Ragged Life Students’ Rag Rug Designs

Since 2017, I have been featuring former 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-offs. 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 hello@raggedlife.com – I absolutely adore getting photos through ūüôā

Student’s Rag Rug Designs:

If anyone is the proud owner of my second book “Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners” you will have perhaps seen the technique of locker hooking featured in chapter 5. It’s an extremely practical form of rag rug making as the little loops are locked in position and cannot be tugged out no matter how hard you try (plucky pet proof!) Jane has been super clever and added a shaggy trim to her locked hooked rug, which I think adds even more joy to it. Great idea and execution Jane!¬†

Colourful locker hooked rag rug made by student Jane using t-shirt material and jersey

Mandy was quick off the mark and snapped up four balls of gorgeous mohair blanket yarn, which she used to brilliant effect peg loom weaving this awesome runner with one of our 90cm Peg Looms. She said it’s the quickest rug she ever made and the patterned yarn took the worry out of choosing different colours. Beautiful rug made by a beautiful person – well done Mandy!

Multicoloured woollen peg loom woven rug

Former student, Julie,¬†put in¬†time and effort shaping the shaggy fabric pieces to create this gorgeous rag rug masterpiece.¬†I particularly love the glittery gold pieces, which totally lift the whole design. Personally, I’d be happy having this up any time of the year.¬†Amazing job Julie!¬†

Woman holding festive handmade rag rug Christmas wreath

Cynthia started this classic striped rag rug in one of our Ragged Life classes two years ago and built it up using leftover fabric from her dressmaking projects. Now if that isn’t what making a rag rug is about then I don’t know what is. Great job Cynthia!¬†

Striped handmade British rag rug made using sewing project offcuts

Kirsten was one of the students on my first ever braid-in rag rug class in Hertfordshire last month. She certainly didn’t hang around and immediately got stuck into her first braid-in project made using green and neutral blanket yarns.

Her final circular rug featured above is around 110cm in diameter, took around 21 hours to make (amazingly quick considering how long some rag rug techniques take!) and used around 5 balls of blanket yarn. Amazing work Kirsten!

Psst: There’s still time to book onto a braid-in rag rug workshop in Hertfordshire, York or Brighton. We may not run this classes in this technique for a while, so book on here now to avoid disappointment.

Stephanie took my online beginners rag rug course through Domestika and this is her first completed¬†rag rug project, which took around a year to make. It features the image of Ganesh (her in-laws are Indian) and is the same symbol that was used on her wedding invites. The material used is her son’s baby clothes and crib sheet, so the piece means a lot to her on multiple levels.

I was particularly excited to see how Stephanie used both the front of the loopy rag rugging (the red Ganesh image) and the back of the loopy rag rugging (the white background) for contrasting textures. 

It was also really cool how the border was a diagonal ombré, transitioning from dark in the bottom right corner to light in the top left corner. Lovely work Stephanie! 

Ganesh rag rug with blue shaggy border

Ros took a little break from working on a shaggy seat pad to make this gorgeous coiled cord bowl for her dressing table. It uses up fabric scraps she had lying around, which blend together perfectly.

Ros’s sewing machine didn’t like the last couple of rows of the bowl, so she hand sewed them in place.

Tip: For the coiled rope method of rag rugging, working with a purple tip needle (for heavy weight fabrics) seems to work well if you’re having any issues. This was a great tip from a Ragged Life friend.¬†

You can buy the cord to make these bowls on the Ragged Life Online Shop here.  

Handmade Red coiled rope bowl made using fabric scraps


Rosie made these classic shaggy rag rugs back in 2021, but I only recently realised that I hadn’t featured them yet. Sorry Rosie, but better late than never! These are classic shaggy rag rugs at their very best – textured and glorious.¬†

Rosie used a rag rug spring tool, cutting gauge and hessian backing for both rugs. Thanks for sharing Rosie and sorry for not featuring them sooner.

