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20+ Crafty Rugs & Mats To Make

Here’s a fun mix of mats and rugs you can make for your kitchen, bathroom and anywhere else you like…some are even nice and plushy for tender tootsies! You’ll find patterns and tutorials for knitting, crochet and sewing so something here for everyone. A few projects have been previously featured on Tipnut and moved here for better organization, plenty of new stuff too!


Braided Rags [1]: Made by braiding strips of old sheets and sewing together.

Chevron [2]: Made with 2 sets of 5 colors of fabric (8″ to 10″ wide and 3 meters long). Braided together with a “Friendship Bracelet” technique.



Toothbrush Technique [3]: Step-by-step tutorial showing how to make an easy rag-rug using an old toothbrush.

T-shirt Latch Hook [4]: Made with strips of old t-shirts and latch hook canvas.



Rag Bath Mat [5]: Knitting pattern with a center cable design. This is made from strips of cotton sheets.

Recycled [6]: Sewing tutorial. Made with an old towel and about a yard of fabric.



Braided Doormat [7]: Advises that you first practice the braid by making a miniature version of the mat with thinner rope.

Made With A Coffee Bag [8]: With a bit of clever cutting, thread pulling and finishing off the edges (with a serger), the bag is transformed into a lovely kitchen rug.



Kitchen Tea Towel [9]: Made with a tea towel, ric rac and backed with an old kitchen mat.

Rag Doily [10]: Via free pdf download. Made with strips of bed sheeting.



Knit [11]: Free pattern download via pdf. The finished rug is approximately 2 x 3 feet.

Patchwork [12]: Made with quilting weight cotton & linen for the front, a heavier weight fabric for the back and lined with quilt batting.



Recycled [13]: Lovely patchwork mat backed by a terry towel.

DIY Pebble [14]: Made by gluing river rocks to a rubber door mat.



Chevron [15]: Made with fabric, dropcloth and rug gripper.

Crocheted Medallion [16]: Quick tutorial showing how to turn a vintage doily or potholder pattern can be made into a bath rug.



Quatrefoil Design [17]: Made with a scrap piece of vinyl flooring, cotton duck cloth, Gesso, acrylic paint, polyurethane (gloss finish) and spray glue. Design available via free pdf download.

Rag Shag [18]: (Hook Rug pattern) Made with strips of assorted fabric and burlap, instructions for making a wood frame to work on is included. Free pdf download.



Stenciled [19]: Make paper stencils using your favorite computer font then use paint to stencil words like “Welcome” or “Joy”, “Last Name”, etc., on ready made mats.

Modern Makeover [20]: Design a pattern on paper then use as a stencil (spray adhesive is used to keep in place) then use spray paint to transfer design to mat.



Patchwork [21]: Made with 40 5″ squares of fabric (charm pack), backing fabric, batting and binding fabric.

Tri-Color [22]: Free knitting pattern, worked on circular needles and measures approximately 13 1/2″ x 29 1/2″ when completed.



Knit [23]: Worked on circular needles and made with strips of fabric cut from old t-shirts (7 large).