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

How to Crochet a Doily Rug

The right rug just completely makes a space, don’t you think? I love to look through the rugs whenever we are out shopping.

I may love to look through them, but I don’t often buy them. A high quality rug can leave me with sticker shock! 

Being the frugal girl that I am, I have learned over the years that you can DIY all sorts of beautiful rugs! Post may contain affiliate links.

One type of rug I find absolutely beautiful are doily rugs. A quick search on Etsy, and you will find gorgeous handmade rugs as well as tons of patterns to make your own. 

The gorgeous rug patterns from Henna’s Boutique look perfect for a novice like me!

And this handmade rug from crochet it Mama is just jaw dropping!

You can create gorgeous vintage style rugs relatively quickly, and for much less than it would be to buy one in the store. These doily rugs look intricate, but the patterns are often quite simple! 

Don’t crochet yet? No worries! You can be crocheting away in just one afternoon by learning a few simple stitches.

I love the Annie’s Learn to Crochet Class for an easy to follow course that covers all the basics of crochet. It includes patterns for five fun beginner projects. They also have a course for lefties, as well as a course perfect for children and families.

You can purchase classes individually, or access them all for free with a trial of their Creative studio! They have craft classes on just about everything. I am loving it for all the cozy Fall and Winter project inspiration! Right now, I am working on the Autumn Hues Kitchen Rug!

For this rocking chair rug, I used clothesline. It is such an easy material to work with for doily rugs. It makes crochet rugs that are extremely durable, and affordable!

I made this crochet doily rug several years ago, and it is still looks brand new. Here it is sitting under the rocking chair in our 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 many rolls of clothesline.

This one from The Crafty Tipster is free, and makes a great rug! It is very easy, ideal for basic crocheters like myself. She really explains the directions well. There is also a tutorial for the “magic circle” used to start the doily. You can click through to her site to grab the pattern. You can also use any doily pattern that you like!


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 very 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 helpful for this project. I tried a smaller one first, and it was 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!

Do you have any DIY rug ideas to share? I’d love to hear about it!

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