Denim Rag Rug

On Monday, I read about a crocheted denim rug on Proverbs 31 Living which set me in motion.  I have been saving worn out jeans for quite some time and therefore have quite a stash of denim.  Couple that with the fact that for quite a while I have wanted to start making rugs but didn’t really know how to start.  So every spare minute I could find this week was spent ripping jeans and crocheting them into my first rug.

I am so happy about the results!  It was so much fun to make!

Since I ripped the strips rather than cutting them they had this fun white frayed edge on them.  In the pictures below I tried to illustrate how to attach the strips together.  First cut a slit at the end of both strips.  Lay the second strip on top of the first strip with the holes matching.  Then pull the end of the second strip up through the hole and pull it tight.

I just single crocheted around and around adding a few stitches on the round edges to make it lay flat.  The strips were about 1″ wide.  It took five pairs of jeans to make this rug which is 18″ x 27″.

I still have several pairs of jeans left.  I’m trying to decided between making another rug like this one or trying the “toothbrush” method.

I would love to get your feedback about rug making.  Have you made rugs before, what types?  What types of fabric did you use?  Is this something you would like to try sometime?



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9 Responses to Denim Rag Rug

  1. DL says:

    Your rug looks great! I make toothbrush rugs and have made them from denim, but also old knit dresses, leftover fabric and most often from thrift store sheets. I have found making round toothbrush rugs works best for me as they seem to be easier to start and take less concentration.


  2. michelle says:

    I just throw a way a bag of jeans. Now I am going to have to grab them back out so I can make this, I love the way your rug looks.

  3. Bonnie says:

    I just started trying to make my own rug yesterday. I am braiding leftover material from a quilt. I’m as anxious to learn as you are. Good luck with yours.

  4. Monique says:

    I have been wanting to do a rug nyself. Yours looks great. I now know what I am doing with all my old jeans.


  5. Abbi says:

    Your rug turned out great! Ripping the edges is a fun twist. I am so glad you had fun with it.

  6. Penny Norman says:

    You can also Make doilies, for lack of a better word, for your end tables and you can make place mats.

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