Pink and blue striped proggy mats

Apparently Trish had a lot of fun making the rag rug flowers in this beautiful bouquet. Each flower was made with such care and I think that really shows in the final result, which is stunning. 

Trish played around with shaping the “petals”¬†and cutting the shaggy strips different widths, which makes each flower look totally unique.¬†

Inspired? You can pick up a Rag Rug Bouquet Kit with the Tools here or just the hemmed hessian, instructions and stems here (if you already have the tools). 

Fabric flowers made using rag rug techniques by student Trish

Cherry made this gorgeous striped cushion on one of our Ragged Life 50cm wide peg looms ūüėÄ I’m pretty sure most of the fabric was old bedding. The colours are so rich and go together beautifully. Cherry, you’re a true talent!

Pink and purple striped peg loom woven cushion made using old recycled bedding


Debbie learnt how to rag rug at a workshop with me over six years ago when I still lived in London. She was immediately hooked and has been creating gorgeous rag rug projects ever since.

Last year, Debbie came across hessian placemats in the Zara Home Christmas sale and bought 73 (yes, 73!!!) to have a play around with. She bought every hessian placemat left in Malta!

The photo above is one of those completed placemats and the original inspiration. I think her placemats would make an amazing series of wall hanging panels.

Debbie also bought some runners in the same sale which she plans to tackle at some point, so she’ll most certainly be kept busy for a while.

Do what you love hooked multicoloured rag rug placemat


Lindsay came along to a few of our Hertfordshire rag rug coffee mornings and I had the absolute pleasure of seeing this rug develop. It shows an absolute mastery of colour and design and there’s not much more I can say beyond, “I absolutely love it”.¬†

Your¬†rug is truly gorgeous Lindsay!¬†ūüėÄ

Colourful handmade rag rug with star pattern in recycled sari silk ribbon

Jackie sent me this lovely photo of her first ever rag rug,¬†which kept her busy throughout¬†the colder Winter months. This design really warms my heart as it has¬†so many of the traditional rag rug design elements in it. It has a dark border, which wouldn’t show the dirt as much (the edges of a rug always get the most wear). It has a diamond design, which classically represented hearth and home and most importantly¬†red to ward off evil spirits.¬†

A modern update on a classic design – thanks for sharing Jackie!

Blue and red diamond rag rug with dark border in traditional proggy technique

Brenda has been having a jolly old time playing around with the coiled rope technique of rag rugging featured in our last newsletter (learn the basics of how it is done here if you’re interested).

Beach accessories sorted, hope you’ve been taking advantage of the nice weather Brenda!

Gorgeous coiling, thanks so much for sharing ūüėÄ

Coiled rope rag rug beach basket and hat in recycled blue fabric strips.

Teresa made her own version of the Brazilian¬†Tapete de Retalhos (Patchwork Rug)¬†from “Rag Rug Technique for Beginners” and it sits perfectly in her doorway.¬†

She had to hunt down some black jeans to do it but it was all worth the effort in the end.  

Brazilian Tapete de retalhos

Penny sent in a¬†photo of this quintessential shaggy rag rug at the beginning of March and I’ve been holding back from sharing until Easter as the pastel colours¬†made me think of emerging¬†Spring.¬†

Penny made this rug¬†for her granddaughter from her cousins’ old clothes, so it’s truly a family history rag rug.¬†Apparently Penny initially bought a rag rug kit from us and¬†has now made six rugs!¬†That is quite the achievement Penny, so well done you.

Striped pastel proggy handmade rag rug

Julie’s latest rag rug creation is this pretty loopy cushion made in a mix of different greys with pops of yellow and teal. Personally, I think it’s a¬†subtle design that would fit in many homes.¬†

Julie’s cushion backing was also very impressive¬†– perfect hems and three statement buttons!¬†An absolute beauty both front and back.¬†

Excellent rag rugging and sewing Julie Рthanks for sharing. 

Grey and yellow striped rag rug cushion in the hooked technique

Susan came along to a locker hooking class with us at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year. If you look carefully, at the top of this photo, you can see the coaster she made in that original workshop.

