"I found Mrs Willard braiding a rug out of strips of wool from Mr Willard's old suits"
A knitted 'rag rug' made from old T-shirts
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA knitted 'rag rug' made from old T-shirts - Credit: Aine D, Flickr

In America the making of 'rag rugs' at home began at a time when floor coverings were not obtainable by any other means. They were made using any remnants of cloth which were available, often scraps of old clothing.

Subsequently, as in the case of Mrs. Willard, the making of 'rag rugs' became a home-based craft hobby.