How to get cloth in Rust

Updated on January 20th, 2018 at 08:35 pm

The ability to quickly get cloth in Rust is incredibly important. Since cloth is used for so many important early game items, like clothing and bows, it’s a much desired resource. The good news is that you don’t have to make cloth in Rust – you harvest it. And harvesting it is actually quite easy, once you know how.

So without further ado, here are all the ways to get cloth in Rust:

Method 1: Harvest hemp plants (quickest)

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Hello, 10 cloth

At your stage in the game, this is going to be your best bet for getting cloth. To get it, wander around a bit till you come across a plant that looks like the one pictured above. Then, just hit the “interact” key (e by default) on the plant to harvest cloth. Wondering where to find cloth in Rust? The key is to make sure you are in the right climate. Really all this means is don’t look for hemp in a snowy climate. Everywhere else you are good to go.

Pro tip – You can save yourself a lot of trouble by farming hemp plants. You can do that by placing hemp seeds directly on the ground or if you are smart, in a planter box on your roof. Plant them, give them a bit of water and voila, easy cloth.

One thing you have to pay attention to though, as you harvest planted hemp plants, is the size of the plant you are harvesting. For example – if you harvest a small hemp plant, it only gives you a small amount of cloth, say around ~2. But if you harvest a fully grown one, you get the full amount of 10 cloth. So that’s something to be aware of as you hunt for cloth. To help you out, here’s a few pictures of hemp plants ranging from tiny to fully grown:

Method 2: Kill an animal

Yes, killing animals gives you cloth. Don’t ask me how, it just does. Here is a list of animals you can kill in order of amount of cloth received: Bear (50), Wolf (35), Deer (25), Horse (25), Boar (10), Chicken (5-6). Fair warning – don’t try to kill a bear with anything less than a bow.

Fun fact – You can actually turn cloth into leather by putting it into a furnace (plus some fuel like wood).

Ok, so you’ve managed to kill an animal, but you’re not sure how to harvest cloth from it’s body? Don’t worry, it’s easy. Just hit the body with a tool. It can be anything from the rock you start out with to a hatchet. You’ll know you’re doing it right when you see items being added to your inventory in the bottom right of your screen.

Method 3: Recycle items

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The recycler at the lighthouse monument

Recycling items is a great, albeit dangerous, way of getting cloth. Pretty much all you have to do is run up to a recycler, put your items in there and turn it on. It will then spit out cloth (along with other resources).

First things first though – you have to locate a recycler. Unfortunately, they can’t be crafted so you have to find them at places called “Monuments”. Typically these are special buildings or areas on the map like lighthouses, shipwrecks, etc. This is a good list of them. Be careful when you use them though as they make a lot of noise and will attract hostile players looking to steal your loot.

If you are wondering what items to bring to recycle, here are all the items that produce cloth (in order of amount of cloth produced): Tarp (50), Rope (15), Sewing Kit (10), Survey Charge (3), Timed Explosive Charge (3).

Method 4: Kill people and take their cloth

If you had trouble with any of the previous three methods, you might want to skip this one. If you’re the salty type though, taking resources from others is always a pretty decent option. Just be careful and only strike when you have the element of surprise. Overall though, being aggressive when you are just starting out is not a winning strategy.


And that is our end all be all guide on how to get cloth in Rust. Liked the guide? Let us know in the comments. Have an idea for improvement? Comments work for that as well.

If you enjoyed this guide, be sure to check our others in the series (“How to get stone in Rust”, “How to get metal fragments in Rust”) as well as our beginner’s guide to Rust.

As always, Rust still being a game in development means things change all the time. If anything stated is incorrect, please let us know in the comments so we can get it fixed.