Needless to say, Susan really took to the technique and this gorgeous “Hit and Miss” rug (where you use lots of different materials you have to hand) is the result.¬†

Amazing work Susan Рwhat a joyful rug! 


I always regret not taking more photos of my rag rugs when they are work-in-progress. Photos are¬†nice to look back on as you can see how you built up the design. I took this photo of Sandra’s latest project at our last Rag Rug Coffee morning¬†before Christmas to keep a record for her before she finishes it.¬†

I only realised once I had taken the photo that it even has a little glimpse of the original rag rug that inspired the design (see the floor below). 

Colourful lantern rag rug design


Jane sent me this photo of her completed rag rug just before Christmas and boy did it put a smile on my face.It was made in the loopy technique (done with a rug hook), following the design on our Limited Edition pre-printed spiral hessian. Fabric-wise, it’s made using a selection of blue 100% wool blanket yarn, so you can bet it just feels amazing. Well done Jane – amazing work!¬†Looks like the grandogs approve too ūüźē

Blue hooked spiral rag rug with dogs

On the left is Janice’s version of our Ragged Life checked sari silk rug (right) from our second book “Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners”. Personally, I think both these rugs just go to show how effective a simple pattern can be. You can build them up one square at a time, which is immensely satisfying. Both rugs have been made using our 100 x 60cm Medium rug hessian,¬†a rag rug spring tool and cutting gauge¬†(to do the short shaggy technique).¬†Gorgeous colour choices Janice!

Two handmade checked colourful British rag rugs

As¬†a carer, Nicky completed¬†the rug in her free time¬†between visiting clients, which just goes to show that rag rugging is a craft that you can pick up and put down quite easily.¬†Who wouldn’t want to run their fingers through that rug. Brilliant work Nicky!

Blue shaggy British style proggy rag rug

One of the eight¬†rag rug techniques featured in my second book “Rag Rug Techniques for Beginners” is called twining. It¬†creates a beautiful, tightly woven style of rag rug that is a joy to behold (and to walk on).

Sandra made this twined mint-coloured mat using three balls of our 100% Wool Blanket Yarn and I think it looks a treat. Well done Sandra!

Twined rag rug made using blanket offcuts

It’s a biggy this one! Not quite finished, but it’s always nice to see things work-in-progress as you get a better idea of the process.

Julie is just over half way through filling this XL hessian in the loopy technique of rag rugging. Unbelievably, this is only one piece of a larger rug as Julie plans to join multiple rugs of this size together to create a mammoth area rug.

Striped loopy extra large rag rug

Maree made this stunning rug for her daughter Britt all the way over in Queensland, Australia. It was made using the rag rug spring tool, which is why it has such gorgeous texture!¬†Beautiful colours and composition¬†Maree – I bet Britt can’t wait to sink her feet into it.

Australian rag rug made with traditional tools

Rag rug coffee morning regular, Julia was the first ever person to feature in our Student Spotlight and now we’ve come full circle! She made this pair of loopy rag rug cushions using two balls of our 100% Wool Blanket Yarn (one ball per cushion) and they look just delightful on her sofa.

Purple hooked rag rug cushions on sofa

Ann loopy rag rugged our pre-printed spiral hessian¬†to make a rug for a family member whose favourite colour is mustard. Although it was a difficult colour to source the right colours at first, she managed to pick up enough duvet covers, throws and curtains to make this gorgeous piece in record time.¬†You can buy pre-printed hessian on the Ragged Life Online Shop here ūüôā

Green yellow and mustard spiral hooked loopy rag rug

Jools made up the design for this gorgeous floral ottoman cover as she went along, hence the “freestyle” nature of it. I particularly love how well the flowers pop agains the colourful background. What a triumph!

Colourful flower rag rug ottoman cover

Jan made this gorgeous rag rug wreath with a mixture of our Ragged Life 100% Wool Blanket Yarn balls. She was hot off the mark and managed to get some of our highly coveted shades of red from the latest batch from the mills, which mix perfectly with the greens for a festive feel.

