How to Use a Rag Rug Gauge – Video

What is a rag rug gauge?

A rag rug gauge is one of the most basic, but useful tools in a rag rugger’s repertoire. Essentially, it’s a wooden block with a groove carved into it that allows rag ruggers to quickly and easily cut pieces of fabric to the correct length for shaggy rag rugging and short shaggy rag rugging. It saves so much time and effort in the fabric prep stage of making a rag rug that it’s a real must-have if you’re planning to embark on a large project.

Although a rag rug gauge is a fairly simple tool, there are a couple of things to watch out for when using one for the first time, so we thought we’d create a handy tutorial video to show exactly how it should be used. Here’s how it works…

So what makes our Ragged Life Gauge top quality?

Cutting your strips short using the rag rug gauge

Cutting your strips short using the gauge

We’ve spent a lot of time finessing our rag rug gauge to make it the very best it can be. Our Ragged Life gauge… 

  • Has a deeper groove than normal to prevent scissors snagging on the wood when cutting – protecting your expensive fabric scissors!
  • Is made of a quality beech wood for longevity.
  • Is longer than most gauges to fit more rags on at the same time.
This is the exact same gauge used to make all our Ragged Life rugs so you can rest assured that you’re buying what the experts use.

Where can I buy a rag rug gauge?

You can buy your very own rag rug gauge for £4.75 on the Ragged Life shop here, or you can buy a rag rug gauge as part of one of our rag rug beginner kits.
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As always, happy rag rugging!

Elspeth x

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