I was watching the Grammy Awards as I wrote this post, so I kinda felt like I should have wrote about how to Cut a Rug instead of Making a Rug! Although, I am one terrible dancer… like really bad, I have no rhythm, so I default to the sprinkler and shopping cart. If you want to see, well watch this video where we announced we had won our P&G gig- I apologize in advance.
(Bad Dancing starts at :36)
That’s crazytown isn’t it? And Jess was getting her spin on in that video. I think I counted 6 spins!
Anyhow, now that we’ve cut a rug, let’s talk about how you can make your own rug crazy inexpensively and easily!
During our Farmhouse Episode of Knock It Off, we knew we were making an insanely awesome farmhouse table and that it would need an equally cool rug, but we needed it to be almost 14 feet long. UGH! That would have blown almost all of our budget, so we needed to score one on like 90% clearance (not too likely) or DIY one.
I was out shopping at Kohl’s for some kids’ clothes and on an endcap were these small accent rag rugs. They weren’t close to the size we needed, but all the color drew me in and made me take a closer look. I checked out the tag and saw they were on deep clearance for 7 BUCKS EACH! I actually yelled in the store and looked around to find some stranger that I could share my excitement with. No one was around, but I did notice a small child run and hide behind a rack of clothes. Sorry Kid, this is the deal of the century! Immediately I knew that I needed to buy four of them and find a way to attach them together! I literally floated to the check out counter. I was on DIY Cloud 9.
How to Make Your Own DIY Rug
Here’s what materials you’ll need:
1 large plastic yarn stitching needle.
1 skein of heavy duty yarn (ask what will work for heavy traffic) .
Step 1- Get some rag rugs
So, if you don’t have a crazy Kohl’s experience like I did- no worries. You can pick up rag rugs many places. Our dollar store has really small ones, you can get them at Homegoods, and lots of other places. Rag rugs work best for this process because we’re going to stitch through the strands. Do a little math to figure out how big you want your final rug and how many small ones you’ll need to combine to get that size. I needed 4 total rugs.
Step 2- Arrange your layout
Lay out your rugs on a flat surface and line up the edges to form a seam.
Step 3- Thread Your Needle
We used a plastic needle intended for yarn. The plastic is important because it was pliable and we could bend it a bit as we stitched. We also picked a pretty neutral color that would just disappear into the rug- you actually don’t notice the seam at all!
Step 4- Stitch Your Seams
Now, you guys know I don’t sew very much, but this was so simple. I just started at one end, on the underside and looped over and under, combining the two together. I’m sure there’s a name for this stitch, but just remember over under, over under. Continue along all the seams and just tie a knot on the underside whenever you reach an end.
That’s it! That’s all there is to it. I told you it was crazy simple!
Look how awesome it looks paired with the dining room table we made.
If you missed the world’s coolest IKEA hack- our farmhouse table- check out the tutorial here
This project was part of one of our Knock It Off episodes and you can watch it online HERE.
So, how many of you are running to Kohl’s to look for rag rugs? You might see me there. I’m the one cheering in the aisles scaring young children!