It’s official, I’ve become addicted to making 3D rag rug flowers. Ever since I came up with the pattern to make my first rag rug bouquet, I’ve been on an absolute spree. The thing is, I find it therapeutic (which can’t always be said about some of my larger rugs). It’s a quick and fun project where you can make 7 flowers (a whole bouquet) in just one evening!
This project is great for rag rug beginners and experts alike and is ideal for using up little offcuts of pretty fabrics that you’ve been saving (but even less pretty fabrics look good too). We made all of the flowers below using the shaggy technique of rag rugging using either a Rag Rug Spring Tool or latch hook, but you could even play around and incorporate some loopy rag rugging into your flowers.
As I’ve been on a bit of a roll, I thought I would put together a blog post to share some of the rag rug flowers I’ve made so you can take inspiration if you do decide to make a rag rug bouquet for yourself (you can buy a Rag Rug Bouquet Kit or hemmed hessian pack over on the Ragged Life Website).
If you make any rag rug flowers, please send any photos over to firstname.lastname@example.org for me to share below – it’s always great to see what people make and I’m sure other crafters would love to hear your tips.
So, here are some of my individual rag rug flowers and how they work in a rag rug bouquet – I hope you find it inspiring and colourful 🙂
Ragged Life Rag Rug Bouquets:
This was our first ever rag rug bouquet. We were particularly pleased with how the rag rug hydrangea (front centre) worked out as it looked so realistic.
We had a whole load of fun choosing what fabrics to use for the flowers but we landed on chiffon for the pink and white flower, silk for the hydrangea, velvet for the deep purple flower, t-shirt (with elastic in) for the light pink flower and cotton for the large pink floral flower.
Here you can see the different textures a bit better. We particularly like how the light pink t-shirt material creates petals that form into tubes and the velvet makes things look richer and more opulent.
Chiffon flowers fold to create geometric shapes within the petals – these add a certain sophistication to any rag rug bouquet.
This is how our rag rug hydrangea looked up close.
And here’s a top down view so you can see how the different the textures work together. Since taking this photo, I’ve trimmed the pink bottom flower down slightly to make it a bit more rounded.
The next bouquet was made as a spring bunch of rag rug flowers. I used mostly pastel colours and even used a bit of lairy black and white leopard print fleece. This is a good example of how adding a bit of interesting greenery to a composition makes it look so realistic and pretty.
I wanted to put together a spring bouquet of rag rug flowers and then it started snowing!!! Oh well, it made for some nice photos 🙂
Here’s a bit of a closer look at some of the rag rug flowers. It’s nice to use textured fabrics for the flowers as they add life to the bouquet.
Don’t they look pretty against the snowy floor…
The rag rug flowers look great from any angle as they’re 3D!
Here I was experimenting with what happened when I mixed fresh flowers with the rag rug ones. You can barely even notice that they’re different 🙂
This was a particularly bright bouquet of rag rug flowers!
Adding netting to your flowers adds gorgeous texture.
Student’s Rag Rug Bouquets:
Ali’s bouquet of pastel rag rug flowers looks lovely in this vintage coffee pot.
Here you can see the variety of colours in the bouquet up close.
Anne did a full day workshop with me where she started this cute rag rug bouquet. I love the mix of patterned and plain fabrics.
Caroline made a lovely rag rug bouquet to sit in pride of place in the centre of her dining room table.
Caroline even took a photo of how the flowers looked before she assembled them which was useful.
Michelle’s beautiful rag rug bouquet in reds, greens and creams… gorgeous!
Ali has been absolutely killing it with the rag rugging recently – check out these gorgeous fabric sunflowers 🙂
My friend Eddy made this gorgeous bouquet for his brother and sister-in-law on their wedding day… sooo cute!
Well that’s all I have by way of flowers for the time being but we’ll be updating this blog post as we make more so stay tuned for more flowers 🙂
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Happy rag rugging everyone!