Understandably, Jan has had quite a few rag rug wreath requests from friends since РI can understand why.

Thanks for sharing Jan!

Blanket offcut rag rug Christmas wreath in green and red

Rag rug coffee morning regular, Julie, made this lovely loopy number from a few of our 100% Wool Blanket Yarn balls in the neater, loopy technique of British rag rugging. She personalised the rug for her daughter with bold black initials, which make it stand out from the crowd.

I particularly love how Julie blended from one colour to the next – fab work Julie!

Julie's pink loopy initial rag rug

Christine has been a busy bee over the past few weeks making this absolutely gorgeous rag rug bouquet for a friend. The combination of bold, plain fabrics and zany patterned ones, plus all the different textures make for a pretty spectacular bunch of everlasting flowers.

Nice job Christine, I can’t wait to see what you make next.

p.s. if anyone is interested in buying the hemmed hessian to make a bouquet of seven rag rug flowers, you can do so on the Ragged Life Online shop here.

Everlasting rag flower bouquet

Over the years, I’ve shared many of rag rug coffee morning regular Cherry’s gorgeous rag rug creations, but I have to say that¬†this is one of my absolute favourites of hers.

Cherry made a few different flower templates which she drew around and repeated across the rug to create this whimsical design. I particularly love the colours, which look just dreamy together.

Fab work Cherry!

Handmade flower rag rug

Beckie made an amazing rug for her narrowboat from six balls of our 100% Wool blanket yarn and three balls of our Ragged Life Chenille.

Well done Beckie, it looks fantastic, you must be thrilled with it¬†ūüėä

p.s. look at how well it matches with those curtains!

Handmade hooked woollen rag rug on a narrowboat

Janet and Nina have really been embracing the coming of spring with these gorgeous rag rug bouquets.

Janet came along to one of our Online Rag Rug Bouquet Classes and made the beautiful pastel-coloured Easter bouquet (top left and bottom right), while Nina received the pre-hemmed bouquet hessian to make two bouquets from her son for her birthday. Nina actually used a soldering iron to cut the strips for her organza bouquet (bottom left) to prevent them from fraying. Apparently it’s fine as long as you do it in a well-ventilated space as the fumes are quite nasty.

Great job on your stunning bouquets ladies¬†ūüėä

Rag rug eco-friendly bouquets

Anne made this beautiful, textured rug for her art-loving daughter and I bet you can guess which famous artist inspired it. That’s right, Monet!

I love how Anne shaped some of the shaggy rag rug pieces to create the petals of the waterlilies. You can tell that a lot of care went into its creation.

Great job Anne – I hope the butterfly rug is going well¬†ūüėä

Monet proggy rag rug

Former Ragged Life workshop student, Debbie joined us for our last Rag Rug and Natter Night where she was sharing all her best tips on sourcing nice fabrics to rag rug with, as well as an update on her latest work in progress project.

Debbie has been on an absolute roll recently, having made a couple of gorgeous pieces for friends. Debbie based the design of this rug on Maltese tiles and is kindly giving it to a friend in Brighton. Lucky thing!

Black and white hooked rag rug maltese tile design

Today we’re showcasing the lovely Christine’s beautiful 100 x 60cm shaggy rag rug. Christine blended eight balls of our cosy woollen blanket yarn to make this stunning, cosy rug. A real treat for your feet, especially in the cold winter weather.ÔłŹ Gorgeous work Christine – thanks for sharing x

Autumn orange red and brown rag rug

November and December were all about Rag Rug Wreaths, so it’s been a little while since we’ve shared a rag rug bouquet.

We absolutely loved this one from Joanna, which has such a mix of different textures. I can immediately spot some of our Chenille yarn, Blanket Yarn and even a bit of lace. Beautiful work Joanna Рthanks for sharing x

Everlasting fabric flower rag rug bouquet

Cherry is one of our Hertfordshire Rag Rug Coffee Morning regulars, and has been making wonderful rag rug pieces ever since she took a rag rug making course with me back in 2016.

