Ragged Life Students’ Rag Rug Designs

Since 2017, I have been featuring students’ rag rug designs in a Student Spotlight section of my fortnightly Rag Rug Inspiration Newsletter (which you can sign up to here if you’d like). It seemed a shame that these photos disappeared into the ether once they’d been sent out so I thought I would compile all of them here in a gallery of gorgeousness. Their rag rug designs are entirely original and one-0ffs. So here they are!

p.s. If you make rag rugs and would like to grace the student spotlight zone, please send your creations over to elspeth@raggedlife.com – I absolutely adore getting photos through 🙂

Student’s Rag Rug Designs:

I know Easter probably feels like a distant memory now, but I couldn’t help myself from sharing Amelia’s gorgeous, multicoloured spring wreath. I love how Amelia has used such a variety of different patterned and plain fabrics to add interest to the wreath. Every time I look at it, I spot another pattern 🙂 I think it just goes to show that wreaths aren’t just for Christmas!

Multicoloured Spring Rag Rug Wreath made using fabric offcuts and old clothing scraps

We’re so impressed with Julie’s beautiful and unique idea to create bunting as a surprise for her daughter Lucy’s wedding.  We think it was a particularly lovely idea to tie in the blush from Lucy’s dress and the pale blue to match the groomsmen’s ties too! Julie comments that it took her a long time to complete (we’re not surprised!) but that it was a lovely day at Wooton Park with glorious weather and she can safely say she’s been bitten by the rag rug bug!

Kay gave this old footstool a new lease of life with a lovely bit of loopy rag rugging. We love Kay’s use of colours in this design – check out how beautifully they compliment the woven footstool underneath.  We’re endlessly inspired by all of the different ways rag rugging can be used and this is the first time we’ve ever seen a footstool cover – thanks for sharing this with us Kay, we love it!

Loopy or hooky rag rug circular footstool in orange, cream and brown

We’re obviously having a bit of a run of cushions at the moment, which is unsurprising as they’re definitely one of the most fun and manageable projects, but I still couldn’t stop myself from sharing Emily’s beautiful tile-inspired cushion. She made it for her sister’s new house after being inspired by Portuguese tiles. That’s one lucky sister 🙂

Red and orange Portuguese tile DIY no sew rag rug cushion made using old clothing

Jane’s cushion is truly mesmerising with all the rich range of colours inside and you can’t help but be drawn in. I also particularly like how the cushion coordinates beautifully with the crochet blanket in front. Apparently talented Jane made that too! Can’t wait to see what you make next Jane (apparently she’s always thinking of the next project like me) 🙂

Shaggy rag rug heart cushion in white and multicoloured fabrics

Janice picked up some of our 100% wool blanket yarn in the colours “Tutti Frutti” and “Pink Cerise” to make these fabulous matching cushions. I love how each colour shows up in the individual loops, which creates an abstract pattern of its own. Fab work Janice.

100% Wool Blanket Yarn Loopy Cushions in Pink, Blue, Orange and Green made from textile waste from woollen mills

Kerry-Jo made this magical rag rug for her niece’s bedroom. I particularly love the blend of different neutral colours in the background that allow the unicorn to shine 🙂

Unicorn Rag Rug made using recycled fabrics

Monica absolutely floored me when she sent through this spectacular rag rugged lion cushion. Now that’s what I call a showstopper Mary Berry!

Rag Rug Lion Cushion Loopy and Shaggy rag rugging techniques

At its essence, rag rugging is all about repurposing fabric and materials that are no longer fit for use. Well, innovative Brenda has taken that ethos one step further and has made this rag rug from old umbrellas (you’d never believe it). Apparently, Brenda and her family were on the look out for broken or discarded umbrellas for quite a few months to make this wonderful rug.

Stripey rag rug made using old broken umbrellas

Cherry has really outdone herself with these gorgeous loopy rag rug cushions. You may have seen her first cushion when it was still unassembled photographed above and now here it is with its brother 🙂

Loopy rag rug cushions made using cotton and fabric offcuts

Graham made these placemats in the loopy style of rag rugging. His one on the left reminds me a lot of a Kaffe Fassett design.

