DIY Rag Rug from Old Jeans and T-Shirts

tshirt-rag-rugHappy Earth Day! I hope you are doing your part to promote a clean environment. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city, a small suburb, or somewhere in between – every little bit helps! As part of my commitment to the modern environmental movement of Earth Day I started in my very own apartment. 

tshirt-rag-rugA big part of helping the environment is reducing waste in our landfills. As I was going through some old clothes, I came upon a bunch of pairs of jeans that were too worn out to donate to charity, but I didn’t want to just throw them away. What a waste! So I decided to make them into a crocheted rag rug.


Seriously, look at all these clothes I had lying around!

So I picked out some colors to go together and started cutting. I cut the jeans into 1″ strips and I cut the t-shirts into 1.5 – 2″ strips. In some of the rag rug tutorials I looked at I saw that they rolled the strips into balls, but I didn’t really find the need to do that. The strips were so thick that they didn’t really run the risk of getting tangled. Here’s my one tip: try to keep each t-shirt and/or pair of jeans in just one strip if possible. It really helps things when you don’t have to connect all the strips together. Basically I cut the jeans strips starting at one pant leg and then circled around to the other. For the t-shirts I just started at the bottom and did a lot of curving around as I cut.


I ended up using about four pairs of old jeans and six t-shirts. However, I’m a bigger gal, so my jeans are big…so you might end up using a bit more if you’re using smaller jeans. Once I had all my strips together I started crocheting. I hadn’t crocheted anything in a while, and prior to this rag rug the only thing I had ever crocheted was a scarf. For the very best crochet rag rug tutorial I suggest this tutorial from Sugar Bee Crafts. She actually has some videos on that page that show the most simple crochet stitch as well as tips for starting/shaping the rug.

I’ll tell you this, if you start with denim, the beginning of the rug is going to look like a hot mess at first. Like a big denim blob. But eventually it starts looking REALLY good.


I alternated two rows of denim with three rows of t-shirt strips, and then I alternated the blue t-shirt strips with the green. I really like how the rug turned out. It’s not perfectly shaped, but just seeing it every day and knowing that I MADE it out of old materials – it’s so satisfying. And the dogs like it too!


9 Comments on DIY Rag Rug from Old Jeans and T-Shirts

  1. FABBY
    at (5 years ago)

    I’m totally impressed with your blanket crocheted from cloths rugs, wow!! You did a great job…but I am drooling over your pug!!!!!!!!! We had our beloved Ben for 13 years, who died almost 3 years ago and I still miss him so much! Pugs are the smartest and greatest little dogs ever! Have a good week.

    • Sarah SaturDIY
      at (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Fabby. We love our pugs too! Aren’t they the best little dogs?

  2. Sarah
    at (5 years ago)

    I wish I’d seen this before I threw away all my too-worn-for-the-op-shop jeans last week. NEXT TIME!!

  3. Allison
    at (5 years ago)

    Adorable! I love the mat and am going to have to start saving some old clothes to make myself one. I imagine it’s the smell that draws your dogs to it. It might be a good thing to make to go inside one of my pup’s kennels to help with his separation anxiety.

  4. Diana Rambles
    at (5 years ago)

    I am so bummed that I don’t crochet because I really want one of these. I will pin to my crochet (dreams) board!

  5. Vickie
    at (5 years ago)

    This is absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to make one! I love your pug. I had one for 15 years. Her name was Ginger and she was “my little girl”. I miss her so much when I see other pugs. Happy weekend!

  6. Kathy Moody
    at (5 years ago)

    This is so awesome!! Just pinned. I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  7. Gina
    at (4 years ago)

    I love this rug! Even though I can’t do anything crochet!

  8. Kelly O
    at (2 years ago)

    Quite impressive! I have been saving up clothing to make a quilt, but this looks even cooler! I love the “old school” charm of this.


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