Upcycle your old T-shirts, sheets, and even towels by making a crochet rag rug, perfect to serve as a bath mat or kitchen sink rug. The rug is small, but its visual impact is dramatic, thanks to the vibrant colors. The finished rug typically measures about 23 inches wide by 18 inches high. If you want to make your crochet rag rug bigger, you can crochet a longer starting chain, adding multiples of four stitches. Keep in mind that you'll need more fabric if you choose to crochet a larger rug.
As long as you have enough fabric and it looks like the rug will turn out to be a size you can use, don't fret about the gauge.
Equipment / Tools
- Size N - 9.0 millimeter crochet hook
- 7 yard cotton fabric, cut into 46- x 1.25-inch strips
Prepare the Fabric
You can use storebought rag yarn or T-shirt yarn for this project or make your own with old T-shirts or other scrap fabric. For best results, cut your fabric on the bias (diagonal). Cut the fabric into strips measuring about 1.25 inches high by about 46 inches wide. Stitch the strips together end-to-end to make a rag ball that's one long continuous strip. If your fabric edges are frayed, turn them inward and stitch all the way down the strip to secure them for a cleaner edge.
If you want your rug to have more than one color, stitch different colors of fabric together into the same rag ball.
Chain 52. Double crochet in the third chain from hook. One double crochet in each of the next two double crochet sts. [chain 1, work one double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches.] Repeat the sequence in brackets all the way across the row.
Starting with row 2, work in front loops only throughout. Chain 4, turn. The first three chain stitches count as one double crochet; the fourth chain st counts as one chain stitch. [Skip the next stitch. Work one double crochet st in each of the next three stitches, chain 1.] Repeat the sequence in brackets all the way across the row. End the row with a group of three double crochet stitches.
Repeat row two until your rug is the size you want it to be. This constant repeat makes this a really great project for mindful crochet practice.
End off. You can weave in your ends as usual, and if you like you can stitch them down using a sewing needle and thread for extra security.