Crochet a Denim Rag Rug

Turn the legs of worn-out jeans into a hard-wearing rug thick enough to ease tired feet with this fun crochet project.

| Summer 2019

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I’m not a very experienced crocheter, but I’ve made a habit of saving old jeans until I have enough to crochet a rug. It’s a project that’s forgiving of mistakes, and it makes use of the perfectly fine fabric hiding in unwearable pants. My kitchen sports a denim rug just the right size to fit in front of the sink, and the perfect thickness to make long cooking marathons more comfortable. These instructions are more of a recipe than a pattern — because the materials are recycled, your rug will be a little different from mine.

For this project, don’t use jeans that are more hole than fabric, or those with stubborn stains or grease spots that won’t wash out.

Cutting Up the Jeans

You can compost the discarded cotton fabric if you have a compost bin or pile, or you can use it to stuff other home projects, such as cat and dog toys.



Step 1: Lay out a pair of jeans flat, and cut off each leg just below the crotch. Discard the top section. Remove the cuffs and discard them, too.

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