Rag Rug Pillow DIY

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DIY Rag Rug Pillow

Another month, another Upcycle Challenge! Yay! I love to participate in challenges because it pushes me to get some projects done that I’ve been holding onto for so long. Today I’m going to show you how I made a simple rag rug pillow for my outdoor furniture. After making one I’m going to make a bunch more.

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I’ve been looking for pillow ideas for my porch furniture and came across this rag rug. I thought it would make a fun rustic looking pillow that would fit right in with my outside decor.

A rag rug to use for a pillow.

For as long as I can remember I have loved rag rugs and braided rugs. They just seem so cozy and warm, so I was attracted to this one when I saw it. Here’s how I made my pillow.

Rag Rug Pillow Supplies


Supplies for a rag rug pillow.

  • Rag Rug – The one I found measures 20″x32″. Folded in half the pillow will measure 16″x20″.
  • Travel Pillow – They measure 14″x20″ and are the perfect fit for the pillow insert. You could also use fibre fill.
  • Yarn or Floss – I used a needlepoint 3-ply yarn I found at the thrift store.
  • Large Headed Needle

Rag Rug Pillow Instructions


  • Thread your needle with your yarn. Knot one end several times to keep it from pulling through as your binding your pillow.
  • Fold your rag rug in half and insert your needle and yarn at one of the folded corners.
  • Decide how far apart you want your stitches and start doing a wrap stitch down one short side. My stitches are about an inch apart. (It’s easier to stitch if you find openings between the rag pieces.)

  • Continue stitching around the long side and then stop.
  • Insert the pillow form or Fibre Fill.

  • Continue stitching around the last side and knot at the end. Trim the yarn.

That’s it. So easy. I made it in about 45 minutes.

How to make a rag rug pillow.

I think these would be so beautiful in a Bohemian style room and would fit perfectly in tribal or southwestern decor. 

What do you think? How would you use these?

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  1. Great idea! With it being a former rug, you know it’ll be durable and withstand the outdoor elements. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

  2. OMG – we never would have guessed that your beautiful pillow was made from a rag rug! Super great idea!

  3. What a great idea!! I love the fact that you used yard to sew it all together too! Very cute.

  4. This is a wonderful idea for an outdoor pillow. Plus it is so colorful and will be durable.

  5. What a fun idea! Such an easy way to add a textured pillow to your decor.

  6. What a great idea! Pillows are so expensive and this one has great texture!

  7. I love this pillow. The colors are awesome and look great on your bench. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. What a cute idea! I love all the colors and think it makes a great addition to brightening any room.

  9. Now I need to find one of these rag rugs! now on my to find thrift list!

  10. All this texture gives me heart eyes!!! I love these rugs – and they’re such a great pop of color!!

  11. I love those big stitches you used for the edges. I have never looked at rugs like pillows but I will now. This is awesome!

  12. I love rag rugs, so I think this is so smart to turn it into a pillow!

  13. Oh this is so cute!! Great project!

  14. Oh this is adorable! I’ve got the perfect spot for it on my front porch too.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    {BIG hugs}

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