6 Art: Rag Rug

Rag rugs adorned many Colonial and Revolutionary American homes.  Ladies could take old clothing, bedding, and left over fabric and turn them into functional rugs.

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EHA Supplies:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Plastic needle
  • Thread
  • Safety pin


  1. Cut the fabric into long strips. 
  2. Pin three strips of equal size together at the top.
  3. Hold the pinned part steady and start braiding.
  4. When you reach the end of a strip, cut two holes in the braided strips, then intertwine the new strip without knotting.  Once this is braided, it will hold in place.  Knots cause bulges.
  5. Keep braiding and occasionally check the size of your rug by winding your braid in a circle.
  6. Once the circle looks large enough, thread the needle and knot the end of the thread.  Starting at the MIDDLE of the rug, stitch every half inch or so in a circle. 





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