Crochet Rag Rug Instructions

    by Karen Ellis

    About the Author

    Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.


    Traditional rag rugs are braided in the same fashion as hair. You can also crochet fabric strips to form a rug, giving the finished project an interesting, unique appearance. When braiding, you must sew the long braids to form the rug. However, when crocheting, you simply work the rug as you would any other round crocheted piece and skip the sewing, which saves a lot of time.


    Gather old or no longer used clothing made from cotton or a cotton-polyester mix. You can use old sheets, garments or fabric scraps from other sewing projects. Old jeans make an interesting design for a crochet rag rug. If you prefer particular colors in your rug, purchase specific fabrics for the project. You could also make a rug entirely from velour, or similar soft fabrics. All of the fabrics in a rag rug should be roughly the same thickness so that your rug has an even look and feel. Cut your fabric into strips of between one-half and one inch. The thickness of the strips depends on the thickness of the fabric and the look you prefer. Sew the strips together, forming a large ball, much like a ball of yarn. You will also need a size K crochet hook, or the size that gives you the tightness of stitches you like.


    A round crochet rag rug is made by creating a ring and then continually crocheting around until your rug us the size you desire. You will need to increase stitches each time you make a complete circle in order for the finished rug to lay flat. The work would form a bowl-shape and look more like a giant hat than a rug if each row is not increased properly.
    Form a slip stitch at the end of your fabric strip to attach your crochet hook. Chain 6. Form a slip stitch in the first chain made to form a ring. Work six stitches, evenly spaced around, into the ring. Mark the beginning of the round before you start the next stitch. You can do this with a long piece of yarn. Place it across your work and then make the next stitch over it. When you reach that stitch again, you will know you have gone one complete circle. Make two sc (single crochet) in each stitch around. Start the next row with two sc in the first stitch and then one sc in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern all the way around. In the third row, work two sc in the first stitch and one sc in each of the next two stitches. Repeat the pattern all the way around. Increase the number of single crochets in each successive row, so the next row would have three individual single crochets between the increase stitch of two sc in a single (previous) stitch. Stop crocheting when your crochet rag rug is the size you prefer.


    Cut your fabric strip with a two-inch tail. Pull the tail through the loop on your crochet hook. Work the fabric tail into the last round of crocheting on the underside of the rug. Start saving fabrics for your next crochet rag rug.