How to make hooked rag rugs

Updated April 17, 2017

Hooked rag rugs require a little preparation, but they are fun and easy to make once you get started and can provide a relaxing way to entertain yourself in the evenings for several days at a time. They are also a practical way to reuse old scraps of various fabrics rather than throwing tired old clothing away.

Push the rug hook through the first hole you'll be using -- about 5 cm (2 inches) in from the edge to leave room for the border -- and use it to snag a loop of fabric, then pull the hooked fabric through the hole to form a loop about 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) tall, depending on your preference.

Skip one hole, and repeat the process, drawing up another 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) tall loop in the next hole.

Continue the process until you have a completed rug, leaving 5 cm (2 inches) of loose fabric on the ends.

Turn the edges of the rug under and sew or glue them into place to create a finished look.

Sew rug backing onto the back of your rug if you would like. Purchase rug backing at craft stores.


Draw a design on the canvas and follow it with different coloured scraps to create a lovely hooked rag rug. Rag rugs can also be knit, crocheted, or woven and sewn.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide cotton strips
  • Tapestry canvas, 3 holes every 2.5 cm (1 inch)
  • Rug hook
  • Strong glue
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