How to Crochet Rag Rugs

Free crochet rag rug patterns

Rag rugs are both practical and beautiful. Take any of your old, worn textiles - even the ones that are too stained or shabby to be used for their original purposes - and turn them into wonderful works of art that add a fresh breath of style to your home. This collection of free rag rug crochet pattern includes a wide variety of designs that all make excellent use of old fabric strips. 

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    Tips for Making Crochet Rag Rugs

    Crochet Rag Rug
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    How to Make Rag Rug "Yarn"

    The first thing that you need to learn when making rag rugs is how to turn your rags into "yarn" for crochet. Basically you will cut your fabric into strips and either sew or knot those strips together into a longer strip used as "yarn". Here are some helpful resources:

    Alternatives to Making Your Own Yarn

    Crochet rag rugs are a popular way to recycle old...MORE material. However you can also use these free crochet rug patterns to make rugs using yarn of a similar weight to fabric. Roving, super bulky weight yarn and t-shirt yarn are all options that you can purchase to use for making these rugs.

    Keep Your Hands Safe

    The other important thing to know is that working with thick material like fabric can be harder on the hands than working with traditional yarn. Those with repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome may want to skip rag rugs or start with smaller ones. Everyone else can benefit from frequently resting your hands when crocheting rag rugs.

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    Crocheted Rag Rug
    Amy Solovay

    This is a small rectangular rag rug (18" x 23") worked in easy double crochet with chain stitches. There is enough of a stitch pattern to keep the crocheting interesting, but it's an easy design overall. The rug is super colorful when made as designed with batik fabric, but you can use any color fabric you want to create a rug of your liking.

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    This free crochet pattern provides some additional instructions for making fabric strips and sewing them together to crochet into a rag rug. The pattern is for a single crochet rug worked in a rectangle that you can easily adapt to any size rug you want to make. The designer added an attractive fringe at the edges, which makes the rug a bit more eye-catching.


    Crochet Rag Rug by Dutch Hollow Acres

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    This is another rectangular single crochet rug. The tutorial shows you how to turn a t-shirt into fabric for a rag rug.  The t-shirt yarn tutorial here is unique and it comes with detailed photos so you'll easily see how to make this rug.


    T-shirt Yarn Rag Rug by Crazy Mom Quilts

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    This is another single crochet rag rug but this one is worked in the round to create a rug with a more organic shape. You could use any basic crochet circle pattern to make your own rag rug.

    Crochet Rag Rug by Crochet Collection

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    Crochet in Paternoster does terrific work with t-shirt yarn, which is an one fabric used in making rag rugs. This free crochet pattern that she offers is perfect for use with t-shirt yarn (as designed) but can be worked with any fabric that you have. You can also use other doily patterns worked with larger hooks and yarn to create rugs.


    ​T-shirt Yarn Doily Rug by Crochet in Paternoster


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    In this tutorial, Cindy of My Recycled Bags shows you how to crochet a rug using old t-shirts and sheets. The small rug (16" x 19") is worked in the round to create a rectangular shape. You could make the rug larger by continuing to work the pattern.

    At this point, it's worth mentioning that each rag rug is going to turn out slightly different, depending on the materials you use and your own unique way of crocheting. One common problem with rag rugs: sometimes they just don't lie...MORE flat, even if you do exactly what your pattern says. You often have to improvise a bit with your increasing to make them work out.

    That's definitely the case with this pattern, which is why you'll need to know how to block the rug too. Luckily, the designer tells us exactly how to do this in this free crochet rug pattern. If your rug does end up getting a bit distorted, you can try blocking it to see if that will fix the problem; the details in the instructions are very clear for doing so, making this a great resource.


    Blocking and Crocheting a T-shirt Yarn Rug by My Recycled Bags


    Note: This designer also offers a free crochet pattern for semi-circle t-shirt yarn bath mat.

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    This is a free crochet tutorial for a rag rug that shows you how to turn sheets into fabric. The tutorial is a video tutorial, offering a great opportunity for visual learners to get a sense of how to make a rag rug.


    Crochet Rag Rug Tutorial by Sugar Bee Crafts