Apparently we throw away over 1 million tonnes of textiles every year in the UK – however as crafters I suspect we all look for alternative uses for old clothes or we mend and alter them. But here’s a way of recycling your cast offs that you might not have tried before: rag rugging.
I confess it’s a craft I’ve always seen as very old fashioned but I think it can be very modern if you make wise fabric and design choices. So I’m hoping my finished rug will be a pretty and contemporary addition to my home. However, as you can see, that might take a while!
If you want to have a go at making a rag rug all you need is some hessian, rags and a tool called a ‘proddie’. I bought my kit from ebay. I decided to use jersey fabric (old tshirts) in whites and greys to make my rug (but I’m going to have to ask my friends and family to help me out with supplies as I don’t have enough old tops to make a cushion cover let alone a whole rug!).
Let me know if you’ve made a rag rug before and if you have any top tips for anyone who wants to give it a go.