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Kristin Smith of Peculiar, Missouri, writes,

"Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I have loved working on my rug, and I already have plans for the next one."

Toothbrush rug by KristinToothbrush rug by Kristin


Ginger writes,

"Every year my husband and I travel to the Adirondacks for our wedding anniversary at the end of September and I wanted something to do while relaxing at our rustic campsite. I make bobbin lace, but that is not the easiest to do while camping and the lighting needed for that is not good in the lean-to. So I decided 2 days before leaving to start a rag rug with fabric I had in the attic from my aunt. I was able to work on it in the car and got a great start on it. While camping and on the ride home I completed a good 10 inch circle. Wow did it looks nice and smelled just like the campfire. During October I added on to it to bring it to 16 inch circle. By the end of 2008 I have completed a 27 inch circle! I love it so far and going to keep on going. So I hope to make it big enough for in front of our fireplace in the dining room."

Toothbrush rug by GingerToothbrush rug by Ginger

Whimfield writes,

"This was my third rag rug. It's beside the bed in my spare bedroom!"

Toothbrush rug by WhimfieldToothbrush rug by Whimfield

Shaunna T. writes,

"I've been trying to find the right thing to solve the cold floor problem in my sons' play room for the longest time. I used simple crocheting logic (an extra stitch at each turning point) to go back and forth in the center to make it a square, since the space I need to fill is square.  I'm also adding three extra stitches in each corner as it gets larger to accomodate the size. Thanks so much again for the how to instructions."

Square rag rug by Shaunna T.Square rag rug by Shaunna T.




Shelly from Cheyenne, WY writes,

"I finished this rug late last night. My strips were a bit bigger (about 4" wide) than what you show in your videos but it still worked out.  I used old sheets that I received off of the local freecycle group here in Cheyenne. There were the bright blue plaid sheets which I wished after ward that I hadn't used because it just wasn't the same color hue, a pair of dark maroon and dark blue plaid sheets and then solid dark blue sheets and a light tan small checkered sheets. All were twin sized flat sheets and when I ran out of rags, the rag was finished by stitching the ends inside the rug. It was wavy in a few spots so I laid it down flat, laid a damp towel on top of it and blocked it by ironing the towel. It lays completely flat now. It measures about 3 feet long. It's not perfect but it works great for the front door and my husband likes the colors a lot more than the one I made from old pink sheets."

Mady by Shelly in CheyenneMady by Shelly in Cheyenne

Rhonda writes, "Thank you so much for the tutorial video! It's so much easier for me when I can SEE it. You did a great job! I've included a link for you to see my first rug. It didn't come out perfect but I learn more as I make them. I've already started another one and thinking of the next as I'm working! The possibilities are endless! And again, Thank you!!"

Rhonda's RugRhonda's Rug

Michael Anne writes, "I have been having a BLAST thanks to you. My sister saw something in a magazine about toothbrush rugs and told me about them. Soooo, doing what I do best, I researched them on the web and found you guys and the rug goth as well. Your instructional video is the best that I have found. Sooo off I went to see what I could do, because truthfully, I really didn't think it would be as easy as it seemed. WOW was I ever shocked. Easy, and fun. I did run into the problem of it trying to "bowl" on me but simply corrected by adding a stitch or two and lessening up on my tension, found out snug was better than tight. I am sending pics of the first one that is on my kitchen floor in front of the sink. It has already been abused by everyone who walks past and the dogs think I made it for them and it is holding up beautifully. Just used some cotton fabric I already had with intentions of quilting. This is better, can take with me everywhere, can't quilt everywhere. And you can see the finished product and have it in use in a day, depending on size of course. Anyway, THANK YOU, and Happy Rugging."Micheal Anne's Rug in the KitchenMicheal Anne's Rug in the Kitchen

Shelly from Cheyenne, WY writes, "My aunt made me this rug for my baby's room. I am working on one as well but I doubt it will come out as pretty."

Made by Shelly's aunt!Made by Shelly's aunt!





Debby from Esmont, VA, writes, "Thank you so much!  I am so thrilled to have my first rug run and in front of the kitchen sink since finding your site with instructions this past weekend! Bless you!!!!"

Debby's RugDebby's Rug

Debby later writes, "Dear Rag Rug Cafe:  Attached are 2 shots of my latest Rag Rug, which I made learning from your site just a month ago. I started this one on January 15, and worked on it daily, so it has taken pretty much one month to complete (I just finished it today, Februrary 17!). It measures 66" x 47". Thank you so much for your tutorial!  Now I need to learn how to make square or rectangular ones!"

Debby's Colorful OvalDebby's Colorful Oval

Debby's Colorful OvalDebby's Colorful Oval

Sally writes, "I'm sending a picture of one of the rugs I made with the toothbrush technique.  I love making these and have made about 25 rugs, chair pads, hot pads and coasters.  I view rags and scraps a whole new way ever since I've started making these.  Thanks for the instructions."

