few days it arrived, nicely packed up in a Fedex tube, with basic instructions and a handwritten note in regards to assembling it. I just needed to put a few screws in and the boards were even labeled A-B-C-D.

I had an old fitted sheet that I cut up and used for the warp. Actually I tore strips and when my grandson and some other little kids were over here I asked if they wanted to help and believe me, tearing strips of fabric to 3 and 4 year olds is a very fun thing to do ! Their little eyes lit up and they had a blast ! :)


The loom is warped


On the day that the thrift / mission store had 50 % off linens and ‘bric-brac’  I went in and got lucky. Someone had donated some lovely sheets and curtains recently.  Here is what I came home with :


Linens from the thrift store for the rag rug


The red blanket with the black stripe is not for the rag rug. It is 100% wool, and knowing the price of wool at the fabric store and that I could use this in crafts if I felted it I could not  pass it up.  I had hoped for a gold fabric for the rug but these yellow sheets are 100% cotton, made in India, and so soft and smooth. The green is a denim-like heavy curtain, the coral is a heavy cotton, and then I picked up a pair of burgandy nursing pants and a red smock. All fabrics are either cotton or polyester.

Hopefully I will  do this correctly and it won’t all fall apart at the first washing : )  Here is a picture that I took when I had been doing the weaving  ( or whatever it is called : ) for awhile. When I did the “warp” I had the loom laying on the dining room table. Here it is on top of the steam radiator and I had been standing to do the weaving at this level.


Starting the Rag Rug on the Loom


The view from the window while standing and working on this is pleasant. While I have much crisper and better pictures on this blog of the goldfinches HERE and HERE, you can get an idea of how nice it might be to work on the weaving and see this from the window as the little bird serenades you with its’  song. To me it sounds as if they are chirping “So Sweet” or “So-Weet”.   This picture is taken from the dining room window when I photographed the loom.


View from the window while working on the rag rug


And along with little kids liking this…someone else does too : )


Kanga and the Rag Rug Project


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27 Responses to Making a Rag Rug on a Loom

  1. Oh, isn’t she (he?) sweet!! I absolutely love rag rugs. What a wonderful thing to be able to do. It’s going to be beautiful! How wonderful to have the birds serenade you while you braid!
    Thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment on my closet makeover and weight loss.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

  2. Sharon says:

    You are so talented! My Grandma made rag rugs and I loved using them. My favorite of your photos is the little playful kitty :)

  3. Carol Cook says:

    That looks like a fun project. I can’t wait to see it all finished – if the kittle lets you finish it.

  4. Tammy says:

    What a fun project. Once you finish one you may not be able to stop. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. The view from your window is beautiful.

  5. Oh, I’d love to make one someday.

  6. Mina says:

    Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Making one is on my to- do list. Love the cat photo!

  7. Vickie says:

    Your rug is going to be wonderful when it’s done! I’ve been wanting to make an oval braided rug similar to the one you’re working on. My daughter bought a few vintage braided rugs that I’m going to try to replicate…..someday.

    Thanks for stopping by! FYI, you are listed as a “noreply blogger” so I was unable to reply to your comment.


  8. My grandma had a huge loom in her house where she made rugs to sell. I don’t know whatever happened to that thing, but it was always so intriguing!

    Love the shot of the cleome and little bird on the sunflowers. Cleome is one of my favorite flowers and yet I didn’t get it planted this year. Fun to see it in someone else’s garden.

    Have you thought about enabling your email on your blog so that you’re not coming up as a ‘no reply blogger.’ It makes it lots easier for people to contact you.

    ANYway, hope you have a lovely week. :-)

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi I do have my email contact info listed on one of the pages in the tabs ( about Frugal Little Bungalow and Contact Info :) What I try to do ( as much as possible ) is to reply to the comments that are email only, as in they must not have a blog ) but anyone that has a blog listed, I skip replying and just try to return the visit within a few days…( and you do this as well, I know :)

  9. Jen says:

    What great colors! Can’t wait to see how it progresses.

  10. Grandma Kc says:

    You just amaze me — you will try anything! I can’t wait to see how this turns out — that is if Kanga doesn’t abscond with all your fabric! I love the view from your window, too. The only good thing about doing dishes is my view out the kitchen window — sure makes a difference!

  11. Wise move buying the loom, it looks a fantastic project and fun that your Grandchildren could help out. I bet you just created one of those lovely moments that they will remember and tell their kids about in years to come.
    Can’t wait to see what you end up doing with the beautiful red rug, unless your cute cat claims it first for a very comfy bed!

  12. Amy says:

    Hi Debra,
    I’ve been following your blog, and have been enjoying it! I am nominating you for a Liebster award, and will be doing a post about it today. Feel free to participate, or not. Even if you decide not to participate, hopefully just having your blog link in my post will bring you some traffic :)
    Amy at

  13. Connie says:

    Hello Debra, I laughed when I saw this post; I am writing a similar one. Mine is about sheets bought at a thrift store 50% off, making strips and then crocheting them into a rug! I have always wanted to try weaving a rag rug so next time I will try that. Love your pics as always and love that you had a helper too ;)

  14. I had no idea that was how they are made, so cool…can’t wait to see the finished project.

    I’m with Cranberry morning, anything that makes it easier for us bloggers to leave a comment will encourage us to do so.


  15. Sandra says:

    These look like so much fun!
    I would love to see the finished project :)

  16. This is going to be so pretty when you are finished — I wish I had the patience! Love your lil’ helper. :)

  17. Leanne says:

    Looking good. Tearing sheets would have been a hit at my house too!

  18. Kellianne says:

    Oh, I’m in love! I just adore rag rugs. Years and years ago, I made a round one and to be honest, scarcely recall how I did it.
    Digging that loom, how fun!

  19. This looks like great fun! Thanks for linking up!

  20. Cyn in S Calif says:

    Wow… big project. Looks like fun. Love the pic of the bird and especially your kitty. How cute!

  21. How fun and such a neat project. Love this idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  22. claudia w says:

    I love weaving! I like the deals you got at the thrift mission store. I need to get to a few that are close by me and see what I can come up with. With the rains coming I need a good absorbent rug for the back door when the pups come in.
    I am going to have to check out the place you got your loom. I have a rigid heddle (table top) and a floor loom. I don’t have room where I am right now to use either one and I am going through weaver’s withdrawal!
    Love your rug, can’t wait to see it finished!

  23. angi says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished rug!

  24. sharol says:

    I am going to try to weave a rag rug, similar to yours, as a classroom project for an end-of-the parent raffle. Can you just weave over and under, not the crocheting method of weaving? Thanks

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