How to Crochet a Denim Throw Rug from Recycled Jeans
Here’s a crochet pattern for a simple throw rug made from several pairs of old jeans. If you’d like a larger size rug, increase the stitches in the foundation row, work more rows, and cut strips from more pairs of jeans.
Materials and vital statistics
- 3–4 pairs of jeans, depending on size
- Hook: Crochet hook size Q U.S. (15.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
- Measurements: 30 in. x 17 in.
- Gauge: 4 sts and 4 rows sc = 4 in.
- Stitches used: Chain stitch (ch), single crochet (sc)
Cut the strips for this project into approximately 1 inch in width. This is a rare case where gauge isn’t critical, so a bit of variation is okay.
You can cut fabric into strips for crochet in several ways. The most basic way is to simply cut the fabric into equal-sized strips and then knot, sew, or loop them together into one long, continuous strand. If you’d prefer not to join the fabric strips, follow this method:
- Beginning with the short end of a twin-size sheet facing you, make a cut 1 inch in from the longest edge of the sheet.
- Cut or tear the fabric, maintaining about a 1-inch width down the length of the sheet until 1 inch of fabric remains at the end; then stop.
- Working in the opposite direction, make a cut 1 inch over from the last cut edge. Cut or tear the fabric in about a 1-inch width back across the length of the sheet until 1 inch remains; stop.
- Repeat Step 3 until you’ve made a zigzag cut of 1-inch wide strips across the width of the sheet.
- Starting at either the beginning or the end of your cut, wind the fabric strip in the same way you would a ball of yarn.
After you’ve cut all the strips, roll them into a ball, and you’re ready to go.
Foundation ch: Ch 31.
Row 1 (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across (30 sc), turn.
Rows 2–18: Ch 1, sc in each sc across (30 sc), turn.
Fasten off after Row 18.