Rag flower – free tutorial

Nov 3rd

I needed a special flower to wear, which I wanted to make in a ‘traditional’ way, so I set about making a type of rag rug flower.  I thought you might like to have a go too, so here goes:

You will need:


Material that you can easily tear into fabric strips

Brooch back

Glue gun/PVA

Rag hook or something to pull the rags through with

Fabric for the back

What to do:

  1. Cut out a cardboard template as small or large as you would like your brooch to be – I wanted a statement brooch, so mine was 12cm diam.  Then use this to draw out your hessian circle.
  2. You can mark circles or another pattern to follow if you wish, then stitch all around the outer edge.  I used a row of zig-zag stitches, then a row of small straight stitches.  This part is really important because hessian frays REALLY badly!
  3. Tear your strips of fabric as shown and find your hook!
  4. Use your hook to pull the fabric stripsthrough the hessian, leave just a couple of hessian threads inbetween the two ends as shown in this picture.
  5. Continue to pull your rags through, following the guidelines you have drawn.
  6. It doesn’t matter if your strips are different lengths because you can trim them up when you have finished.
  7. This is what the back will look like after the first few rags have been threaded through.Don’t worry if you think that the holes you have made in the hessian are too big – it will close back up again and tighten around your strips – they won’t fall out!
  8. This is the back view after all the rags have been treaded through.  As you can see, I have kind of followed my guidelins on the front and worked in circles, finished up with some green for the outer edge.
  9. When you have finished this part, cut a circle of fabric using your original cardboard template and glue this to the back of the brooch – I used PVA to do this.  This will neaten the back and give you a nice finish for your brooch back.  When the fabric is completly dry, use a glue gun to attach your brooch back.
  10. All finished!  Trim your rags and give it a good ruffle to seperate the strips.  Your rag brooch will get better with age and wear!


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