Meet Rags to Rugs!

Trish Flanagan of Rags to Rugs crochets rag rugs and cushions from recycled fabric.  Her fabric is sourced from all her favourite Op shops around Perth.

Rags to Rugs initially began as a mother and daughter hobby. One day I sent a picture of a yellow oval shaped (awful) rug to my daughter, Fiona. She soon replied asking who had made that? A friend of hers, Jackie, from Little Leather then suggested I start making rugs.

We launched Rags to Rugs in March 2015 with a very successful market. We couldn't wait to go back for more. I prepared and made the rugs, while Fiona sourced our supplies from local Op Shops. She also did our Media and Marketing work by photographing the rugs and posting to our Instagram account. Before we knew it Rag to Rugs was up and running and my living room was full of doona covers and sheets.

We went to markets together and loved talking to people about the rugs, old times, and hearing so many memories from people as this is a re-invented old art. During our first two day market we were a little lost. Lucky our stall was two down from Teesh Designs. Once Mary took us under her wing we were up and away with lots of handy hints and encouragement. We are forever grateful to you Mary!

Making rag rugs came about when I retired early, something I was not ready for. I had attempted rug making some 20 years ago with a tooth brush needle, however this was very time consuming and it wasn't really for me. A crochet hook somehow found its way into my hand and I am now totally consumed by crocheting rugs. I have made over 200!

I have always been a bit crafty. In my early years I taught myself to knit with the help of an old neighbour. I also made porcelain dolls some 20 years ago. I have no idea why I chose to crochet though! I had never done it before so it was never a passion of mine. Now I can't put the hook down!

I currently work from home in our living room and our outdoor area (when the weather permits), as my craft room has become a bedroom and has been staged for the sale of our home.

This year due to the amount of demand I have, I decided to hold Workshops as well, teaching others how to crochet rag rugs. I have now completed 6 classes with another in the planning stages.

Just recently, I have introduced cushions to my range which are also crocheted from recycled fabric. I hope I will be taking my cushions to market for the first time in November as they have proven to be very popular. I will continue to create rugs and to help customers choose the size, colour, and shape to fit their décor.

The current level of talent in WA inspires me to be involved in the handmade world. So many very clever people making beautiful things we would once never have dreamed of having at our finger tips. Online, in Pop Up Stores and at the very professional markets we have in this City and beyond.

These days it is just me making the rugs as Fiona has her hands full with 3 of our grandchildren and has another job. However, she keeps an eye on my spelling and what Rags to Rugs is producing. I continue to learn the social media side of the makers movement, to take photos and keep up to date with what is trending in colours and styles.

The only Market I have attended this year is Perth Makers Market, where many of my customers and friends know where to find me. I feel that I bring something unique to this market and it suits my product totally.

I hope to keep Rags to Rugs simple and keep taking it to the people for some time yet. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope to read yours one day. Please feel free to come and chat at the upcoming market.

Where to find Rags to Rugs!

Rags to Rugs can be found online through their Facebook page and on Instagram.

They can also be contacted directly by email at


Our Next Market

We're excited that our next market is less than a fortnight away on November 5th! With over 180 stalls (196 stallholders!) you will be sure to see something you like.

Don't forget to say you're either "going" or "interested" on our Facebook event to keep up to date with the news on this market.

We're excited to announce an additional market date this year - this time in the Perth CBD.

We will be running a Friday Night Christmas Market on November 17th from 4:00pm - 9:00pm at Lot 10, next to Yagan Square (corner of Wellington Street and William street, Perth).

Don't forget to say you're either "going" or "interested' on our Facebook event to keep up to date with news on this market.


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