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We've been making the tools to make the traditional rag rugs that used to be so popular in Britain, Australia & New Zealand since 1990. We usually post all orders the same, or next, working day.  

Update box: Last updated  Tuesday 23rd May

Good news! We've, at last, managed to find a supply of unlined hessian bags [having sold out and not been able to get more for quite a while] which are perfect for a range of crafts but especially for adding rag rug making designs. Even better news! The new supply are the same quality and, and colours, but at a better price and we're passing the, quite big, saving on. 

We now have the first of a new batch of Pinking Scissors Cutting Gauges back in stock [sorry for any inconvenience]. We also have everything else is stock [inc ordinary cutting gauges] and still usually send orders the same, or next, working day.

Our other big news is we have a new product available. We've found a way to adapt the hardwood tool handles we make to fit almost any size of crochet hook. Ideal for anyone who like to use a crochet hook for very fine hooking but finds gripping it hard on the knuckles! More info And now we have outdoor handles, in two sizes available on our gardening tool website.

Please take a quick look in our online shop at our new venture  - a mosaic template kit. This contains 2 mdf templates and everything you need to create your own mosaic wall hangings, apart from the broken china. In the spirit of upcycling it seemed a natural development to use existing china plates, saucers etc, that have been dropped, to make lovely and unique objects. Please visit for further details of how we do this and an example of a finished piece. Thanks for looking!

Thanks very much for all the nice comments about this video, How to make a rag rug, we're very glad it's so popular!

We have a new product in our online shop: a very strong, woven polyester rubble sack [75cm x 50cm]. We find they're ideal for storing [or carrying about] rags. Plus, they have a vast range of other possibilities. Because they're misprints we got them for a very good price and are passing on the saving, making them about half the usual price. A bargain if you don't mind the odd printing!

We can now accept payment over the phone.
We can also accept phone payments for our new website [] for the garden tools we now make as well.


Please visit our Facebook page and add your comments, questions, likes and images of your own rugs. We are also on Twitter.

Here are a few links to demonstration videos: How to make a rag rug, How to use the spider tool, How to use the cutting gauge, How to hem your rag rug,  How to make a rag rug using plastic carrier bags,   Using the Pinking scissors gaugeHow to make a Christmas Wreath using a rag rug tool.

We have everything in stock and are meeting our usual standard of sending all orders the same, or next, working day. We send UK orders by 1st class post and overseas orders by airmail.

All UK orders are sent 1st class for £2.95 per order [added automatically at checkout]. We now also have set charges for overseas orders, all sent by airmail [please see shop]






Contact Details

Makings Handicrafts

Mr. John Corey
7b Roydon Road
PL15 8DN

Tel: 01566 779 136
Mobile: 07796 112366

Or alternatively you can email us via this form.

Remember to visit our online shop for everything you need to get started. Then you'll just need to raid your wardrobe for old clothes!


We make all the tools ourselves down in beautiful Cornwall


Made at Crafts 4 All UWE

Nina Corey with a newly finished rag rug.

 Everyone loves a rag rug

Rug by Chris Corey, modelled by Max






Rug by Rachael FoxEvans

Rachael said

'Just thought you'd like to see my first ever rug from your kit!'

and she was right.


Rug by Donna and Hannah Starkey

Donna said

'Here’s a picture of my daughter Hannah with her creation made from old fleece blankets.
Our first attempt at a rag rug!
Many thanks to you'
And many thanks to you, Donna and Hannah.

Hooked flower by Sue Morris

Striking 'Zebra' rag rug, by Val

Heart wall hanging

We met a lovely lady at the NEC a few months ago who brought one of our kits to make a wall hanging using some of her son's favourite clothes. She explained she wanted to make something from his clothes rather than just leave them in a cupboard. It was her first attempt at rag rugging, and she has just sent these photos of her finished piece. We asked if we could share them on our facebook page, to show a fantastic way of recycling a loved one's clothes. Hopefully it will bring lots of happy memories. Thanks for letting us share this : )

Cushion made with spider

Stephanie Gaston @ragqueen57 made this funky cushion, out of cashmere, using a spider tool and got the same pattern on both sides

Star rag rug

Janet White made this rag rug, her first, for her Granddaughter's star-themed nursery. Janet says she wanted to make a heritage rug so she used lots of cloth from family members and local charity shops. That's always a lovely idea and it's a lovely rug. The back looks good, too!

Christmas wreath

Gemma Down emailed this pic of the lovely bright wreath she made. Just the thing for Christmas!

Hard at work

Nicola sent us this pic of her daughter, Lucy, making this lovely bright rug. She's making great progress, having only just got the tool, and is using old clothes from her family which is really in the rag rug spirit of upcycling . And it's already been to after school club.


An amazing puffin rug by Christine of Fife


An equally impressive thistle rug, also by Christine of Fife


Christine of Fife does it again! With her her beautiful sunflowers rug, this time

Purrfect Gift

Janet White, of Leeds, made this brilliant rug as a new home present for cat loving friends. She's kindly let us post the pick and even revealed what she used for the whiskers - roman blind cord. Thanks Janet!

First rag rug

Sarah Houseman sent this pic of her first rag rag and is now getting stuck into the into the next one. If it's as good as this one it'll be pretty good!


Living History North East

Joy, who volunteers Living History North East, in Sunderland, sent this pic of various rag rugs made by the reminiscence group at the charity. What a lovely range of rag rugs - they must have had a great time. Thanks Joy!  

Beautiful multi-coloured rug

Jude, in Gwynedd, sent us this pic of the gorgeous rag rug she made and kindly said we could post it. Thanks, Jude, it's just the sort of mixing colours rag rug making's all about.



And a Welsh Christmas wreath

Jude also sent us a pic of this lovely wreath with 'Nadolig Llawen' ['Merry Christmas' in Welsh] on it. If anyone's interested it would be 'Nadelik Lowen' in Cornish.

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