Crocheted Rag Rug Pattern

Sheet yarn tie dyed with sharpie pens

Do you recognize this ball of rag yarn? The kids made it from an old sheet, and today – as promised – I am here to show you what we did with it! Here is the finished product: a beautiful crochet rag rug.

crochet rag rug pattern

I made it using a 10mm crochet hook. I even wrote out the pattern, in case any of you want to try this fun project! The completed rug is now on our kitchen floor – we stand on it to wash the dishes and the crocheted texture feels quite soothing to bare feet. Here is the pattern for this crocheted rag rug, which was made using a queen size sheet.

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Crocheted Rag Rug Pattern

Using  a 10mm crochet hook and1.5-2-inch strips of cotton cloth that have been stitched or tied together to form rag yarn. Use stitch markers to mark the beginning of each row. You can also make this project using t-shirt yarn (much easier to work with than old sheets!)

Make a magic ring.
R1 sc 5 in magic ring
R2 Inc 5 all the way around (10 stitches)
R3 inc 1, sc 1 all the way around (15 stitches)
R4 Inc 1 sc2 all the way around (20 stitches)
R5 Inc 1 sc3 all the way around (25 stitches)
R6 Inc 1 sc4 all the way around (30 stitches)
R7 Inc 1 sc5 all the way around (35 stitches)
R8 inc 1 sc6 all the way around (40 stitches)
R9 Inc 1 sc7 all the way around (45 stitches)
R10 Inc 1 sc8 all the way around (50 stitches)
R11 Inc 1 sc 9 all the way around (55 stitches)
R12 Inc 1 sc 10 all the way around (60 stitches)
R13 Inc 1 sc 11 all the way around (65 stitches)
R14 Inc 1 sc 12 all the way around (70 stitches)
R15 Inc 1 sc 13 all the way around (75 stitches)
R16 inc 1 sc 14 all the way around (80 stitches)
R17 Inc 1 sc 15 all the way around (85 stitches)
R18 Inc 1 sc 16 all the way around (90 stitches)
R19 Inc 1 sc 17 all the way around (95 stitches)

It is a simple pattern that you can use to make a much larger rug if desired. If you put the increase stitch in the middle/at random instead of at the beginning you will get a round rug instead of a pentagonal one. I ran out of yarn about halfway through the 19th row, so I stopped there. Making the rug is quite a bit of work, but I love the way it looks and feels, and I love that my kids are learning that you can take something that *could* be trash (a sheet with a big hole in the middle) and turn it into something beautiful.

What creative projects are you working on?

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

10 thoughts on “Crocheted Rag Rug Pattern”

  1. That turned out wonderful and I love the lesson for the kids! It’s been awhile since I crocheted, but we’re going to need to try this. Did you stitch or tie the strips of sheet together?

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