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Easy DIY Rug Tutorial

I was strolling through Walmart the other day looking for some creative inspiration. It hit in their new dollar section! Do you know the section I mean? I think it is supposed to compete with Target’s Dollar Spot. However, I’m pretty sure our Walmart doesn’t fully grasp the concept! They just open up the boxes and stick them on the shelf!!

Regardless, I stumbled upon these cute rubber backed floor mats. They were only $5 each, and as soon as I saw them I knew we could easily spiff them up to make them even cuter and something a little more one of a kind.

These rugs were 18″x30″, but you can use any size rug that you want. You can even use a rug that you already have. Maybe it just needs a little makeover! You can also use any type of rug. As long as you can hot glue some fabric onto the back, it will work fine.

For the first rug makeover you are going to need fabric of your choice (you could also use ribbon if you wanted), scissors or a rotary cutter, glue gun, and extra glue sticks.

How much fabric you need and the size of your fabric strips depends on the size of your rug and the look that you want. I began with a 9″x20″ piece of fabric that I cut into 1″ strips. For my rug, I used 44 strips on each short end of the rug.

After you have all of the strips cut, you will begin to know each strip. Place the knot approximately 1/4 to 2/3 of the way down the fabric. You don’t have to be exact because we can even everything out at the end. This part can be a little tedious, so grab a cup of cocoa and watch a good Christmas movie while you knot those fabric strips!

Once you have all of the strips knotted, it is time to begin attaching them to the back of the rug. Before you glue anything down, lay a few of them out to get an idea of how closely you want them placed. I ended up putting my pretty close together. Two important things to remember before you start gluing down the fabric.

1. Make sure the right side of the fabric is facing down. You are looking at the back of the rug so you should also be looking at the back of the fabric.

2. Line up the knots right next to the edge of the rug. If the knots are underneath the mat, it won’t lay flat.

Now start gluing down the strips. Make sure to add enough glue to keep the fabric secure. Once you are done with that side, begin working on the opposite side. Work you way around the rug if you are doing all four sides.

Voila! You are done and you have a really cute one of a kind rug!

But wait! If the fringy, raglan look isn’t your style, the next design just might be more to your liking.

This time we are going to make a ruffle to go around the rug. I cut the fabric into roughly 5″x20″ strips. I needed 4 fabric strips because I just added the ruffles to each end of the rug. The fold the strips in half wrong sides together.

Sew a simple gathering stitch a mere 1/4″ from the raw edge of the fabric. Once all of the strips have been sewn, you can begin gathering. How tightly you gather the fabric will depend on the look that you like and how much fabric you have. Work with it until you achieve the look that you like.

Then you just begin gluing the fabric down. After you finish adhering one piece of fabric, just overlap the next piece on top of it and keep working until the rug is finished.

That’s it! This look is a little cleaner and more refined. As you can see, the rugs that I am using can be indoor or outdoor. There are so many options and variations that you can do with this idea. If you try this idea, I would love to see it! Also, let me know which look you like better.

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  1. I’ve never seen a rug being made as a DIY, and it looks so easy to do! Thank you for the inspiration – this year, I’d like to try repurposing and doing more and more at home in terms of arts and crafts, and I’ve always been afraid it would be too difficult. Thanks for showing me it’s not that hard, just a bit technical. I’ll try making just a small one, like something to make for under my plates for the dinner table!

    1. That’s a great idea! Start small to get the feel for how a craft works. Pretty soon you will be doing all kinds of repurposing crafts!

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