Rag Rugging

87 TUTOR: Caroline Marriott

Traditionally a technique used to transform worn out clothing into rugs to keep the house warm, rag rugging is a lovely way of turning used fabrics into attractive and useful items. On this course, you will learn how to transform recycled materials into rugs, cushions, mats and bags. You will also take a contemporary approach to the craft and make flowers and items of jewellery. The tutor will start by introducing both the hooky and proggy techniques of rag rugging. You will also explore design, discuss materials and consider finishing solutions. By the end of the week, you will have made one small item and either a cushion, bag or wall hanging.

Course Notes


Introduction and a brief run through about how the sessions will go.

Talk about tools and materials. This session is an opportunity to try things out. Use a variety of fabrics and wools and experiment with the hookie and proddy

These tools are not included in the price of the course. Students may use the tools for the week and the tutor will have some available for sale at the end of the week.

We will begin by making a brooch, a flower or a small hanging. Students will make a template, draw onto hessian, rag rug the item and finish off appropriately.


Students will be shown a variety of rag rugged items and given an idea of how long these may take to make to help them decide what they want to make this week.

We will look at factors that make for a good rag rug design. The tutor will provide books to look through both for design ideas and what other rag ruggers make.

How to transfer a design from paper to hessian.

Look at colour choices.

Where to start and what order to rug in.

Students design their project and start work.


Students continue to work on their rag rugging. The tutor will advise students individually on their work and how to progress.

At the end of the session we will come together to discuss what everyone is doing.

There will be a discussion on the history of rag rugging and a look at other ways of working and other tools you can use.


Students will continue to work on their own piece.

We will look at finishing techniques.

Any student who has chosen to make a rug will be unlikely to complete it in the week but we will look at examples of finished work and discuss ways to complete their rug.

The tutor will demonstrate techniques that students can use to make their own work into a cushion or a bag.


A contemporary look at rag rugging. We will look at other ways it can be used.

There will be lots of examples of things to make and students can have a go at making some jewellery or other small item.

Students may choose to continue working on their own project.


The tutor will bring the tools and materials for use in the workshop. However, students may like to bring some of their own fabrics. Rag rugging was developed to use old and worn fabrics and these work best with these techniques. Well-washed or well-worn fabrics are the best .Any weight of fabric will work also.

Students may also like to bring some design sources. Pictures, books, magazines to use as inspiration.

Course Tutor

Caroline Marriott

About Caroline

Caroline Marriott started her textile career crocheting little stripy jumpers for fellow students at University. She went on to do a teacher training course and for many years combined working in school with developing her own work and selling it in shops and at craft events. She is a member of the Whiteknights Studio Trail and the Society of Designer Craftsmen and runs workshops for both adults and children in textiles and beading.

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