Fluffy Shaggy Wool Yarn Tassel Rug

I've been on the hunt for the perfect fluffy shaggy white rug for our bedroom for a while now, but just couldn't find one i loved. They either had the wrong color or a weird texture; even the rugs with a giant price tag wouldn't work. So i decided to make my own.

Since i wasn't really sure if i would like the result, i started with a smaller, two-toned rug for the kitchen first ( hence all the different yarn colors in the tutorial below), using a giant brown yarn ball that i had kept in my craft drawer for years.
That rug took me roughly three hours to finish; the white rug took three evenings ( 5-6 hours). It's an easy thing to do while sitting on the couch and watching TV.

Schon seit längerem war ich auf der Suche nach dem perfekten flauschigen weissen Teppich fürs Schlafzimmer, aber entweder hatten sie immer die falsche Farbe oder waren aus seltsamen Material. Selbst die ganz teueren waren nicht das was ich mir vorstellte. Also habe ich beschlossen meinen eigenen Teppich zu machen.
Da ich mir nicht sicher war ob ich das Resultat wirklich mögen würde, habe ich erstmal einen kleineren Teppich für die Küche gemacht ( daher die verschiedenen Woll-Farben in den Fotos unten), mit einem riesigen Wollknäuel das ich schon seit Jahren rumliegen hatte. 
Der kleine Teppich war innerhalb von 3 Stunden fertig, der weisse Teppich hat so knapp 5-6 Stunden gedauert. Ganz leicht zu machen während man abends gemütlich auf der Couch sitzt und TV guckt. 

Ok, so here's what you will need to make your own rug:

Wool Yarn
Baker's Twine
Carpet Underlay

Für den DIY Teppich braucht man:



1. Start by cutting your yarn into pieces of ca. 12 cm. You don't have to measure exactly, as you won't notice slight variations in length, plus you can still trim it once the rug is finished.


1. Schneide die Wolle in Stücke von jeweils ca 12cm. Man muss nicht genau messen, eher so nach Gefühl und Augenmaß, da man die verschiedenen Längen hinterher nicht sieht, bzw. kann man ja immer noch mal nachschneiden und kürzen wenn der Teppich fertig ist.

Cut a giant pile, and just when you think you have enough, cut the same amount again ;)
Seriously, you will need a lot of yarn. For my white rug, i used 10 balls à 50g.

Für den weissen Teppich habe ich 10 Wollknäule à 50g verbraucht.

2. Make tassels: grab a bunch of those yarn pieces ( 15-20), and tie the center with a piece of Baker's Twine. Make sure to tie as tight as possible, to prevent the yarn pieces from slipping out. Make double knots.

2. Mache Quasten: nimm ca 15-20 Stücke der Wollstreifen, und knote sie in der Mitte mit einem Doppelknoten zusammen. So fest knoten wie möglich, damit die Streifen nicht rausfallen können. 

3. Keep making tassels until all the yarn is used up

3. Mache Quasten bis die gesamte Wolle aufgebraucht ist.

4. Double-knot the tassels to the carpet underlay.

4. Knote die Quasten an die Anti-Rutschmatte mit einem Doppelknoten.

And that's all. Your DIY fluffy shaggy rug is finished!

Und das wars auch schon. Innerhalb weniger Stunden ist der Flauschi-Teppich fertig!

It can't be washed in a machine, spot cleaning only. If it gets really dirty, spread it in the bathtub, gently massage with a mild shampoo, rinse off with warm water and let dry over night.

Natürlich kann man ihn nicht in der Maschine waschen. Einzelne Flecken kann man stellenweise mit einem feuchten Lappen wischen, und wenn der Teppich richtig schmutzig wird, einfach in der Badewanne ausbreiten, mit Shampoo einschäumen, anschliessend mit warmen Wasser abspülen und dann über Nacht zum Trocknen so liegen lassen. 


  1. That is a really neat idea, I think I'm going to try this. Thanks for the inspiration! xo

  2. Wow,this idea of tying the yarn pieces in bakers twine is very smart as it will save a lot of time of the maker ,I might try this
    Thank you:)

  3. Oh, how fun! I especially love the white one! I'm impressed how quickly you were able to finish -- it looks like something that would take forever!

    I'd love to have you link up to my weekly Yarn Fanatic Party! http://philwife.blogspot.com/2015/01/yarn-fanatic-party-19.html

  4. I love this project, it's nice to see some where you don't need a sewing machine or the need to know how to knit or crochet. Was it about 5 ×5 rug ? Then it took 10 balls or skines of yarn ? I'm not sure if I had the terminology (skine) right, you can tell I don't knit :D Thanks for sharing, I will be watching for an answer. Sincerely, Diena

    1. Hi Diena,

      oh i know how you feel. I read so many beautiful DIY rug tutorials, but they all required either a sewing machine or advanced crochet/knitting skills. I got my idea when i saw a pom pom rug on Pinterest, but didn’t like how you can actually see the single balls.
      The white rug measures roughly 30x32 inch, and i used 10 balls of yarn. It was quite thin though ( needle size 3) and had a total length of 135m. The brown yarn i used for the first rug was much thicker and way faster to work with, but the rug isn’t that much smaller ( 24x32). And i f you look at that brown rug again, you can see all those black spots. That was ultra fine merino wool. My idea was to get a two-toned style, but the fine wool clumped up immediately, so now it looks more like a leopard. I don’t know much about yarn myself, but I recommend you just go with the bulkiest, fluffiest yarn you can find. Give it a try with one ball first, to see how far you get, and then purchase more. Hope this helps! Let me know how it worked.


    2. Thanks for writing back Natascha and thanks for all the info too. Only one more question ( : where do you buy the underlayment ? I'm sorry i didn't check first but i will, are you from out of the country ? I am asking because i was wondering if I could buy the underlayment at JoAnn's Fabrics shop, i don't know if you have this kind of shop where you're from. Any info is so appreciated. This will be my first project as soon as all Christmas decor is put away and
      I'm fixing up a small room on the 3rd floor as my craft room. First time I have ever had an extra room for my craft stuff
      but I'm very excited. Have a great day. Sincerely, Diena

  5. Love your idea! Thank you for sharing!

  6. You can also do this with your old clothes.. I recycle everything I can, and it keeps me busy

  7. Wow. Fantastic. Thankyou. I was also thinking that one could take a bunch and sew it to a base, take another bunch, sew ....... etc.

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