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Easy Macrame Pot Scrubby DIY

Ditch the store bought sponges and make your own DIY macrame pot scrubby. Made with natural fiber, it is non-abrasive and easily cleans your pots and pans and just about anything else you want to use it on.

macrame pot scrubby laying next to a turquoise cooking pot

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of spending money on scrubby sponges. They are expensive, and the smell they get as they get old…ewwww.

A friend of mine suggested I macrame one. Well why the heck not? First things first, I googled natural fiber that I could use to macrame a kitchen scrubby.

Jute and hemp rope seemed to be the most popular choice, so I settled on jute. I was a little nervous about it shedding, but let me put your mind at ease. It doesn’t! Yes, I was amazed too, because if it had shed, it would have been a wasted project and I would have had to look for a man made alternative.


roll of jute rope and a pair of gold handled scissors

New to the art of macrame? Learn to macrame with these 4 basic macrame knots. Make this macrame plant hanger for beginners, these macrame coasters, or this wall hanging with feathers!

Let’s make a macrame pot scrubby

Step 1. Cut and tie your strings onto a wooden dowel rod.

Cut 12- 5′ pieces of jute and tie them to a wooden dowel using a lark’s head knot.

This will give you 24 strings that are 2 1/2′ feet long.

12 jute strings tied to a wooden dowel using a lark's head knot

Step 2. Create the macrame pot scrubby

Using the first string on the left side as your working chord, tie double hitch knots all the way across.

Make sure to pull them tight and up close to the lark’s head knots.

double half hitch knots tied across the dowel rod of jute string

Starting on the left side, take the first four strings and tie them with a square knot. Continue adding square knots all the way across.

square knots tied with jute string

For the third row, skip two strings then tie square knots all the way across. You will end up with two strings on the end.

jute string with square knots

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have nine rows of square knots.

You can do more if you want your scrubby to be bigger.

Jute string macrame to a wooden dowel using square knots

Using the first string on the left side as your working string, tie double half hitch knots onto it with the other strings. All the way across.

After you tie the last string on the right side, tie that string with a simple knot to keep it from unraveling.

This will tie off your macrame pot scrubby.

Macrame pot scrubby tied to a wooden dowel rod with square knots and double half hitch knots at the bottom

Step 3. Remove the dowel rod and finish your kitchen scrubby

Pull out the wooden dowel rod.

macrame pot scrubby with wooden dowel rod removed

Uncurl the strings and cut through, leaving one string to use to hang your scrubby.

Trim fringe on both ends as short as you would like. I cut mine really short to minimize shedding. It doesn’t shed, which is wonderful!

finished macrame pot scrubby made with jute string

That’s it! You’re ready for dish duty!

I am happy to report that after a week of use, it is still not shedding. It dries easily even if left laying on the sink and no odor!

macrame pot scrubby inside a clear glass coffee mug
macrame pot scrubby laying next to 3 turquoise colored pans


The jute string did plump up and soften just a bit, so I recommend not tying the rows of square knots as close together as I did. Making sure that it can dry easily and quickly is key to keeping the odor from happening.

Do not apply dish soap directly to the scrubby. It will hold soap and take a long time to rinse out. However, using in soapy water works and it doesn’t hold the soap.

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3 pans and macrame pot scrubby image to pin to Pinterest

Happy Knotting!



Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

I love this project. Great idea!

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Thanks Shannon!!