Rag Rug Workshop - Full Day - York



Have fun turning old t-shirts and forgotten favourites into recycled works of art with the age-old skill of rag rugging. In our Yorkshire full 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 spend the morning learning the different techniques working on a sunflower and then in the afternoon have the chance to start a rug, cushion, wreath or smaller project

You will learn:

- How to use the rag rug equipment
- How to work with hessian
- Materials (selecting & preparing)
- How to design for rag rug
- 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.

The cost of the full day workshop is £75

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


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 but we ask that you bring a packed lunch with you. Also included is a free rag rug latch hook to take home with you.


Lizzie at Ragged Life
The Viking Loom, Wigginton Lodge
Wigginton Road, Wigginton
North Yorkshire
YO32 2RH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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Suzanne - - #27298

What a really great day this was at the York workshop on 11 January. It was led by Lorraine who was friendly, good humoured and knowledgeable in equal measure. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone as being great value for money. You'll leave with the information and tools you need to finish the project you started (either a rug, cushion, flowers, bag or whatever) at home. There is also the opportunity to buy other pieces of kit at really reasonable prices if you feel you've totally got the bug (as I did!). There's no pressure to buy. I'm not one for leaving reviews but felt I should as I was so impressed by it all.

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Karen Robson - - #20504

A brilliant half day course with an excellent and friendly tutor. It is amazing how much can be learnt in only a morning when you have a pressure free and relaxed atmosphere. Elspeth has the talents of a good teacher to provide clear instructions and individual help whilst encouraging creativity. She answers all questions with humour and the sincerity of an enthusiast. Thank you for introducing me to a new hobby I hope to enjoy for years.

In-person course
Sarah - - #20431

I’m still smiling 2 days later. This was such a friendly course. Elspeth is a great teacher. She gave attention to everyone and never left slower crafters behind. It’s lovely to come away with all the skills to get rag rugging immediately. I’ve finished a second practice piece and I’ll be starting a cushion shortly. I would highly recommend a Ragged Life course to anyone.

Response from Ragged Life:

Thanks so much for your kind words Sarah. You were an absolute pleasure to teach and I can't wait to see your final cushion :) Keep me posted. All the best, Elspeth

In-person course
Emmie - - #12412

Great workshop! Completely relaxed environment with a lovely host. She gave very clear advice/ instructions and made sure we were all happy with what we were doing. Overall, a very positive first workshop experience.

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