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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…

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