Sunday, February 2, 2014

DIY No Sew Shag Rug

I have caught the DIY bug and this is my first project that I am going to share with you. I don't know how many of you have looked for area rugs lately, but I got tired of it really quickly. I found a lot of rugs that I liked alright, but did not love and I REALLY did not love the price tags of $200 to $500 on up.  So, I decided to start searching online to find DIY rugs. Now, a huge stipulation was that it could not involve a sewing machine because as of right now sewing is on my to learn list. My sewing machine just sits there wondering why I don't use it and I glace it's way and then run away in fear. I am not sure why I do this, but I will be conquering my fear soon.

Anyway after a lot of searching I found a tutorial for a DIY Shag Rug which once I saw I fell in love with and knew that was what I had been searching for. My way differed from the tutorial I found and actually ended up being cheaper than my inspiration, so YEA! If you are not bored with my rambling yet go ahead and scroll down to get a tutorial of how you can make your own DIY No Sew Shag Rug.

Your material amounts are going to differ based upon how big you want your rug. I made a 4 1/2 ft by 7 ft rug for my dining room, so that is the size I am going by. If you want a smaller rug you won't need as many materials.

3 yds utility fabric rug liner (This is what I used) I highly recommend this as it is extremely soft!
18 yds of non-fraying fabric (This is what I used) I did 9 yds each of two different colors
Scissors or better yet rotary cutter and mat
A lot of time!

Cost: I paid $150 for all of my materials. I was able to get everything at least 40% off.

I will warn you first that this took me about 3 weeks to complete, but I am so happy with the outcome that I would definitely do it again.

1. Measure your rug liner to the size that you want your rug. I ended up cutting off about a 1/2 yard from my liner to get my size. Then trim up the edges to make sure you end up with a row of full squares on each side.

Now start cutting your fabric. You need to cut it into 1/2 in by 4 in strips. My fabric was 59 in wide, so I was able to get 1080 strips out of one yard. Yep you need to get that many strips 17 more times for a total of 19,234 strips. Told ya you needed a lot of time. I found that cutting the strips was the worst part of this project so that is why I would cut about a yard at a time of each color and then move on to the next step.

How to cut your strips
*I started doing it this way and then half way I wised up and got a rotary cutter and mat. Highly recommend going with the rotary cutter. Completely worth the money because it will save you time on this project.*

Lay your fabric out and measure 4 inches from the end.

I always have a little helper hiding in the background

Cut through both layers.

Take the ends of your strip and line them up.

Cut it in half.

You should now have two 30 inch strips. Lay out your strips.

Every half inch cut a slit. I did this all the way down the strip.

Once your slits are cut finish cutting all the way across.

This is how big they should be.

Now you may get some odd shaped ones, but don't discriminate they all go to the same cause. Oh, and once it is done you can't even tell there are some odd shaped ones in there.

Now for the fun part! Making 19,234 knots!

Slip the fabric through one hole and into another.

Tie it on up. If using more than one color alternate your colors.

Now, when you start the second row skip a row. You will not thread two pieces of fabric through the same hole.

See, can't tell you even skipped that row.

Two rows down, forever to go!

And 3 weeks later we are finally done!

Now the little one hiding in the above picture is asking for a purple rug for her room, which I will be starting on now.


  1. Wow, This is SO impressive! It turned out beautiful; you would never know that was a DIY!

    1. Thanks! It took awhile, but it was worth it.

  2. Your rug looks great. Just thought I would share that for a more casual look for maybe a boy's room or a den, use old blue jeans. All you have to do is snip and tear your long strips which makes it some faster. Plus its machine washable it you use rug canvas that is washable.

  3. That is a fantastic idea! I will have to keep that in mind.

  4. Anonymous6/10/2014

    This is a great idea! It sort of reminds me of the latch hook rugs I used to do as a kid, but this is sooo much easier and looks better! Cool!

    1. I used to do those rugs too. This is very similar, but it is a lot easier. Thanks!

  5. Your rug is beautiful! Question- do you alternate the colors or just put them randomly?

    1. Thank you so much. I alternated the colors because I only used 2 colors, but I would think that if you used more than 2 colors it would work to just put them in randomly.

  6. Bardzo piękne, dzieło sztuki :)

  7. This is adorable!!! Is this washable? If not, how would you clean the rug? Using non-fraying fabric is so smart. Thank you for your inspiration!!

    1. Thank you! This is not washable due to the rug liner. In order to clean it I spot clean it if something gets spilled, luckily no major spills yet. I also take it outside about once a month, hang it on my deck banister and beat it with my broom handle to get all the dust out. After 9 months in a high traffic area it is holding up really well.

  8. I found your post on another blog, and clicked on it and I am so glad I did, Awesome job! I just bought one of the grids to do a rug about that size the beginning of the month, before I read your blog, and I can definitely see that I have my work cut out for me, a challenge I'm so looking forward to doing. You did a wonderful job on your rug, I just hope mine looks as lovely as yours do. Thanks for the inspiration and a job well done.

    1. Thank you so much. It really is worth it. I am sure your's will turn out fantastic.

  9. MotherEarth7/20/2017

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I am officially inspired!! Will be doing my own rug very soon!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!