I have always loved rag rugs. (I love anything which gives me the opportunity to reuse worn out things around my house!) Since sink mats have always looked like latch hook mats to me, I was inspired to make a rug out of them. Use this method to make any size rug you need by simply adding more sink mats!
- Sink mats, $1 each (I used two)
- Old sheet set or other fabric scraps, on hand
Total: $2 and up
First thing you will need to do is prepare all your fabric strips. I cut my strips from an old queen sized sheet set. Cut them 1 inch wide by 6 inches long. I used my rotary cuter and board, but you can easily use scissors and a ruler. It took one complete sheet and a small portion of another.
Before you begin tying you will need to trim the two sides of the mats which will be joined together. This will help the holes to line up evenly so you can bind the two mats together.
Now you are ready to begin tying on your strips. You simply need to tie strip to each section on the mat. I doubled up my fabric strips to make the material on the mat fuller, which gave it a softer feel. You may choose to double knot if you would like to insure a better hold. Continue tying on all the long sections until your rug is complete.
To attach the mats to each other, place them so that the edges overlap and tie fabric strips through both mats. You can make your mat larger by placing more mats together. If you find that your completed mat is slips on the floor you can add a nonslip mat to the bottom – the shelf liner from the dollar store works great for this!
This is what your completed bottom will look like.
Here is a quick close up of applying the material.
When I completed my rug I put it in the bathroom. It adds some charm to the decor and also makes my feet happy!
I wonder how it will wash – machine ok – or by hand only?
These would be really cute with denim strips of calico for a country look!
That’s so clever! I’ve got a big stash of fabrics that’s perfect for this!
Very awesome idea but I have to agree….how do you wash it? Please let us know.
Great question! I have made several rag rugs and I typically just rinse then with the hose and air dry. If it becomes really soiled you can hand wash.
I love this idea.. going to look for those mats at the dollar store next trip!
What a great idea!!
Great idea! Don’t you find that the woven fabrics fray a lot? I would make mine out of old t-shirts or other knits — polar fleece would be great!
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Thank You so much for the tutorial! Love this rug! Will give it a try for sure!
I thought about making one for our playroom. Is it comfortable to play/kneel on? Do you feel the knots you tied?
This is a great idea! Last time I was at the Dollar Tree they had those rubber mats with holes you put under rugs to keep them from skidding which may work too. I’m thinking washing on gentle would be find because the knots are keeping the rug secure. Although I would test this out first and only air dry.
I would think you could just wash them in the machine,if the rug isn’t too big, then air dry them.
If you’re concerned about fraying, try using pinking shears to cut the strips… It’ll reduce fraying and give an even more “rugged” effect to the mat
Love this rug. I have a ton of my Mother’s clothes that I wanted to make something for her grandchildren and Voile’, here it is! Thanks for the idea!!!
Ok so I am trying this in a gingham (black/cream) but was curious how you did your rows. it’s hard to tell from pic. did you just go one direction? Right now I am going horizontal and vertical but it is taking a lot of material.