How to Crochet Rag Rugs

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. 

  • 01 of 08

    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".

    Alternatives to Making Your Own Yarn

    Crochet rag rugs are a popular way to recycle old material. However, you can also use these free crochet rug patterns to make rugs using yarn of a similar weight to the 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.

  • 02 of 08

    Free Colorful Crochet Rag Rug Pattern

    close up of 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.

  • 03 of 08

    Single Crochet Rag Rug Free Pattern

    Single Crochet Rag Rug Free Pattern

    Dutch Hollow Acres

    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.

  • 04 of 08

    Knit T-Shirt Yarn Rag Rug Free Crochet Pattern

    rag rug being knitted with large knitting needle

    Crazy Mom Quilts

    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.

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  • 05 of 08

    Crochet Rag Rug Pattern and Tutorial

    Crochet Rag Rug Pattern and Tutorial

    Crochet Collection

    This rug from Crochet Collection 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.

  • 06 of 08

    Doily T-Shirt Yarn Rug Free Pattern

    T-shirt Yarn Doily Rug

    Crochet in Paternoster

    Crochet in Paternoster does terrific work with t-shirt yarn, which is 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.

  • 07 of 08

    How to Crochet and Block a Rectangular T-Shirt Yarn Rug

    T-shirt Yarn Crochet Rag Rug

    My Recycled Bags

    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 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.

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    Crochet Rag Rug Video Tutorial

    circle crochet Rag Rug

    Sugar Bee Crafts

    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 by Sugar Bee Crafts, offering a great opportunity for visual learners to get a sense of how to make a rag rug.