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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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Latest update: Monday 15th January

It’s a New Year – time for a couple of new pics. We’ve just added two beauties at the bottom of this page! Thanks to Janet White for sharing again. And now there’s more from, Cherry Abrams, as well.

Something a bit different for dog owners: Polbark! [pun intended] neckerchief bandanas in Cornish tartan designs hand made, by us, in Cornwall. They come in four sizes and have their own website

We’re consolidating our websites shops a bit at the moment, in large part so all our customers will get the benefit of the secure status of this site [please note the little green padlock in the address bar]. It’s a work in progress; meanwhile www.pengardentools.co.uk is functioning as normal.

We’re having a bit of a celebration as we’ve been making our Rag Ruggers for 25 years now! We’re too small a family business for anything flash [expensive] so to mark the occasion we’ve changed the electroplating finish to ‘gold’ colouring. The tools are exactly the same [and still the same top quality] but we like think they look even smarter. The ‘gold’ is just the colour of the last stage of plating – sorry to say there’s no real gold involved. We hope everyone likes the new colour, though. The plan is to change the other tools to match as soon as the ones we’ve already made work through the system.

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!

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

Rag rugs, rag mats, clippy, clootie, proddy, proggy, bodged, peg, pegged – call ’em what you like, this site is all about the old favourite ‘hard time’s 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.

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 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.

Contact Details

Makings Handicrafts

John Corey
7b Roydon Road
PL15 8DN

Tel: 01566 779 136
Mobile: 07796 112366

Or use the form at the bottom of this page

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 

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.

Striking ‘Zebra’ rag rug, by Val


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.

More from Jude.

We just love this bag!
And even more from Jude
Jude definitely has talent!


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!

Wreaths made by Cherry Abrams

Very Christmassy!

Great for any time of year

 Work in progress

Cherry uses an alternative method to make her wreaths:
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.

How to contact us

7 [b] Roydon Road

PL15 8DN

Phone: 07796 112366 / 01566 779136
Email using this form