If you've your shopped for a large area rug, you know sticker shock—it's what happens when you read the tag for a runner and then one for its room-size counterpart. A clever solution? Gather two or more small rugs and stitch them together with a large needle and heavy-duty yarn, just as East Coast Creative did.
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10 Doable Designs for a DIY Rug
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Twist Up Some Tees
No need to run out to the store for your rug materials; instead, start by looking at the stockpile of clothes you've saved to donate. You can transform an excess of plain T-shirts into a DIYed rug by cutting them up into strips and using the slices as "yarn" in this crochet pattern from One Dog Woof.
Roll Out the Read Carpet
We may reach for the digital versions of our favorite reads these days, but there's still reason to stay grounded in the classics. Artist Pamela Paulsrud created this floor covering from the bindings of discarded books. Too timid to try rounding out the book covers in our own DIY? Adhering hardcovers to a foam mat with right angles will undoubtedly be the easier route!
Cut a Rug
For a crocheted look without learning the skill set, try your hands at a simpler weave. This project from Craft Passion is another designed to use only what you already have on hand: a set of old bed sheets and a cardboard structure to hold the ends of your fabric strips while you weave. Don't worry if your fabric supply is rather eclectic; the colors and patterns will blend together beautifully in the final product.
Know the Ropes
In the store, sisal and jute rugs can run a pretty penny. Sisal rope, on the other hand, is quite affordable—just dollars per 100-foot roll—and that's all you need to knit this beauty seen on Merry Pad. Once you get the hang of working with the oversized knitting needles, go ahead and put on a mini-marathon of your favorite shows while you knit the runner to the desired length.
Copy a Classic
On the occasion that you do find the perfect rug but it falls outside your budget, consider recreating the coveted design with a little fabric paint, just as Katie from Upcycled Treasures had. Just start with a plain, lower-cost rug or carpet remnant and stencil on your desired design to make it unrecognizable.
Ultimate Outdoor Rug
Garden lovers, take note: You can express your passion just outside your front door with a rubbish-turned-funky floor mat. Designer Mark Kintzel created the semi-circle rug by wrapping cut sections of a garden hose (new or used). