How to Make a Rag Rug Peg

Updated April 17, 2017

Rag rug peg looms are easy to make. They allow you to make a square or rectangular rug from old clothes or pieces of fabric that would otherwise be thrown in the trash. Make the rug any size you want by making the loom wider.

Cut the 2-by-3 corresponding to the width of the finished rug. For a 2-foot wide rug, the board will have to be about 34 inches.

Cut the dowel into 4-inch long pieces.

Drill holes the next size wider than the dowel—the dowel is 1/2 inch, so use a 3/4-inch bit. Make the holes 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart down the length of the 2-by-3, starting and ending 2 inches from the end.

Drill holes horizontally through the pegs 1 inch from the top; make them large enough for the strings to pass through.

Put wood glue in the holes, and immediately put one peg in each hole. The holes should all face right to left so that when you look in the last one, you can see all the way to the other end.

Things You'll Need

  • Piece of 2-by-3 lumber
  • Wooden dowel, 1/2-inch in diameter
  • Saw
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
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