Last week’s video, we showed how to make the loom to weave a rug, this week, we make the rug!
Here is last week’s video in case you missed it: Make a Rug Loom
The obvious reason I love these rugs is they are adorable look — but I also love that I can use up my scrap fabrics! The fabric options are endless for rag rugs… sheets, curtains, cotton fabric, flannel.
Enjoy the Video on How to Weave a Rag Rug
Preparing the Fabric
Rip fabric into 1 1/2″ wide strips. Do not join the fabric you are going to use to weave the rug at this time. Do join the warping fabric end to end and wrap in a ball.
Warp the Fabric
Warp the fabric onto the loom by wrapping the warping fabric around each finishing nail on the rug loom.
Insert Rods on Loom
The rods are the key to making sure your rug stays square. Insert them into the eyes on the side of the loom.
Weaving the Rug
When you weave the fabric, each row needs to wrap around the rod on the side of the loom.
The Final Row
When you get to the final row, now take the fabric and put in between the warp fabric under the nail. This can be hard to get your fingers in, so use a crochet hook to pull the fabric. This locks the row so that when you remove the rug, the last row won’t slip off!
Weave Back a Few Stitches
Once you complete the last row, do three or four more stitches to make sure you have a secure ending. Sort of like back-stitching in sewing.
Pull out the Rods
Add Backing to Rug
I like using the foam shelf liner as a backing for the rug, otherwise they can be pretty slippery. Cut to size and slip stitch in place.
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LOVE THE RAG RUGS !!– DO YOU HAVE AN ETSY ACCOUNT? I AM HAVING MY HUSBAND MAKE MY LOOM AND STILL A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE — I AM WATCHING ALL YOUR VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE — I CAN DO THIS — I CAN DO THIS — I CAN DO THIS
THE BAR ON THE SIDE IS WONDERFUL IDEA TOO
Yes – you can do this!! I am actually getting ready to post another weaving video using crochet thread! No – I don’t have an Etsy account. Here is the weaving playlist — I have another one that I am working on to make cute woven boxes! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwxc6XiB_0p3MXFOYNY9t1F54oHND2rqO
When washing your rugs, do you wash with the foam shelf liner attached, or do you remove and reattach? I stumbled onto your YouTube channel and promptly made a loom for a potholder. I decided I like the loom and made a 23X40 loom for rugs. Great craft to do during this crazy isolation time. I wish that our second hand stores were open so I could find more to twine rugs with.
Thanks for your videos, I’ve really enjoyed the information. I always admired loom rugs, but knew I’d never get a loom, but this is perfect!
Yes – I wash them with the shelf liner on the back – and it worked wonderfully. I didn’t put it in the dryer, I line dry them. You can also join the rugs to make a floor runner or larger area rug — here is a video on that https://youtu.be/skwqTcOQPgg
So glad you enjoyed the info! We are sure having fun weaving!!
I have been trying to make these rugs, and following your video. I keep getting waves in my rug as I go. What is causing this please, and how do I correct it?
Would guess you may either be pulling too tight or not tight enough? If you have a picture of your rug, can you email it to me at email@example.com?