Shag Rag Rugs are soft and cozy, warm and inviting and extremely stylish; making them the perfect addition to a Easy Step by Step DIY Shag Rag Rug Tutorialnursery or playroom. So, when it came time to pick out a rug for baby Riley’s nursery, I couldn’t think of a rug more perfect than a shag rag rug. That is, until I started pricing them online and realized the hefty price tag that came with it. That’s when my DIY light bulb went off….A DIY Shag Rag Rug was the answer! My husband thought it was a bad idea simply because of how long it would take me to make, but of course, that didn’t stop me! :-)  I was bound and determined to have a shag rug for Riley’s nursery, and guess what??? My DIY Shag Rag Rug turned out GREAT, it looks so much better than I imagined!

While this was one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done; it was also hands-down the MOST time-consuming project I’ve ever tackled. I worked on my DIY Shag Rag Rug every single day for 2-4 hours a day and it still took me 4 weeks to complete. I was honestly starting to wonder if I was ever going to get it finished, but I didn’t give up! Although, I’m not going to lie, I thought about making it smaller quite a few times just so I could be done with it. Thankfully I talked myself out of it and kept pushing forward! :-)

My DIY Shag Rag Rug cost around $130 to make ($110 on fabric and around $20 on the non-slip rug mat). I know that sounds like a lot, but if I were to buy this rug it would cost anywhere from $400-$680.00, Crazy…Right!?!

The inspiration for my DIY Shag Rag Rug came from this Pink Shag Rug from Directly Home it is a 4’7 x 7’7 so it’s slightly larger than my 4 x 6 rug; however if I were to buy this rug it would cost $679.00.

"Pink Shag Rug"

Okay, let’s get started!

Here is what you will need (I included the links where you can buy the Rug Pad and Fabric that I used for my Shag Rag Rug)

  • Non-Slip Rug Pad (I purchased a 5×8 and then cut it to make a 4×6)
  • Cotton Interlock Fabric (I used 5.5 yards of Pink and 5.5 yards of Ivory Cotton Interlock Fabric)
    • You can also use old t-shirts or pieces of leftover fabric; however you want to make sure the fabric you use is all the same type of fabric (cotton interlock, Jersey knit, etc) otherwise it may not have a seamless look.
    • As a side note, Cotton Interlock Fabric is slightly more expensive than some other types of fabric, but it’s durability and thickness will ensure that all the hard work you put into making your rug doesn’t go to waste, as this material holds up great; making sure your beautiful rug will be around for years to come. I purchased my Cotton Interlock Fabric from Hancock Fabrics, as they are reasonably priced and always have some sort of coupon.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tweezers (I used a pair of curved jewelry tweezers, this makes it a lot easier)
  • Fabric Chalk

Step 1: Cut your rug mat to your desired size and shape. If you are going to make your rug the exact size/shape of the rug mat then you can skip this step.

Step 2: Cut your fabric into strips. I think it’s easier and less time-consuming if you cut multiple strips at a time. Start by folding your fabric in half vertically then fold in half again horizontally making sure the ends are as even as possible. Then you need to measure 5 inches from the bottom of the fabric and draw a horizontal line all the way across using your fabric chalk.

"Measure Fabric"

Cut your fabric along the chalk line

"Cut Fabric Along Chalk Line"

Now cut your fabric into vertical strips that are about 3/4″ wide

"Fabric Strips"

Step 3: Pick up a fabric strip with your jewelry tweezers

"Pick up Fabric with Tweezers"

Step 4: Weave Fabric under one of the holes and back up through another hole (I weaved the fabric in a vertical direction). I left one row of holes empty on all sides.

"Weave Fabric"

Step 5: Pull the fabric so that it’s even on both sides and tie it into a knot (this will hold the fabric in place)

"Tie Fabric in a Knot"

If you are using two colors then you should alternate colors as you go.

"Add Another Fabric Strip"

Continue adding Fabric Strips alternating colors as you go. It will look bare at first but the more rows you add the fuller it will get. Here is what it looks like after adding two rows of fabric

"Two rows of fabric"

My DIY Shag Rag Rug in the works…..I’m finally making some progress

"Shag Rug in Progress"

And after weeks of repeating the same steps over and over I finally finished the Shag Rag Rug for Riley’s Nursery!

"DIY Shag Rag Rug"

"DIY Shag Rag Rug"

** After sharing this tutorial and the pictures of how my DIY Shag Rag Rug looked in Baby Riley’s Nursery we removed the carpet and installed laminate hardwood, so I wanted to share an updated picture of how the Shag Rag Rug looks in the nursery with the new flooring!

diy shag rag rug

So, what do you think of baby Riley’s Pink and Ivory DIY Shag Rag Rug?

Until Next Time…..

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