How To Make a Shag Rag Rug

A shag rug is a popular type of rug, especially in the 1970s during the hippie and disco era. These types of rugs differ from regular rugs as the material used for the rug creates a shaggy appearance, thus the name. You can make your own shag rag rug by yourself so that you wouldn’t have to spend money buying a shag rag rug from the store. The steps are quite easy. Read on below to know how you can make a shag rag rug.

Here are the steps that you can follow if you want to make a shag rag rug:

  • Materials you need. The materials that you need for making your shag rag rug are a burlap, fabric strips and a knitting needle (size 10). You can find these from your local craft store. To save money, you can make use of old fabric or clothes that you have at home. Cut them into long strips so that you can use them for your shag rag rug.
  • Sizes. The size of the shag rag rug you are going to make completely depends on you. Cut the burlap into the shape and size you want the shag rag rug to be. You can make several small rugs or just make one big rug.
  • Plan the design. You can make different designs on the shag rag rug that you are going to make using different colors of cloth strips. If this is the first time you are going to do this, it might be easier for you to create designs with less detail. You can start out by creating small shapes such as circles, squares, stripes, checkered or any other geometric shape that is easy. Draw the design on a piece of paper so that you have a guide when you make the rug.
  • Making the shag rag rug. The cloth strips that you should use should be about 2 to 4 inches long. Take a cloth strip and use the knitting needle to insert it on the burlap. Poke the needle through until half of the cloth is inserted. Afterward, re-insert the same strip on another hole to secure the cloth strip. Do this until you have covered the entire burlap with cloth strips.

These are the steps that you can follow if you want to make a shag rag rug. The steps are really easy to follow but finishing an entire rug can take some time. Practice doing this and soon you will be able to finish one rug in a shorter time. Try making other designs so that you can use the shag rag rug in your house. You can use the rug in your bathroom, kitchen and outside before entering your home.

Try working with different types of fabric to see which works best for your rug. You can also experiment on the width and length of the cloth strips so that you will end up with different types of shag rag rugs.


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