Weaving with Rags: 3 Free Rag-Weaving Patterns

Weaving rag rugs is one of those things everyone thinks is a great idea, but most people never get around to trying. That’s probably because many don’t understand how simple the process is, and how well it’s suited to weaving supplies that you have lying around the house. In fact, you don’t need much yarn at all for these projects: it’s all about upcycling here. Take a pile of old t-shirts, add a pair of scissors and some elbow grease to the mix and you have yourself almost all the yarn you’ll need.

Download this book of sakiori and rag rug patterns and you’ll be well on your way to a craft addiction.


Learn to weave with rags with this free download!

weaving with t-shirt yarn

Learn how to make t-shirt yarn

On top of the free project patterns, the download comes with a guide to making yarn from t-shirts. It’s a simple process, but you’ll need a guide the first time in the form of this tutorial.


free rag weaving pattern

Free Weaving Pattern 1: Sakiori Vest

Japanese Rag Weaving Tutorial by Dinah Rose
Use old silk kimonos to upcycle the pieces to their original glory. Don’t have any on hand? That’s fine; neither did we! We point you to the best online stores for second-hand kimono fabric, and how to reuse the original collar bands from the garments. All you need for one vest is a single kimono.

free rag weaving pattern

Free Weaving Pattern 2: Making Rag Rugs

Peekaboo Rag Rug Instructions by Karla Stille
What do you get when you combine log
cabin and block geometric designs with
Swedish rep weaving on a rag rug loom? A fairly easy-to-weave,
beautiful, reversible, wonderful-to-touch rug that’s almost too pretty to
walk on.

free rag weaving pattern

Free Weaving Pattern 3: Upcycled T-Shirt Rugs

Perfect Marriage T-Shirt Yarn Rug by Amanda Robinette

Old t-shirts are an abundant, if somewhat
problematic, source of weft
material. Knitwear fabric, such as
that in T-shirts, can create uneven selvedges
with excessive and erratic draw-in due to its
stretchiness. A simple technique for preparing
T-shirts and other knitwear produces a
neat, tidy, and structured rug. This involves cutting
loops from the
circular parts of clothing—the trunk of a
shirt, the sleeves, the legs and hips of pants
and leggings—and then joining those loops
together to form a continuous strand. Learn more about how to create this bulky weft yarn within.

Whatever project you hope to weave, you’ll find this resource helpful.

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