Crafts Made from Recycled Bedspreads

Bedspreads such as chenille spreads lend themselves to being used for craft projects. Whether you are making a rug, handbag, or holiday decoration, a bedspread can be the perfect material for your craft. This is a guide about crafts made from recycled bedspreads.

August 10, 2010 Flag
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This is a rug made from a queen size bedspread that I found for $2 at the thrift store. The bedspread had bleach stain spots on it, but as you can see, they aren't visible in the rug.

Approximate Time: Three days



  1. Begin with a freshly laundered bedspread. Using scissors, begin at one end and cut one continuous 2 inch wide strip, until the entire bedspread is cut up.
  2. Roll the long fabric strip into a ball as you cut to keep it from getting tangled.
  3. The most time consuming part is the cutting!
  4. The bedspread fabric was quite thick, so I thought the stitching would be easier and last longer with some old kite string I had in my craft supplies. I just used a large crochet hook and did the basic chain stitch for the entire length of the cut fabric and rolled it into a ball as I chain stitched it.
  5. Once the chain stitching was complete, I threaded the yarn needle with kite string and began lacing the stitches together the same way a braided rug is stitched.
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  7. The stitching goes a bit under the topside stitch on one side, then under the topside of the stitch on the opposite side.
  8. If this sounds confusing, look at a braided rug and check the stitching. It will make more sense to you then. In fact, that's how I decided the kite string would be hidden.
  9. This rug isn't an area rug size, but just the right size to go at the foot of my bed. If a larger rug is desired, just use two bedspreads.

By Monica from Cortez, CO

August 11, 20100 found this helpful

WOW again - I love it.

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August 11, 20100 found this helpful

I'm loving the idea, but think I might cut 1 to 1 1/2 inch strips, chain about 25 and single crochet the rug, any suggestions?

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

I am so sorry. At first glance at this project, I didn't see any good directions. I said I didn't like it under those circumstances. I don't know if I can change my dislike to a like. Can you? I really do love this project and I think that I could make one easily with your instructions. I hope you can find out how to fix my stupid comment. I would rather have you win. Again, I am sorry, your project should be the winner.


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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Wow, it's beautiful! What a lovely way to recycle. I don't know how to crochet but that can be learned, creativity on the other hand is much harder! Thanks for posting this. :)

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August 18, 20100 found this helpful

Wow, this is awesome! Now I'm inspired!

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August 27, 20100 found this helpful

I made one of these in the 80's and it was the start of my carpal tunnel syndrome! Don't make too many of them!

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August 28, 20100 found this helpful

You did mahhhbvalous dahlink. Great looking rug and a great way to make on the cheap. Good to make with flannel sheets etc for beside a kids bed.

Would you really be able to do this as a single crochet as suggested above or might you end up with an awkward bowl when your done due to the weight and size??

I don't know but it would be super to have someone tell us, if they have done so on this size.

**Just be sure to put some of that stuff underneath that stops an area rug for taking you on a slide!

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February 8, 20120 found this helpful

I've tried this a couple times and can't seem to get it to lie flat. It wants to "cup" up. Do you have any suggestions to remedy this problem? Yours is beautiful.

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October 6, 20130 found this helpful

I have a queen sized tapestry and I need a rug. I am very busy with 2 small children and full time school. Can this be hired done? Thank you in advance. Deb

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April 16, 20150 found this helpful

June 13, 2008 Flag
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I bought a printed, ruffled bedspread, which I suspect is about 40 years old, for $1 at the thrift shop. In good shape, it was a little faded, which made me not want to use it on the bed, but gave it a sort of "vintage" patina. I took it apart and made several matching items to perk up my bedroom.

Various projects.

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February 5, 2012 Flag

What better way to give your home a touch of spring than with a bed spring bunny. This bunny head is made using an old chenille bedspread, a recycled bed spring, and a few other odds and ends you probably already have in your craft supplies. The finished bunny stands 11 inches tall.

Completed bed spring bunny.

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August 21, 2007 Flag
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If you have any of those old chenille bedspreads around, put it to good use and make a handbag. I made this one to show off the pink center in the daisy. That part is the flap of the bag. Then on the other side I put on a pocket to hold my sunglasses and phone.

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August 21, 20070 found this helpful

Elaine, this is a good idea...and you did

a lovely job making your bag. Now, I want one. :)

Julia in Orlando, FL

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August 21, 20070 found this helpful

That is very pretty, I like it a lot! You are very creative!:)

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August 22, 20070 found this helpful

Can you give us the pattern for your handbag? Thanks!

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