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Complete your space with this DIY shag rug


Make your room even more personal by adding a piece that you created on your own. You may choose to do a second run of knotting in the crosswise direction for a fuller, much shaggier effect.

Crafts and Styling by Tala Singson. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article (“Where’s Shaggy?") in the RL Notebook of the May 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.



  • Old T-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
How to do it:
  1. Cut strips of fabric around ½” wide and 4” to 6” long from your old t-shirts. You can go all-out with random colorful fabrics for a fun “anything-goes” look, or you can choose different shades of one color for a more subtle and polished appeal.
  2. Cut out a rectangular (or circular) shaped fabric from the back on an XL t-shirt or any sturdy fabric material to form the base. Cut slits about half an inch wide and ¾” apart. Leave a 1” border.
  3. Take a strip of fabric and tie a knot around two slits on the base, lengthwise. Repeat this procedure until you’ve completed the whole base. Place your finished rug by the door or under the coffee table.

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