Sally's classy patternSally's classy pattern

Laird writes, "Hi, I found your website last spring and was so thrilled to see the video instructions and started on this rug right away.  I have made a braided rug before but found this to be much faster and easier and thus much more fun.  Mine is made of wool and took me months (working on it off and on).  It's now finished at 7 1/2 feet across and very cushy.  Thanks so much for the instructions!!  I've now taught three other people how to do this and they are ruggin' away. :)

Laird Memory
Atlanta, Georgia"

Laird - Rug 1Laird - Rug 1



Laird - Rug 2Laird - Rug 2

Val writes, "I was so happy to find your rug instructions and started right away making rugs. I am working on two at present and have given a rug to one daughter and a new grandbaby. I will attach pics. The pink and brown was the baby's rug, the blue is the one I gave my daughter, the other is one I am working on but I want to make it bigger. I am working on another in lime and black, for grand daughters room. I have promised to make 2 of the lime for 2 grand daughters. Again, thank you very much. "

Val's Rug for Grand-DaughterVal's Rug for Grand-Daughter

Val's Blue Rug for DaughterVal's Blue Rug for Daughter


Val's lovely work in progressVal's lovely work in progress


Below is Marcy's beautiful and gentle color scheme, and matching basket! She says, "This is a 3 foot round rug I just finished knotting. I had extra fabric, so I crocheted a matching basket!" I love the gentle colors! It would be a perfect gift for a new born baby girl.

Marcy RugMarcy Rug















Below are two photos of Angiy's excellent rugs... The first is a work-in-progress and the second rug is a completed one. About the second photo, Angiy says, "It's my second attempt and I was quite pleased with it .. It's seriously addictive ! Thanks for all the fabulous tutorials!"

Angiy's Work-In-ProgressAngiy's Work-In-Progress

Angiy's Final RugAngiy's Final Rug

Another photo below from Angiy... It's now complete! Lovely

Finished by AngiyFinished by Angiy

Angiy recently sent me another photo (see below) of a gift she made for a family member. :)

Angiy GiftAngiy Gift


Sally B. sent in this photo (below) of a sweet rug she made for her niece's new baby:




Kato Charles from Carriacou, Grenada, West Indies made these three beautiful rugs below!!!

Kato 3Kato 3


Kato 2Kato 2

Kato 1Kato 1


The oval rug below was Sharon's first rug! It's so tight and tidy, it's beautiful. Added Oct, 2011:


"Here is a picture of my first toothbrush rag rug. I found your web site/blog and it really sparked my interest and got me going. I found some resources to help me along but this is where I got my start. Thank you for sharing your passion so freely. I'm really enjoying my new hobby. I'm almost finished with my second rug and I'm gather fabric for my third. Sharon McCarron"

The below pic is Sharon's second rug! Added Jan 27, 2012.

"Here's a picture of my second rug. I am pleased with the colors. It measures around 36 by 48 inches. I have plans to begin a large area rug very soon using a large variety of colors.
Thanks again for your web site. It really inspired me to explore this new craft.
Sharon McCarron"


The below pic is Mercedes' first rug! Added Feb 17, 2012.

"This is my first rug. Thank you so much for the instructions :) Next I would love to try a rectangle.  Mercedes Shea, Westerly, RI"





Check out the beautiful handmade toothbrush rug needles below!

"These are my 2 favorite needles, made by my DH. So far, I've used 2.5 Queen-sized sheets, and my rug is a 3x4' oval. I'm hoping to get the rug twice this big. We'll see!"

-- TN Lizzie in West TN

Lizzie's homemade needlesLizzie's homemade needles

The below pic was added in July, 2012.

My  name is Elena, and I am from San Diego, California, this is my second rag rug I made." (pic below)





The below pic was added in July, 2012.

"My first rug with your instructions." Theresa (pic below)

By TheresaBy Theresa

The below pic was added in July, 2012.

"This is the most recent rug I made for my son.  It's the first rectangle rug I've made.  I'm happy with the way it turned out. Sally B." (pic below)







The below picture was added on Aug 17, 2012.

"I've finished another rug this week using up lots of scraps.

Thanks, Sally"

Rectangle rug by Sally - Aug 2012Rectangle rug by Sally - Aug 2012



The below photo was added June 2014.

"Here is my First Circular Toothbrush Rag Rug I made :) I learned from your instructions I am wanting to try the oval and rectangular one. Thanks for sharing"

Danielle. Renfrew Ontario Canada.

Danielle's RugDanielle's Rug



















Have you made a rag rug with these free instructions? Please email your name, location, and a photo of your rug to contact@www.ragrugcafe.com. Happy rugging!


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I found a great little tool to start making rag rugs... it's a hair clip barrette - the kind that bend to snap open or shut. Insert the clip middle section in the hole of the strand you are working with, snap it shut and it works great! Thanks for all the great instructions! I started my first rug yesterday with some old scraps... looked awful at first but soon I got the hang of it and I am going to attempt a real one with some fabric colors I really like.


