After making a handy crochet basket from t-shirt yarn last week I was itching to experiment with some homemade t-shirt yarn and made a Crochet Rag Rug from some old clothes that I had laying around. I took the opportunity to make a video of whole the process and included some instructions for changing yarn colours and how to do a Single Crochet (sc) Stitch. If you are a leftie I haven’t forgotten you, I made a video with left-handed crochet instructions – watch it here.
This mat isn’t going to win any beauty pageants, but if you are new to crochet, this little project is a great one to start with as the homemade yarn gives it a rustic look that hides any mistakes or dodgy stitches. Use it as a doormat or bathmat and just throw it in the washing machine when it gets dirty.
You will need:
- 3-4 old t-shirts or leggings
- sharp scissors
- 12mm crochet hook
The video gives you a good overview but I thought you may find written instructions useful
- Cut garment into 2cm wide strips. Cutting in a spiral fashion around the garment will give you continuous strips. I’ve made a video showing the most efficient way to cut t-shirts for braided rug making, you can use the same technique but just cut the strips narrower. WATCH THE T-SHIRT CUTTING VIDEO HERE.
- Wind your yarn into balls. The amount of yarn you will need for the rug will depend on the size of the garment.
Refer to video for instructions:
How to Single crochet (sc) stitch (US) – 1:32
How to change colour yarn knot free – 1:54
Rag Rug Crochet Pattern
Finished size: Approx 50cm x 37cm
Chain 40 stitches
R1: Miss first chain and sc into second stitch. Sc into every stitch (39 stitches).
R2-30: Chain 1, turn, skip 1 and sc all.
Crochet 30 rows, or however many you like. You can just keep going and make a hall runner if you have enough t-shirts.
Slip last stitch and weave in ends.
Yell out if you have any questions, I hope you enjoy the video tutorial.