Home of UK rag rug making since 1991

Latest update: Saturday 15th June


All our rag rug making supplies are in stock and we’re still sending all orders the same, or next, working day. It’s been unusually busy for this time of year [no complaints about that!] but we are managing to keep up again.


Thanks to Jane Mitchell for the pic she’s just sent us of her first rag rug. Jane said:

I visited the craft show in Manchester on 1st February and bought one of your rug making kits. I’ve always been fascinated with rag rugs and something I’ve always wanted to do.
I’m sending you a picture of my first attempt, I finished it yesterday.
Many thanks for inspiring me to do this most enjoyable pastime.
Kind regards, Jane Mitchell

Thank you Jane! We love your rug – you obviously have an eye for colour. 


We’ve had a very interesting old rag rug making tool extremely kindly sent to us by Angela Jones in Kentucky USA. She bought it in a local sale but it was made, quite some time ago, in the UK. It has a UK provisional patent number which we haven’t been able to trace. It looks experimental and doesn’t really do the job, though it certainly does seem to be meant for rag rug making . The teeth rip thick cloth; the hole under the teeth makes thin cloth fall out of it. We’ve been trying to find out more about it but have drawn a blank. If anyone knows anything about it we’d love to hear from them. And, of course, we’re hugely grateful to Angela! Here’s some pics:


More news from Chris Corey – rag rug making enthusiast, demonstrator, teacher and in charge of getting all our orders posted promptly! Chris is making more of her other craft passion: making Mosaics using up-cycled crockery; her website is fragment2form.co.uk 


Hooray!  At last we’ve just got our new 6mm rug hooks listed for rag rug making on a finer scale – 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 How to make a rag rug video, Click here, we’re very glad it’s so popular!

Here are a few more links to demonstration videos: How it’s done  || How to use the spider tool  || How to use the cutting gauge  || How to make a hem || Using plastic carrier bags  || Using the Pinking scissors gauge ||How to make a Christmas Wreath


We make all the tools ourselves down in beautiful Cornwall

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

We’ve had a pic very kindly shared with us, by Pam Bolton, of her amazing rag rug. Pam uses our standard hook and our new fine hook. Here’s her incredible rag rug Queen of Hearts:

Pam runs workshops beside the Carlisle Settle Railway line. She can be contacted by email [pamelabolton@hotmail.co.uk]. 


Thanks very much to Sheena Groom who visited the rag rug making stand at Manchester’s Event City and, later, sent this photo and comment.

Sheena said:
Hello, I was chatting to you on the stand on Thursday [Feb 2019] at event city. I was talking about the cute doggy piccys. I’ve bought a kit at previous show n just finished a small rug for my cats bed. You’d said to send a piccy, so ere it is! Lol, not big but I’m pleased with it. The tools are great and easy to use.

Thank you

Somebody has to say it…That rug looks purrrfect for a cat’s bed!


Writing on the rug

Janet White sent us a pic of her latest rug. Clever stuff and a beautiful rug. Her take on tile art. Looks like Janet’s made rag rug making mightier than the pen!


Sandra Smith sent us this email: “Thank you for the super fast delivery of my rag rugger tool, I am eager to put it to good use very soon. I have already made two rugs from Harris twead fabric which is just waste from my sons upholstery business.So it’s win win as nothing going into landfill and it is making a useful rug at no extra cost.”

Sandra also sent us these two pics [pretty good use of scrap material!]


A rag flower

Latest pic from Ruth Bartholomew just goes to show rag rug making 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.


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 [as used by Kirstie Allsopp on her craft series a little while back], 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

Makings
7 [b] Roydon Road
Launceston
Cornwall

PL15 8DN

Phone: 07796 112366 / 01566 779136
 
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