Rag Rug Full Day Workshop - London



Have fun turning old t-shirts and forgotten favourites into recycled works of art with the age-old skill of rag rugging. In this half day class you will learn all the skills you will need to be able to make unique rag rugs, cushions and art to spice up your home. Careful though, it’s addictive!

In this workshop you will have the chance to start either a rag rug cushion, rag rug letter or smaller project. We also run specific Rag Rug Christmas Wreath workshops so keep your eyes peeled for seasonal classes. In our classes you will learn:

- How to use the rag rug equipment
- How to work with hessian
- Materials (selecting & preparing)
- Both rag rugging techniques (loopy & shaggy)

You will be provided with all the materials you need during the class but as the charm of rag rugging is often in the memories attached to old clothes, you're welcome to bring along any of your own clothing you’d like to incorporate, particularly if you have clothing with sentimental value that you'd like to use.

Our rag rug teacher, Elspeth Jackson, is one of the leading rag ruggers in the country. She is one of the expert teachers at the Knitting & Stitching Show, has had a rag rug book, "Rag Rugs, Pillows & More," published on the subject and is a regular in craft magazines - you'll be in very good hands!

This class is suitable for all levels but do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

What COVID-19 precautions will be in place?

We’re determined to make the rag rug classes as fun and seamless as possible. We will however have some extra precautions in place to make sure everyone stays safe:

- The class will be capped to ensure we observe social distancing
- All the rag rug tools will be disinfected before the workshop and at the end of the workshop.
- Everyone will be asked to disinfect their hands upon arriving at the workshop and leaving.
- Teas, coffees and refreshments will be provided as usual, but we’ll be using single-use compostable cups, or please bring along your own reusable one.
- If you would like to buy any rag rug tools at the end of the workshop, we will only be taking card payments (we have an iZettle card machine).

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This class includes everything you need for your rag rug project. You'll be provided with tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the class. Also included is a free rag rug latch hook to take home with you.


Lizzie at Ragged Life
12 Stockholm Way
Greater London

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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In-person course
Klaudija Alasauskaite - - #8258

This course was great! Elspeth was really patient and taught us step by step how to make the perfect rag rug item! It was a very friendly and relaxing environment and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to pick up a new craft or for just a fun few hours with friends.

In-person course
Pamela - - #2088

Very nice course. Everything was perfectly organized and the Elspeth is a very good teacher!

In-person course
Sophie Goard - - #1644

Thoroughly enjoyed this class for the second time - Elspeth is an excellent tutor with oodles of patience and lots of creative and sensible suggestions. Fab location, excellent pace and length of class, all equipment provided and something tangible to show for it and confidence to complete the projects not quite finished in the time.
Would heartily recommend - next stop rag rug Christmas wreaths!

In-person course
Kellie - - #1634

I had such fun on this course! As someone who struggles with most 'arty' endeavours, I found Elspeth's tutorial friendly, easy to follow and very accessible. All equipment was provided and we came away with all the knowledge necessary to finish our designs and feel confident in starting our own rag rug projects. It was a very sociable, relaxed atmosphere and there were plenty of bright and beautiful examples of Elspeth's completed rag rugs on show, which was inspiring.
I would thoroughly recommend this class for anyone who wants to learn a lovely new craft and have lots of fun doing it!

In-person course
Kate - - #1595

Enjoyed learning a new skill and the cost was very reasonable.

In-person course
Victoria - - #1517

I really enjoyed this course. It was a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and we learned exactly what we had set out to do. Elspeth described the two methods of rag rugging - shaggy or the flatter one and talked about other ways with the proddy. She provided cushion size hessian and hook to take away or a frame and smaller piece of hessian if you chose to do the little picture and she provided scissors and lots of cut fabrics to use on the evening. We could take any fabric we were using to keep with the design and she suggested ways of keeping the design varied . We started a project which was easy to finish and gave lots of ideas. 2.5 hours is a good length of time to get started. When I told friends they were very5 interested, as it's not a common craft to learn about.

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