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 email@example.com 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:
The Original Bouquet:
This is the first rag rug bouquet I ever made so it will hold a very special place in my heart. It taught me some very valuable lessons about what fabrics work best. You can read my tips below 🙂
My next bouquet was made as a spring bunch of rag rug flowers. You wouldn’t believe it from the snow on the ground, but these were finished in March! I used mostly pastel colours and even 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. All the flowers in this bouquet were done in the simple shaggy technique of rag rugging then trimmed to make them into cute “poms”.
The Experimental Bouquet:
Even though I’d consider myself fairly good at rag rugging, even I sometimes don’t know how certain fabrics are going to look. This bouquet wasn’t really planned, but came about after lots of experimentation with different materials. I particularly like how the netted fabric works in the lilac flower.
This tropical bouquet was one of the first bouquets where I actually decided to plan the precise colours and materials that went into it. I kind of winged it with the bouquets before… This bouquet is particularly unique as it’s the first time I shaped the petals to go into the flowers, rather than just doing the simple shaggy technique for each flower. I hope you like the unique look.
And this was the original bouquet that inspired this project. As you can see, it’s not a literal translation, but it gave a good colour palette and starting point..
In complete contrast to the bright, tropical vibes of the rag rug bouquet above, I really wanted this one to feel cosy, lush and opulent. Velvet is a great material for getting this feel, as well as any materials with a bit of shine… lining fabrics, for example.
Student’s Rag Rug Bouquets:
Below are some of the rag rug bouquets that you’ve made using our Rag Rug Bouquet Kits or hemmed hessian packs. I love seeing your creations, so if you do decide to make some flowers, please do send me work in progress or finished photos through 🙂 You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica’s bouquet of flowers look so realistic with the eucalyptus!
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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