Rag rug placemats in loopy rag rugging in oranges, reds and pink materials.

Monica’s circular rag rug cushion reminds me of a pretty fossil you’d find on the beach 🙂

Circular rag rug fossil cushion in the shaggy rag rug technique

I absolutely love this quirky cushion design by former student Julie. I think it demonstrates perfectly how effective a simple colour scheme can look.

Rag Rug Cushion design with flower in red and white fabric

Julia made this beautiful striped rag rug for her daughter’s home in Stockholm. When Julia first started rag rugging, she didn’t really like using fabrics that frayed, but she fully embraced a variety of different textures for this lovely rug and it looks so vibrant and interesting up close.

Julia holding her Scandinavian inspired black and white striped neutral rag rug for her daughters home in Stockholm

I love the style of this gorgeous shaggy rag rug by Brenda. I’m a huge fan of abstract patterns like this one as they can be built up organically without much planning (who doesn’t love a bit of improv).

Abstract swirl rag rug with blues, greens and reds made in the proggy technique using old t-shirts

Linda did such a lovely job making this pretty rag rug butterfly cushion.

Hooky rag rug cushion with butterflies

Jane’s plush rag rug pouffe goes so well with the pink and green rug in her living room 🙂

pink and green rag rug pouffe with stripes

This rag rug bouquet was made by Ali, one of the members of our Facebook Rag Rug Community, who has been on an absolute roll recently. I love how Ali has put them in a vintage coffee pot – great idea!

Pastel rag rug flowers in a vintage coffee pot

It’s actually really difficult to keep patterns defined in the shaggy technique of rag rugging but Monica nailed it with this leaf rag rug – beautiful!

Shaggy leaf rag rug design with border

Cherry attended my five week rag rugging course at The Settlement in Letchworth and couldn’t put her latch hook down afterwards. She made a series of lovely bags and this rug now sits in pride of place in her living room (apparently the dog loves it). Cherry made her rag rug using two of my standard rug hessian and joined them together once they were rag rugged – this makes it a lot less cumbersome than rag rugging in one large piece. Good thinking Cherry!

Red and Blue Striped Rag Rug and Flower Cushion

I’m lucky enough to marvel at Christina’s rag rug creations on a regular basis thanks to our rag rug round table meet-ups so I’ve seen this cushion quite literally twist and turn into a wonderful piece of art.

Christina's Loopy rag rug cushion

Monica made one of these rag rug baskets as an 80th birthday present for her aunt but I really hope she kept one for herself as they’re gorgeous!

Wicker baskets with rag rug flower trim in the shaggy rag rug technique

Bags are definitely one of the harder projects to rag rug, as you need to battle with multiple layers of hessian, but Brenda has masterfully combined the two rag rug techniques to create the most dazzling of rag rug butterflies. Fab work Brenda!

Rag Rug Butterfly Shopping Bag in the Shaggy Rag Rug Technique on Hessian

It’s not often that I see rag rug creations that have blended together both the loopy and shaggy rag rug techniques, which is one of the reasons why I was so excited when I got through Sandra’s photo of her first ever rug. I really love the neutral tones Sandra has used and the way in which the shaggy rag rugging frames the loopy stripes.

Sandra Loopy and Shaggy Rag Rug

To make this gorgeous shaggy rag rug cushion, Monica used almost 3/4 of one side of a king sized duvet cover for the cream outer and re-used the back and cushion pad of an old cushion to make up it up. If that isn’t recycled, I don’t know what is. Amazing job Monica!

Handmade Blue and Cream Shaggy Rag Rug Cushion on a grey sofa

Gillian made this lovely set of rag rug bunting using the shaggy rag rugging technique. She actually took the time to back hers unlike me 🙂

Multicoloured Shaggy rag rug bunting in campervan

Tricia used a simple striped pattern and mixed rich blues with patterned fabrics to make a rug that you can’t help but stare at (the photo doesn’t do justice to the richness of the colours). I don’t know about you, but it makes me think of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean when I look at it. Can’t wait to see Tricia’s next project (she has already started a flowery cushion). Watch this space!

