The Sunburst Crochet Rug made of T-shirt Yarn

I always try to find new projects where I can reuse or repurpose things I already have at home. Last spring, I found a couple of old fitted-sheets that were lying around my apartment… waiting for me to give them a second life.

So, I decided to used them to make my own t-shirt yarn out of old sheets. 

First, I cut out all the elastic that was around the edge, I placed it flat and with a measuring tape I cut stripes of about 3,5cm (1,5 inch) width.

If you need more visual help, there’re lots of tutorials you can find on youtube and on pinterest that explain in more detail!


The Sunburst Crochet Rug


The diameter is approximately 62cm.


  • 700 – 900 gr approx. of t-shirt yarn. You can buy this already cut in big bobbins, or try to make your own by using old sheets, t-shirts or rest of fabrics that you don’t use anymore.
  • Crochet hook 10 – 12 mm,

Abbreviations (US terms)

beg: beginning

ch: chain

st(s): stitch(es) 

sc: single crochet

dc: double crochet

ss: slip stitch

dc tg: 3 double crochets finished together

pic: picot (make 3ch and ss in the 1st ch)


Start with a magic ring, or if you prefer chain 5 and slip stitch in the first st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch3 (count as first dc) 11 dc, close the ring and ss in the 3rd ch.  «12dc»

Round 2: ch 2,  *1sc + 1ch* in the next st, repeat * 10 times, ss in the 1rst ch.  «12sc + 1ch»

Round 3: ch 2, 2dc in the 1ch space (of the round below) + 2ch, *3dc tg + 2ch*, repeat *10 times and ss in the 2nd ch from the beg. «12 3dc tg»

Round 4: ch 3, 3dc in the 2ch space (of the round bellow), *4dc in the next 2ch space*, repeat * 10 times and ss in the 3rd ch from beg. «48dc»

Round 5: ch 3, 1dc + 1ch in the next st, *1dc in the next 2 sts + 1ch*, repeat * 22 times and ss in the 3rd ch from beg. «24 2dc + 1ch»

Round 6: ch3, 1dc in every dc and 1ch space of the last round, ss in the 3rd ch of beg «72dc»

Round 7: ch3, 1 dc in the same 1rst st, *1dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in the same st*, repeat * 6 times, 2 dc in the same st, repeat * 7 times, ss in the 3rd ch from beg. «88dc in total»

— Optional: You can change the color here for the edge —

Round 8: ch1 (count as 1rst sc), 1sc in every st, ss to the 1rst st. «88sc»

Round 9: ch 3 (the 1rst ch count as the 1sc), jump 1 st and in the next one make 4 db tog + 1 pic + 2ch, *jump 1 st and make 1sc + 2ch in the next st, jump 1st and make  4 db tog + 1 pic + 2ch*, repeat this* until you finish the round, slip sticth in the 1ch from the beginning.   «22 motifs, picots»

Finishing: Cut the yarn and hide the ends between the stitches in the wrong side. If is too difficult, you can cut the end short (like 2 cm) and sew it by hand (with a matching threat) in the back of the last stitch, it  will secure it and won’t move.

The Sunburst Rug DIY

And voilà, you just finished your new crochet rug out of !

This is the perfect project for a weekend.

I hope you enjoyed making your own Sunburst Rug. I will be delighted to see your final projects on Instagram with the hashtag #fiorelila.

If you have any questions about this pattern, please send me a message to: [email protected].

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Happy crochet !


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