Her latest rag rug (hot off the press) makes me feel warm and fuzzy just to look at it. The colours are so rich and snuggly. It was made in the loopy style of rag rugging, entirely with a latch hook.

Red and purple hooked rag rug with latch hook and rag rug scissors

Arlene made this circular shaggy rag rug as a cosy corner mat for her granddaughter’s nursery. And doesn’t it finish off the perfect little reading or play cubby.

Arlene hasn’t unveiled the rug to her¬†granddaughter rug yet, as she’s planning to give it to her for¬†a Christmas gift, but her son managed to sneak¬†a¬†photo of it in situ, so Arlene would be able to see how it fit.

We don’t often get¬†circular rugs through and this one looks a treat. I’m sure your granddaughter will be over the moon Arlene¬†ūüė䬆¬†Thanks for sharing x

circular white rag rug in kids nursery

This particular jolly number was made by Liz who attended one of our in-person beginner workshops in October. She bought the hemmed hessian, mount and instructions at the end of the class and made her masterpiece soon afterwards.

I particularly like the hints of gold in some of the fabrics.

Thanks for sending in your creation Liz ūüôā

Traditional rag rug festive Christmas wreath

Lin (whose wreath below it is) came along to our first ever Ragged Life rag rug workshop in beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon. She used chiffon and light, floaty fabrics to create a wreath with flair.

When Lin came to the styling of her wreath, she decided to use it as a pretty table centrepiece instead or hanging it. And boy does it look good! Has anyone else done something a bit different with their wreath?

p.s. if anyone fancies making their own rag rug wreath and doesn’t want to hem the hessian, you can buy the hessian, mount and instructions to make one¬†here.

Rag rug Christmas wreath

You may remember Emily from her fabulous rag rug cherry clutch bag we featured previously. Well, Emily has been at it again, and this time she’s created a showstopper Aztec-style rag rug in the loopy technique. As well as being very inspiring, personally, I think this design just goes to show that you don’t need lots of colours to create something special. Thanks for sharing Emily.

P.s. If you want to get your hands on the easiest tool to loopy rag rug with, check out our Ragged Life Rag Rug Hook.

Black and white Aztec rag rug

Natasha (@sewnatasha) shared this shaggy rag rug cushion she made using our Easy Peasy Rag Rug Cushion Kit on Instagram. The shaggy cushion is made using scraps from Natasha’s first year of sewing and looks just great – who wouldn’t want to sink back into that?

Want to make a similar cushion, pick up a piece of hemmed hessian on the Ragged Life Shop here or follow Ragged Life on Instagram here.

Striped proggy cushion

Svetlana used simple ribbon weaving techniques to blend¬†together two balls of our 100% Wool Blanket Yarn to create this super soft cushion cover, and doesn’t it look neat ūüôā Apparently the blanket yarn was just too pretty to cut up! (We know the feeling). If you’d like to learn how to ribbon weave with blanket yarn then check out our tutorial blog post here.

Ribbon weaving red cushion

Jenny made this little rug to hang in her window to cheer up passers by during lockdown. I don’t know about you, but I know it would certainly bring a smile to my face!

Rag rug rainbow

In early April (2020), Gill made this fabulous rag rug for her granddaughter, Elsa’s 7th birthday. It was inspired by a drawing Elsa had done in art club at school, which Gill cleverly had blown up to A1 side at her local printers. Gill wasn’t able to deliver the finished rug until a bit later than she’d hoped due to lockdown, but here are a few photos from when she finally reunited with her grandchildren.

Elsa’s¬†brother Alex (5) thought we’d¬†like to see him in a photo too, so¬†Gill¬†gave him some pens (as you can see) so he didn’t feel left out.¬†ūüė䬆

Gill, it goes without saying, you’ve made a true masterpiece that Elsa will treasure for years to come – good job you!

