Rag rugs are both practical and beautiful. If you have old, worn textiles that are too stained or shabby to be used for their original purposes, they're great candidates for being transformed into a rag rug.
If you'd like to look through bunches of free patterns for crocheting rag rugs, take a look through the links posted below. You'll find a fantastic variety of thrifty, creative, useful rag rug designs to choose from.
Important Note: If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or a similar repetitive stress injury, I do not recommend that you try rag crochet. And for everyone else, please, I urge you to use common sense; rest your hands frequently and don't crochet too much at once. If at any point, your hands start to hurt you, STOP! Rag rugs are certainly beautiful, but it's not worth risking an injury to make one.
This rug resembles a gigantic lace doily. The original rug is made of t-shirt yarn, although you could also make it out of rope or other materials.
This cute rag rug is shaped like a butterfly. It's colorful and fun, and it's something a little different from all the oval, square and round rag rugs you see people making.
This pattern was designed by Tresa Robinson. It's posted at the crochetnmore website.
This article was posted at the Canadian Living website. The author is Anna Hobbs; In the text of the article, Anna credits Rose Lynch and her mother for the design idea.
In this tutorial / pattern, Cindy shows you how to crochet a rug using old t-shirts and sheets; she also shows you how to block the rug too.
At this point, it's worth mentioning that each rag rug is going to turn out slightly different, depending on the materials you use and your own unique way of crocheting. One common problem with rag rugs: sometimes they just don't lie flat, even if you do exactly what your pattern says. You often have to improvise a bit with your increasing to make them work out.
That's definitely the case with this pattern, which is why you'll need to know how to block the rug too. If your rug does end up getting a bit distorted, you can try blocking it to see if that will fix the problem.
These instructions are posted at the "My Recycled Bags" website.
This bath mat is shaped like a half-moon. You can cut up old t-shirts that are past their prime to use as your "yarn" for crocheting this mat.
This is another design by Cindy, which is posted at the "My Recycled Bags" website.
This photo tutorial shows you how to make a circular rag rug.
This pattern is posted at "The Sunroom" blog.
This rag rug is crocheted in rows of single crochet stitch. The designer added an attractive fringe at the edges, which makes the rug a bit more eye-catching than it would be otherwise.
These instructions are posted at the alpacabytes website.
This mat is just a plain rectangle. You'll need about 20 knit t-shirts to make one that's similar in size to the designer's project sample.
This page is more of a tutorial than it is a pattern; the tutorial is posted at the "crazymomquilts" blog.
This pattern is for a round rag rug crocheted using strips of knit fabric. The pattern is likely to need some re-working, as the designer mentioned that she was having a bit of trouble with buckling and making the rug lie flat. As I mentioned above, there are many variables with rag crochet, and you can't always plan out an exact formula for increasing that will work for every crocheter and every possible combination of materials used.