Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tarnation Rectangle Rug

This easy-to-make crocheted rug is made from t-shirts that have been cut into tarn (T-shirt yARN) — a great way to recycle old cotton-knit garments and get a good-looking, high-use item in exchange. Machine washable and dryable, it’s an excellent rug for kitchen, bath, utility, or entry.

U.S. crochet terms

Skill Level Easy

Yarn 1/2”/1cm-width tarn made from 5-10 adult-sized t-shirts (Instructions for making tarn are included in the pattern.)

Schematic diagram included.

For a free .pdf of this pattern, click here:

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You can find tips and variations for this pattern in the following posts:
How to Make Tarn
Choosing Fabric for Tarn
Saving Your Hands and Arms When Using Tarn
Making the Print Show
Allover Print Tarn
Mending a Tarn Rug
Carmel Macchiato Tarnation Rug
Drip-Dry Tarnation Rug
Plarnation Rectangle Rug
Tarnation Kitchen Runner Rug

And another tarnation rug pattern
Tarnation Oval Rug


  1. I simply LOVE this! I am looking forward to the download. I will have to give it a shot. I have some scraps of fabric that are knit/cotton and not big enough to sew with, but I felt completely guilty throwing them away. I am thinking that I will have to use them for a recycle project like this.
    Do you put anything under the rugs to keep it from sliding around?

  2. Glad you like it... we don't put anything underneath it at our house. The crochet stitches make the rug a little grabbier than other types, so there's no need here. But we do have a rather humid climate, and the grout lines between the tiles help too. I think you could easily put one of those rubber rug gripper-liner things underneath.

  3. Love your tarn rug and thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I have bookmarked it and hope to try it one of these days soon.

  4. I love the pattern! Of course, I've recently donated all of the clothes that I would have been able to use to make it, but someday...

  5. Thank you for this pattern! I was looking for this and I found it. I love recycling and this will be perfect for my 2 dogs, who love to rub their faces on small rugs. Thanks again.

  6. My friend wants to make a rug and instead of waiting till she had all the t-shirts she bought a bunch of t-shirt material on sale. Does it matter which way we cut the material?

    1. If you have solid-color fabric, not allover print, it doesn't matter so much, how you cut it. Here's a quote from my tarn-making post:

      " When tarn is cut “across the grain," or horizontally across the t-shirt, its edges curl upward and inward, so that the wrong side of the fabric is mostly visible in the tarn. When cut "with the grain," or vertically on the t-shirt, tarn’s edges curl downward and inward, so that the right side of the fabric is mostly visible. The following steps [see links below] will yield tarn that is primarily cut across the grain. If there is print on the right side of the shirt, it will not show. There are ways to get around this: turning out the print, and the zigzag cut."



  7. Twenty years ago I used to do this with old pantihose. Great fun.