Tricia Blue Striped Rag Rug

Inspired by the basket trim from my book “Rag Rugs, Pillows & More”, Sarah made this incredibly cute rag rug flower trim for her friend’s bike basket. I think you’ll all agree with me that it’s super adorable and I can’t wait to see a photo of it on the bike itself.

Rag Rug Flowers Green White Shaggy Loopy Black

And here it is on Sarah’s friend’s bike basket! 🙂

Rag Rug Bike Basket Flowers Craft Upcycling Green Cream

I absolutely adore the vibrant colours Rose used in this beautiful hallway rag rug.

Rose's Shaggy Rag Rug

Joyce started with a row in the centre of this lovely rag rug (rather than at one end) as she wanted to make the pattern symmetrical. It’s now sitting in pride of place in Joyce’s summerhouse 🙂

Joyce's Shirt Rag Rug

Gillian attended one of my beginners rag rug workshops a month ago and has been on fire ever since. She made her first rug for herself and then a second one for her son to put in his new flat. What a lovely housewarming present!

Gillian's Colourful Rag Rug

I particularly love how Monica has taken a simple striped pattern but made it more interesting by changing direction. This is one of my favourite rag rug designs of the year 🙂

Cute loopy rag rug cushion blue grey red

I absolutely love trivets as a way to practise both the loopy and shaggy rag rug techniques and I think you’ll agree that Sarah has hit the nail on the head with this delightful little number.

Rag Rug Heart Trivet Shaggy & Loopy Rag Rugging

Lynne made this rug specially for her daughter to take to university, which is a pretty neat idea given how drab uni accommodation can be. I bet Jodie will be so pleased that her new rug is winging its way up to Birmingham University (sure beats the Ikea experience).University Rag Rug

Rachel’s diamond-design cushion reminds me a lot of the gorgeous boucherouite rag rugs that exist all over Morocco. The jewel-like colours immediately transport me to warmer climes and I love how the more you look at the cushion, the more you notice (it’s not entirely symmetrical which isn’t necessarily obvious at first glance).Diamond Rag Rug Cushion

I think this cushion is the perfect example of how simple patterns can look incredibly effective as long as the colours work. Amazing work Sophie!Stripey looped rag rug cushion cat

Carolyn worked on this gorgeous rag rug piece for over a year and I’m sure she’ll agree that it was well worth the wait. Whether used as a wall hanging or as a rug, this piece will bring warmth and creativity to any space.Artistic Colourful Rag Rug with Star Design - unique rag rug designs

Cherry is one of the lovely ladies who came along to my 5 week Introductory Rag Rug Course at The Settlement this term. Since the course finished, she’s been firmly bitten by the rag rug bug and has rag rugged nearly 10 bags! That’s even more bags than me!!!Rag Rug Hessian Shopping Bag Ragged Life Workshop

One of my lovely former students, Rosey, has been spreading the rag rug cheer by teaching friends in Santorini how to rag rug. This is a photo of her friend Olga rag rugging by the sea (hence the parasols in the background) and I just adore the playful pops of coral in her rug.Rag rugging by the beach in Greece with sea

Rita, Tricia & Julia were all working on rag rugs at the same time. It’s interesting to see the different stages they’re at.

Ladies holding partially made striped rag rugs - different rag rug designs

Emily is the first person I’ve ever seen do a rag rug piece with diagonal stripes. It’s a little trickier to rag rug against the weave of the hessian but it’s such an effective design!

Shaggy Pink Rag Rug Cushion Diagonal Stripes

Julia’s blue shaggy rag rug is so rich and plush. It was made for the bathroom but I think it would look amazing in a nautical inspired room.Blue striped shaggy rag rug designs

Joyce was the first person to ever grace the Student Spotlight section. Her neutral coloured wreath would look great hanging  in the home any time of the year!

Neutral Rag Rug Wreath

If you’d like to see more student’s beautiful rag rug creations (trust me, this is just the tip of the iceberg), why not join our Rag Rug Community on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/groups/RagRugCommunity/


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Happy rag rugging everyone!

Elspeth x

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