"Spring Cleaning" may sound a little cliche to some, but in my house it is an absolute reality! I have two dogs, two cats and a toddler so in reality I clean quite a bit more often, but when cabin fever sets in during the earliest weeks of spring I almost always find myself wanting to declutter, clean and update my decor with lighter and brighter colors.
One of my most favorite things about being able to crochet is the ability to update my decor with something I make for myself. In the fall and winter the updated decor is often a blanket, but in the spring and summer I really like to make smaller pieces and rugs are one of my absolute favorites! They are a relatively fast project, they transport easily while you are working on them, and they are such an easy way to bring something new to a room without investing a lot of time or money. PLUS-rugs in the store aren't cheap, so if you can make your own it's that much better!
Have you ever made your own rug? Here are 10 FREE crochet patterns to get you started :)
If you participated in my Fallen Arrows Blanket CAL last winter, you will definitely want to make this rug as well! Made with bulky cotton, it works up quickly and it is a great way to try out a C2C (corner to corner) crochet project. Get the free pattern along with video and photo tutorials here.
If you want a fast, single skein project-this is the rug for you! This uses basic stitches and one skein Bernat Home Bundle to make a modern and beautifully textured rug perfect for your bathroom or kitchen.
Mandala patterns are super hot trendy right now, so why not make a mandala rug for your home too! Made with t-shirt yarn, this rug would surely work up quickly. I love the circular shape of this rug also!
This cotton rug is available as a free download from Yarnspirations. The fun colorful polkadot pattern makes it perfect for any whimsical decor, baby's room, or bathroom. And cotton yarn will be on sale a lot in the coming months, so this would be a perfect project to use it for!
This vibrant and fun rug is the perfect summer reminder - PLAY! This pattern uses the new Lion Brand Fast Track yarn so it will work up quickly, and it will be durable enough for indoor OR outdoor use.
Tamara Kelly over at Moogly designed this spectacular and uniquely shaped honeycomb rug using a granny hexagon motif and Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn. She includes tips for making the rug in 3 different sizes and each one is a different shape! You could really get creative with this technique :) Check it out on Moogly here.
This is the perfect upcycling project if you are getting rid of old sheets! This free crochet pattern uses fabric strips to crochet a super chunky rag rug and has a video tutorial to help you get started. Get out the size Q hooks for this one!
Rugs + chunky yarn just make sense! And this one from Bethany at Whistle and Ivy is simple enough for any beginner. I'm in love with the mint and coral color combo she used in her pattern, but this rug would looks great even in solid colors!
This happy rug pattern is made with Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton. It is made with double strands and look at how fun those stitches look! I love that this rug has some texture while remaining nice and dense. It looks perfect for a kitchen to me!
Oh. my. goodness! My daughter would snuggle this kitty cat rug all day long! It is made with Bernat Blanket yarn, and I can speak from personal experience when I say that this yarn is easily washable and very durable. That makes it truly perfect (or purrrfect) for your little one's play room or bedroom.