Crochet a T-Shirt Yarn Rug

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When I was planning Little B’s room makeover, I knew we needed a brightly coloured rainbow rug somewhere in the mix. Rather than buying one, I decided to make one! Using some knit jersey fabric and some creativity, I came up with this fun and unique crochet t-shirt yarn rainbow rug.

DIY Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Rug Tutorial Video

DIY Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Rug Tutorial Video

Want to make one for your own space? It’s such a fun project! Here’s how:

Materials (for an approximately 27″ x 50″ rug):


Chain 40 with your first desired colour of tshirt yarn.

Turn your work, chain one, and then single crochet into the next chain. SC into each chain stitch until you reach the end of the row.

Turn your work, chain one, and then SC into each SC stitch below until you reach the end of the row.

Continue as above, changing your yarn colour as you wish to create stripes. To change your yarn, cut your the current yarn colour about 6″ from your work. Begin crocheting with the new colour, leaving a 6″ tail.

For my rug, I made random sized stripes but you could make them all the same height or create a pattern.

Once you’ve reached the length that you want your rug to be, finish off the final row, cut the yarn about 6″ from your work, and then pull this tail of yarn through your final loop.

Finally, weave all of the loose tails of yarn into your work with your crochet hook.

This yarn makes a very thick rug that will wash wonderfully in a machine.

Want to see a video tutorial on how to make this rug? Watch here:

And, in case you missed it, here’s the magical way I make t-shirt yarn from knit jersey fabric that I posted on my YouTube channel last week:

Special thanks to for supplying me with the gorgeous knit jersey fabric for this project. It was the perfect material for our special rainbow rug and I always love ordering from!

Happy crocheting!

DIY Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Rug Tutorial Video

DIY Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Rug Tutorial Video

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  1. Love how your rug came out. Since I do a lot of refashions, I always have scraps of t-shirt fabric laying around. I was pondering the idea of crocheting or making some kind of rug to use them all up, but I can’t figure out how to lay out all the colors so it doesn’t look like a jumbled mess lol.

    1. Thank you, June. Using scraps is one of Christina’s favourite DIY’s. Try picking 3 colours and keeping it consistent with those colours when you up your project together 🙂

  2. Hi your rug is lovely. You say 12 yards of yarn? That doesn’t seem very much for the size of rug you mad. Is it a misprint?

  3. I am watching the video. When you say “turn your work” it doesn’t look like you are physically flipping the rug. I can’t figure out what you are doing with the hook. Can you help?

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