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Crocheted heart shaped Potholder maybe the same can be used for a rug

This pattern first appeared in our catalog in 1985. The potholder is 9” X 7” overall with its own hanger. You will need 7/8 yard of 45” wide cotton fabric, cut into strips 3/4” wide. Sew the ends together with a bias joint to make a continuous length.

Use size J or K crochet hook.
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Round 3: SC4, Skip 1, SC5. *For next 13 stitches alternate 2SC, then 1SC, 1SC, 1SC.* SC8, 2SC in each of next 2 spaces, SC11. Repeat the sequence of 13*
Round 4: SC4, skip 1, SC29, 2SC, SC32, Slip 1, skip 1, slip 10.
Hanger: Chain 10, Slip 2, end off and lace end of strip back into work. Sew strip end in place.

Hotpad: Lately we've received several inquiries from folks wondering if this pattern will work with our "standard fabric strip" (1-1/2 inches wide). The answer is yes, it will! With the wider strip the potholder will become a heavier "hotpad"--like a miniature rug-- and will be larger also. Use a size L or N hook, and allow 1-1/4 yards of 45" fabric (about 35 yards of strip). Then just follow the pattern above.
Basket: With the 1-1/2 inch fabric strip, this pattern can also be used to create a heart shaped rag basket. Follow the above pattern though round 4. Then just single crochet around and around the heart (one stitch in each space) to make the sides of the basket. Allow about 1-3/4 yards of 45" fabric (about 50 yards of strip).

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I love the green and white

I love the green and white square rug. How can I. Get the directions

Hello all, I found a neat

Hello all,

I found a neat tool I use for the Toothbrush Rugs. It's called a BODKIN. I bought it at Jo-ann's for less than $2, and it is usually used to insert elastic into hems. It works fantastic for the rugs, because it is very narrow and keeps the loops tight without having to pull much. It works similar to a tweezer with a ring attached around it, to trap the fabric strips, and makes quick work of the rug. Just remember to cut the slit into the fabric strips on each end so the tool can be inserted.
Have fun,

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Just started on my first rug (after a few false starts, of course) and found that tweezers are an excellent "tool" for this!! I helped make these as a kid, but had no idea how to go about it as an adult. Thank you so much for the concise instructions!

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Congrats! Let us know how you make out!

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Just added photos of Laird's

Just added photos of Laird's rug. Isn't it AMAZING!!!???? I love the colors she chose.

Yes the colours she chose are

Yes the colours she chose are gorgeous, it inspires me....great job!

If you know how big you want

If you know how big you want your finished rug, you take the finished length and subtract the finished width and the answer is how long to make the starting row. For example: If you want you rug to be 24" X 18",

24"-18"=6" so your starting row should be 6" long. This formula works for any size rug you want to make.

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hey i just made a heart rug ya me!!!!
anyway there's a pattern online at aunt filly's sight but it coust a lot so i looked on a difrent sight and found free patterns but cant find it again if anyone would help that would be great

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If you find the page, please post it for me because I want to make a heart one too.

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I'm not Shaunna, but I have

I'm not Shaunna, but I have an idea on how she may have made that square rug. I'm just starting with rag rugs, but I have been crocheting for a long time.

To make the square rug (or rectangular if you wanted), you would first have to start with a chain, you know just a long straight line of knots, then instead of going around as in a circular fashion, you would move back & forth on the same side.

When your initial chain is the length you want, you would start by making your next 2 knots in the hole you just made and move in a straight line to the other end. Once you get to the other end, you will once again start to make your way back on the same side you've been stitching on. Again, make your next 2 knots in the hole you just made and move in a straight line to the other end. Continue moving back and forth like this until you get a square.

Once you have the initial square, you will then begin to move in the "circular" fashion around the edges of the square remembering to add 3 or 4 knots in each corner to keep it square and flat. You will continue this way until you are done.

Again, I'm not Shaunna, but this is what I would do.

Hope this helps.

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Boy, I'd love to know how Shaunna made that square rug, also!!!


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I have always wanted to make

I have always wanted to make a square rug like this, can you give me some instructions....also what kind of tool works best and where can you get the tool.

Love the rug Shaunna

Here is a place to buy a

Here is a place to buy a tool.


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And also added one from Michael Anne.

Way to go everybody!

New rug by Rhonda added!

New rug by Rhonda added!

Wow... very inspiring! Any

Wow... very inspiring!

Any way to get Shawna T. to explain what she means by crochet logic when she made her square rug? I want to make a rectangular rug and a square rug, but, I don't crochet, so am not sure what she meant.

Anyway to contact her, and give my email so I can find out?


Which one? The heart?

Which one? The heart?

Hello ~ I and my friend

Hello ~ I and my friend would *love* to have the instructions for the heart rug! The scallop on the edge is wonderful. Is it the toothbrush technique or crocheting? I thought it looked like toothbrush, but that scallop is something that I have done with crocheting.

Many thanks ~ Melissa

Loved this rug can you get

Loved this rug can you get instructions?

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