2019 Eco Challenge – Shampoo Bars and Zero Waste Shops

Firstly, a big apology for the lack of eco-challenge update recently. I’ve been so busy creating new rag rug video content, attending craft fairs and campervanning through Australia that it’s been tricky to find the time. Either way, I’m back now and here is what’s new… Reducing Waste & Zero-Waste Shops: Reducing Waste:  In my …

5 Questions a Rag Rug Beginner may Have

The latest member of the Ragged Life team is the lovely Emma from Hitchin. Emma is completely new to the world of rag rugging, so we thought we’d take advantage of her fresh eyes to find out what burning questions a rag rug beginner may have when they first start out. But, before we get started …

Reusable Face Pads Review

Those of you who are keeping track of my 2019 Eco Challenge will have already seen me tackle eco-friendly packaging and beeswax wraps in January in a bid to live a bit more sustainably. Well, in February I set myself the challenge of switching to a more eco-friendly gas provider (glam, I know!) and switching …

2019 Eco Challenge – Eco-friendly packaging

In case you missed my first blog post of the year, 2019 is going to be an eco-conscious year for me. Every month, I am replacing one product in my household with a more eco-friendly alternative product, as well as taking on an eco-friendly challenge for the duration of the month. I’m calling it my “2019 …

The 2019 Eco Challenge

The 2019 Eco Challenge: I’ve never been a big one for New Year’s Resolutions (I think I’m still scarred from my attempts to make it past the first week of January with no cheese), but this year I really wanted to use the new year momentum as a kick off to lead a slightly more …

My New Wapping Flat – A Crafter’s Home

I’m completely biased, but I think that the best place to live in London is Wapping, near Tower Bridge. For me, it still feels like a quaint cobbled community, despite how close it is to Zone 1. It’s definitely to do with its geography. Wapping is conveniently nestled in the bend in the river, which …

Rag Rugging on TV – my CBeebies debut on Junk Rescue

CBeebies – Junk Rescue: It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that in my line of work I’ve done some slightly strange, but cool things over the years… rag rugging giant display wreaths, live upcycling challenges, rag rugged outfits… the list goes on. Well, my latest exploit is that I’m currently on BBC iPlayer, …

Emmie… our new addition to the Ragged Life team

Ragged Life mostly consists of me (Elspeth), my mum, Victoria (the original rag rugger who gets dragged into my hair-brained plans) and a small group of talented rag ruggers who help me out when the commissions come through thick and fast. With such a small team, it’s extremely exciting when we get to welcome a …

A Social History of Rag Rugging

A Social History of Rag Rugging: In my line of work, I’ve spoken to thousands of people about the history of rag rugging, and what has really struck me from all these encounters is the feelings that the craft evokes. Some of us remember relatives making rag rugs, others were forced to cut up the fabric against their …

The Ragged Life Team

The newest member of the Ragged Life team is the crazy, but cool Joyce. Here are 5 reasons why I think she’s awesome and a perfect fit for Ragged Life: 1) Joyce absolutely adores crafts. Not only is Joyce an avid rag rugger, but she is also rarely to be found without a pair of knitting needles. …