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Use old sheets to crochet a rag rug.
crafty living

Turn sheets into rag rug

Having just graduated college in May 2011, some of the remnants of my college years were a few sets of sheets I bought on the cheap to get me through my college apartments.

When I realized how amazing higher thread count sheets could feel, I almost tossed those old, scratchy sets.

Then, I realized I could make a rag rug.

A lot of ripping and the most simple crochet stitch can get you a brand-new rug to spruce up any space.

What you need:

•Sheets – For my rug, I used an entire flat sheet and part of a fitted double sheet set and about half of one queen flat sheet. My finished product is about 31 inches across. Obviously, use more or less to get your desired size in a finished product.


•Large crochet hook; I used a P

What you do:

Cut the sewn seams off of all four sides of the sheets. Try to keep it neat and straight. (If you prefer, you can uses a rotary cutter and cutting mat instead of scissors.)

Starting at whatever corner you choose, use your scissors to snip a slit about one inch from the edge of your sheet to get your ripping started.

Starting at your cut, rip all the way to the other edge of the sheet, but don’t tear the whole strip off.

I found that instead of ripping strips then tying them together, you can stop about a half an inch from the edge of the sheet, then snip one inch away from where you stopped ripping and tear the next strip from there so that you’re working with one long strip made from the whole sheet. You may find, as you’re crocheting, you get those little corners to stick up, but I just came back later and snipped all of them off easily.

Once you get your sheet all ripped up, you can roll it into a ball or just get crocheting.

Using your crochet hook, chain 3. Join to first chain to make a ring.

Single crochet 5 times into the ring and chain 1

Round 1: 1 SC into first stitch, 2 SC in next stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rnd 2: 1 SC into next 2 stitches, 2 SC in 3rd stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rnd 3: 1 SC into next 3 stitches, 2 SC in 4th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 5-7: 1 SC into next 4 stitches, 2 SC in 5th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 8-10: 1 SC into next 5 stitches, 2 SC in 6th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 10-12: 1 SC into next 6 stitches, 2 SC in 7th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 13-15: 1 SC into next 7 stitches, 2 SC in 8th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 16-18: 1 SC into next 8 stitches, 2 SC in 9th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 19-21: 1 SC into next 9 stitches, 2 SC in 10th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 22-24: 1 SC into next 10 stitches, 2 SC in 11th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 25-27: 1 SC into next 11 stitches, 2 SC in 12th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Rows 28-30: 1 SC into next 12 stitches, 2 SC in 13th stitch. Repeat around. Chain 1.

Keep increasing as you go around, depending on how large you want your rug to be, continuing the same pattern.

Tie off the end and enjoy your rug.

Alicia Tharp is a crafter and copy editor for The Journal Gazette. Regular Crafty Living columnist Joyce McCartney can be reached at 461-8364 or email Also, read Joyce’s blog at There, you will also find the weekly knitting podcast Math4Knitters.