How to Make a Crochet Rag Rug

Making a striped crochet rug from old sweaters is not as difficult as you may think. First, you will need to have an idea of what size rug you want to make. In this article we will walk you step-by-step on how to make a rag rug.

Turn Rags Into Yarn

I know you’ll probably get the idea to turn a sweater or a rag into yarn once you finish reading this article. Maybe you have old sweaters that used to be your favorite sweaters. Maybe it’s because it was that one sweater that was worn so much, or because it’s your favorite old sweater and you didn’t mind giving it away.

Regardless, there are many ways to turn a knitwear into yarn for crochet. Strips of fabric can be made into yarn by either sewing or knotting them together. A popular method of recycling unwanted materials is crocheting rag rugs, but you may also buy yarn if you don’t have any on hand. These rugs can be made with roving, very bulky weight yarn, or t-shirt yarn.

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Traditional yarn is easier on the hands while working with thicker materials like fabric. Rag rugs should be avoided by those who suffer from repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or smaller rugs should be used first. Everyone can get the benefits of frequently resting their hands while they’re at their desk.

Create Your Rug

Now that we have our yarn, it is time to crochet our rag rug. There are a variety of different designs and stitches to accomplish this. It’s best to use different colors of yarn in the vertical and horizontal stripes so that it looks more like a rug, but this isn’t necessary.

Crochet rug squares

Begin by making your first square by two crochet rows of single crochet. The first row will be vertical strips of fabric strips, the second row will create the horizontal strips. It’s easiest to join the first two stitches so that you can make a stitch in each corner of your square. Next, make a single crochet stitch in the first corner.

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You’re going to alternate vertical and horizontal rows. The vertical rows are generally taller than the horizontal ones. Remember to end with a row that is horizontally unbroken, or it may not look like a square.

If you prefer not to have your squares be perfectly sized, then make them wider than they are tall by 2-3 stitches so that they’re trapezoids rather than rhombuses. This will give it an organic look and feel.

These are just guidelines on how to make a simple rag rug but you can check out Pinterest for more designs or see below for other design ideas.

Round Rag Rug

This rug is reversible and the process is simple, making it ideal for a beginner.

Round Crochet Rug

Crochet Stripe Rug

The top of this rug is made with a variety of patterns while the bottom remains single crochet. There are also small squares at the ends which make it easier to keep track of your stitches.

Crochet Rag Rug

Foot Doily Rag Rug

A perfect addition in front of a chair.

Foot Rug

Pet Rag Rug

You can use your rag rug to make a perfect mat for your pet. How to Make a Striped Rag Rug

Pet Rag Rug


With these tips you will be able to repurpose your old, unused sweaters and shirts to create new lively additions to your home. If you have any tips want to share or questions to ask, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll do our very best to get back with you.

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