Handmade cat rag rug pink memory mat

This is Julie’s first ever handmade rag rug, and I just love how¬†jolly it is. Who doesn’t love a good rainbow, especially at the moment! It was made using her stash of old material and scraps, along with some of our cosy blanket yarn.

Apparently Julie’s cat is a huge fan and has decided to take the rug over. Now if that isn’t an endorsement, then I don’t know what is!

Julies pictorial landscape rag rug with rainbow

Sue wasn’t sure whether the stars in this rug were starfish or stars in the sky. Personally, I think they look like an abstract starry night sky, but what do you think?

The border was loopy rag rugged in one of our Ragged Life Tartan Blanket Yarns, which self-patterned to give a gorgeous effect.

Hooked star rag rug

Janice made this beautiful striped shaggy rag rug from a mixture of blue, green and neutral 100% Wool Blanket Yarn from the Ragged Life online shop. It’s the first rag rug she’s made and I think you’ll agree that it looks super cushy. Who wouldn’t want to sink their feet into that! Good job Janice ūüôā

Blue green and cream striped proggy rag rug

Pat made this beautiful loopy rag rug using an old curtain, lambs wool shawl, sheet and t-shirts. Plus,¬†the grey tower was made from a dress her daughter wore many years ago as Saxon armour (there’s a story there I’m sure).

This rug is important, not just as a memory of a visit, but because Pat discovered how her paternal grandmother had made rugs for their house many decades ago. I think everyone can agree that this is quite the masterpiece.

Dubai rag rug and tree proggy rag rug

Debbie has been in lockdown in Malta, but fortunately all this spare time has been a blessing as she’s had the time to make this gorgeous rug using whatever she had on hand.¬†What a lovely design – good job Debbie!

Diagonal striped rag rug

Heather has been incredibly productive during self-isolation and finished this stunning spring rag rug, made using the Short Shaggy rag rug technique.

Apparently, Heather had some pre-cut fabric left over, so she’s going to make a matching spring wreath. We can’t wait to see it.

Easy to make spring rag rug

Eleanor started making this beautiful loopy rainbow rug for her daughter Evie after buying a kit from us at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show last year. It may not be finished, but we already think it looks great. Apparently, Eleanor is planning to make a nice rag rug bouquet next ūüôā¬†

Handmade Evie name rainbow rag rug

Gwen made this gorgeous rag rug bouquet after a beginners rag rug workshop she took with us in York.¬†She felt so inspired afterwards that she even went on to upholster a footstool! Now that’s ambition and I like it ūüôā

Gwen's rag rug flower bouquet

Emily made this cherry design rag rug purse for her mum,¬†whose name is… wait¬†for it… Cherry! She used the purse pattern from my book¬†“Rag Rugs, Pillows & More”, but cleverly adapted the design from a watermelon to a set of cherries. Rag rugging 3D¬†items isn’t the easiest task, so big round of applause to Emily for absolutely nailing it ūüôā

Blue rag rug purse with red cherries

Mary cleverly swapped in black for¬†white¬†in her adaptation of¬†Elspeth’s original denim chevron rag rug from “Rag Rugs, Pillows & More” (top). She used a mixture of different shades of denim (mostly old jeans) and t-shirts to create this striking version, which looks just lovely on her painted floorboards.¬†I’m sure a few of you have some old jeans lying around, so Mary’s masterpiece just goes to show what great things can be made from what’s lying around the house!

Denim rag rug chevron design by Ragged Life

Heather absolutely blew our minds at the rag rug coffee morning Christmas meet up when she brought along this beautiful cushion she’d made from our 100% Wool Blanket Yarn. She’d not only rag rugged the front of the cushion in multiple¬†techniques, but she’d also woven together pieces of the blanket yarn to create an¬†equally beautiful backing for the cushion. Absolutely stunning!

Beautiful blanket yarn rag rug cushion handmade from recycled blanket offcuts

I had a whole tonne of fun choreographing this photoshoot of Carolyn’s superb pumpkin rag rug with an actual pumpkin, grown in the Ragged Life Hertfordshire HQ garden. I’m sure you’ll all agree that Carolyn looks very much¬†in her natural environment, just like her rug ūüėȬ†Beautiful work Carolyn!

