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Nov 1, 2012

how to make a rug...

I've been on the search for rugs. I've had a rug in mind for my mudroom, I just hadn't found it yet. 

I know, it's a problem...

I wanted something with geometric shapes, no flowers or foliage. It also had to match the color on the walls. I was in the rug section of Target the other day and I found this...


It was perfect except for one thing. It was 1 foot 8 inches by 2 feet 10 inches. I started laying them out on the floor and had a light bulb moment. The rugs were all perfectly symmetrical. What if I pieced them together and built my own rug? 

I laid three rugs together and had a finished size of 2 feet 10 inches by 5 ft, for a total of $66! My mudroom is not the biggest so a rug of this size fits perfectly and this size is not sold in stores!


I started out by picking up some upholstery thread and a curved upholstery needle. It's nice that someone thought to invent these. It made the whole job a lot easier. 



I laid the three rugs out and made sure they lined up. Many people just put rugs together by duct taping the backs of them. This would work in some rooms and in some homes, but not in mine. My six year old has a habit of making grand entrances and exits. The rug would not last five minutes.

After flipping two of the rugs over I began stitching. The rugs had a border of fabric along the back which was perfect to anchor each stitch to. You could also use contrasting thread to really stand out or use a background color to blend in. I went for the blending in option. 


Each seam took me about 15 minutes to sew. Since my work was not going to show at all I didn't have to be too neat about it.




Once I flipped the rug back over I had this. The rugs have a looped pile so they blend pretty seamlessly. At $66 I'm not complaining!



 I finished up the last seam and had my new rug...



The mudroom is being worked on but I have some projects coming up to make it a functional and inviting room. It is a well used space since it connects to our garage. I'm hoping the rug helps keep the shoes in their designated places. I'll keep you posted on that one...


TDC Before and After

15 comments:

  1. What a smart idea! I never would have thought of this. I'll keep this in mind if I get in the same position of area rug trouble for the house. I'll be having to look for multiple area rugs soon for different rooms of the house :)

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  2. Wow! They look amazing, way to go! Will definitely be trying this.

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  3. You can also use what carpet installers use on wall to wall carpet it is a heat bond product You iron it together

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  4. Great idea! I like the idea of trying it with the heat bond product too!

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  5. Clever! My mom has a duct-tape version in one of her bedrooms, but I like this better I think. Stephanie

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  6. Oh my goodness, that is brilliant!!! Love those rugs, too!

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  7. I love your idea!!! I actually saw this rug at Target and was so bummed that it didn't come in a bigger size! I love it! Btw, I found you from Thrifty Decor Chick! I love finding new fun blogs to add to my reader! ;)

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  8. Smart!! I love this! What a cute rug, too. Watch out - Target will be sold out of these rugs in no time thanks to your brilliant idea!

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  9. Um, you are a genius. I would have never in a million years have thought of that. Seriously so awesome! And I am loving that rug to the max. It's gorgeous. Glad you found a way to make it work! Woo!

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  10. What a brilliant idea! I've never seen this done before but so willing to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!!

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  11. Brilliant! Love the look of the rugs!

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  12. It looks great. Can't believe they lined up so well. Nice job! Found you through a link party. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I've been looking for 2x5 and can't find them either. Great solution!

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  14. Target should give you a kick-back for this idea.

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  15. Brilliant! Once, when we were in college, my husband also worked part time at a furniture store...they let him collect rectangular carpet samples to bring home. I kept all the blue and green ones, some hi, some low, mapped out the entire room, did the duct tape thing, and voila! Our baby's room had wall to wall carpet! It lasted the whole 5 years we were in that apartment!

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