How to Crochet a Doily Rug with Clothesline, Easy Crochet Rug Pattern

How to Crochet a Doily Rug

Rugs are a favorite crochet project of mine because you can create a gorgeous vintage style rug relatively quickly, and for much less than it would be to buy one in the store. Post may contain affiliate links.

Clothesline makes rugs that are durable and affordable. This crochet doily rug was made several years ago and it is still looks great. Here it is sitting under the rocking chair in my son’s bedroom.

Crochet Doily Rug

I searched around to find a great doily pattern to adapt into a rug. I wanted there to be some open spaces in the doily so I wouldn’t have to buy too much clothesline.

This one from The Crafty Tipster was love at first sight! It is easy, perfect for crocheters like myself. She really explains the directions well. There is even a tutorial for the “magic circle” used to start the doily. It is linked in her directions below.


To create this doily rug, you need only a few supplies.

  • 200ft Clothesline– 200 feet length is best so you have less joins to sew, but any length will work. I needed three of these for my entire doily rug,
  • Size Q crochet hook– this giant hook worked like a charm.
  • A needle and white thread-for joining the rope together as needed

The rug comes together quickly. Once the rug became bulky in my lap, I moved to the floor to crochet it easier. A big size Q hook was so necessary for me. I tried a smaller one first; it was super hard on my fingers!

When you get to the end of each pack of clothesline, connect the ends together with a needle and thread. If an end was frayed, I used a lighter for a split second to make it clean.

Sewing clothesline together

Doily Rug Completed

Working on large scale crochet projects is so instantly gratifying. I would like to make a giant rug for our living room soon.

Have you ever crocheted a rug? I’d love to hear about it!



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