Orange and green pumpkin rag rug with vines hooked in old clothing and jersey 

Cherry is one of our wonderful¬†regulars at the¬†Hertfordshire rag rug coffee morning and¬†has made everything from rag rug wreaths and bags to full on rugs. Well, we absolutely love her latest creation – an abstract bathroom mat.¬†Cherry, you’re still one of the queens of loopy rag rugging ūüôā We can’t wait to see it in situ. Great job!

Blue checked loopy rag rug made using old clothing and fabric offcuts

We were delighted to receive this photo of Monica’s campervan cushion. The attention to detail is really special, and we particularly love the use of the little daisies she added to the grassy area in the foreground, which were found on some children’s leggings.¬† Monica made this for her nephew and his partner for their wedding as they love to travel in their campervan.¬† We think this will be the perfect addition to their future getaways!

Campervan rag rug cushion made using old clothing

Sue really enjoyed experimenting with the rag rug designs of these cushion covers. She used a mixture of our Ragged Life 100% wool blanket yarns mixed with strips of old clothing, plus some purchased cotton yarns and t shirt yarns. We particularly love how she mixed the loopy and shaggy techniques¬†together¬†to great effect – she¬†even shaped the shaggy rag rug pieces into petals for the flowers. Apparently, Sue’s next project is a rug. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

Bright and colourful rag rug cushions made using wool, cotton and t-shirt yarn with flowers and stripes

Lesley is one of our¬†regulars at the¬†Hertfordshire Rag Rug Coffee Morning, which means I’ve been lucky enough to see this bathroom mat progress¬†from the very beginning. The loopy rag rug technique is definitely the hardest to do well, but Lesley has absolutely nailed it! I particularly love the variety of blues in the background, which swirl in and out of frame, as well as how Lesley picked out the colours from her bathroom to make it fully customised to the space. Great job Lesley – can’t wait to see what you make next. I hear rag rug letters are on the horizon ūüôā

Beautiful handmade loopy rag rug for the bathroom floor in orange, blue and white swirls. Handmade British rag rug on the bathroom floor

Lorie¬†used a combination of the traditional shaggy and short shaggy rag rug techniques to create contrast between the rag rug heart and background fabric, which makes the heart stand out beautifully. As well as a beautiful front, Lorie’s cushion also has a very neat back, as the envelope-back was made using the front panels of an old shirt… very clever indeed!

Blue and white short shaggy rag rug heart cushion made using old shirts

Julie came along to one of our Full Day Rag Rug Workshops earlier in the year and sent through this lovely stripey rug a few months later. I particularly love the warm colour scheme with bright pops of terracotta and yellow. It’s also particularly fun seeing the finished rug after seeing where it all began.¬†Great job Julie ūüôā Your second rug was lovely too!

Brown, orange, yellow and warm coloured stripey rag rug made using old textiles. Made in the traditional proggy technique using a rag rug spring tool.

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¬†ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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) ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 Рgreat 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 ūüôā

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! ūüôā


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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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‚Äôd 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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We’ve got lots of beautiful rag rug designs for you to take inspiration from on our social media channels.

Happy rag rugging everyone!

Elspeth x

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1 year ago

Great stuff!!!

Victoria Jackson
Victoria Jackson
3 years ago

I’m wondering what fabric Jenny used for her little rainbow rug. It looks very textured.

3 years ago

Wonderful creations x

Theresa Delves
Theresa Delves
3 years ago

Wow what a talented bunch, I especially love the cat ‚̧ԳŹ

4 years ago

They’re all really fabulous. Will have a go one of these days.

4 years ago

Such lovely results and amazing fabrics used I.e. umbrella fabric! Wow!

Victoria Jackson
Victoria Jackson
4 years ago

I find student spotlight totally inspirational. So many lovely things being produced from recycled items.


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