Making a Rag Rug Jacket

For me, 2020 is all about pushing the boundaries of what I can rag rug and I must say, I’m loving it. So far, I’ve done a spot of amateur upholstery whilst making my Rag Rug Ottoman and Rag Rug Laundry Basket and I’ve got more and more ideas springing to mind every day. Well, …

Rag Rugging with Pinking Shears

Throughout my rag rugging years, I’ve experimented with sooo many different fabrics to give texture to my designs. However, recently I’ve been mulling over how I can create texture in different ways. I’ve met a few rag ruggers who have tried using pinking shears to add a different look and feel to their designs (Janice …

15 Best Craft Kits to Keep You Busy During Quarantine

If you’re anything like me you also struggle to keep your hands still at the best of times. I am always looking for little projects to do to keep myself busy even if it’s whilst watching the TV in the evenings. Therefore in a time of quarantine it’s been a bit of a challenge to …

DIY Party Pom Poms

If you thought we’d tackled all things rag rug already, then you’re in for a surprise. Over the last week, we’ve been experimenting with DIY party pom poms made from recycled fabric. And they’re made… wait for it… without hessian! Yes, I repeat, without hessian, and even without the rag rug tools for that matter. …

Making a Rag Rug Laundry Basket

When you think of rag rugging, most of the time you think of rugs, rugs, and more rugs. Well, for a while now, I’ve been more interested in what else can be embellished using rag rug techniques… I started off with cushions and wreaths, and over time I’ve got more and more ambitious. I have …

15 Easy Craft Projects to Keep You Busy During Isolation

If this worldwide lockdown has provided us with anything then it is the gift of time. I know how often I hear myself saying ‘I wish I had a little extra time in the day to start that’ or ‘if only I had the spare time to finish this’. Now, most of us have so …

Ribbon Weaving with Blanket Yarn

Every couple of weeks our Hertfordshire rag ruggers gather together for our Rag Rug Coffee Morning in Great Wymondley near Hitchin (except during self-isolation at the moment). It’s such a nice occasion to see what others are making and to get inspired by their creations, all whilst having a good natter over tea and biscuits …

How to Make a Rag Rug Cushion

Since I made my first inaugural rag rug outfit back in 2004, I’ve made many many rag rug cushions. What’s more, since founding Ragged Life in 2014, I’ve taught hundreds of people how to rag rug cushions in my workshops. All in all, they’re a project I feel pretty confident with, so I thought I’d …

Rag Rugging with T-shirt Yarn – Hoooked

I’ve been making rag rugs for over fourteen years now…. about half my lifetime in fact. After sticking with one craft intensively for such a long time, it’s important to try new things to keep things interesting. I’m, therefore, always on the lookout for new project ideas, new innovations that can be applied to rag …

The Short Shaggy Rag Rug Technique

A couple of week’s ago, I shared a blog post showcasing my mum’s beautiful new rag rug made of jewel coloured sari silk. Well, this is the first rug that we’ve ever done in the “Short Shaggy” technique of rag rugging… a new method of rag rugging that we actually invented. Here’s what it looks …