Home of UK rag rug making since 1991

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Latest update: Thursday 11th October

Good news! We’ve had more unlined hessian bags in and got a better price. And we’re passing the saving on again. The new price is £2.20 [reduced from £2.85] for the same quality unlined hessian bags, specially made to be decorated with craftwork. Rag rug making has to be top of that list! And, having had a surge in demand, we have fresh supplies.

Hooray!  At last we’ve just got our new 6mm rug hooks listed – the existing, 8mm, ones are very popular, we’re very glad to be able to say, but a number of people have asked for a smaller size. Now, after much setting up and testing, the first lot are available and are the same price as our standard ones.

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!

Here are a few more 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 rugHow to make a rag rug using plastic carrier bags | Using the Pinking scissors gauge |How to make a Christmas Wreath using a rag rug tool.

We’ve been making the tools for traditional rag rug making, that’s the 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. 

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We make all the tools ourselves down in beautiful Cornwall 

Some of the latest pics visitors have kindly sent us. Plenty more in our Gallery

A rag flower

Latest pic from Ruth Bartholomew just goes to show rag rugging doesn’t have to be for something to stand on, it can be 3D art!

Making best use

Ruth Bartholomew kindly sent us these pics of 3 rugs she’s made. Ruth says she cut old garments into long strips for crocheting and uses small pieces for making rag rugs. We like that – nothing goes to waste!

It’s amazing what a bit of rug hooking can do!
Bag decorated by Jude, in Gwynedd.

Rug made for mining museum
Brian Naylor made this rug, and others, for Lancashire Mining Museum, in Astley. What a great way to make use of a hobby. More pics from Brian in our gallery.

Heritage clock
Janet White shared this pic of the rag rug clock face she made, using Leeds Rhinos colours, showing the time her grandson was born. What a brilliant idea and a beautiful rug!


Rag rug for camper

Judith visited Nina & Chris on their Stitches Show stand at Westpoint, Exeter and decided to make her own rag rug for her camper conversion. She made it over a weekend and kindly send us a pic of it. Very attractive it is, too. Thanks, Judith!

Planets rug made by Janet White

Another gorgeous rag rug made by Janet. It’s her latest project made for her Grandson. Lucky boy!

And here’s the back

It’s a brilliant rag rug whichever way you look at it!

Cherry Adams’ work in progress

Cherry uses an alternative method to make her wreaths and kindly shared this info:
She turns in and presses the edges, of the hessian, to stop it from fraying before binding the wreath wire.
Then she adds the fabric with the rugger. For her wreaths she uses pure wool upcycled from blankets and throws scarves etc. She often cuts the fabric with pinking shears to make it look like ‘leaves’ Then if she wants to fix cones or baubles to the wreath I wire them on with florists wire and fix with a vintage button.
We have to say – it certainly works and looks good! For another method please click here
Thanks very much indeed to Cherry for the pics and info and for letting us use it.
There’s more of Cherry’s pics in our rag rug gallery.

Rag rugs, rag rugging, rag mats, clippy, spring clip, clootie, proddy, proggy, bodged, peg, pegged – call ’em what you like, this site is all about the old favourite ‘hard times’ rag rugs and how to make them. We make a range of rag rug tools to our design including our rag rugger, cutting gauge, hook and more. We can also offer expert advice on virtually all aspects of rag rug making. We’ve made all the tools ourselves for over 25 years when we revived the traditional UK ‘hard times’ craft by redesigning the Victorian tool for the modern age, it still works in exactly the same way though.

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How to contact us

7 [b] Roydon Road

PL15 8DN

Phone: 07796 112366 / 01566 779136
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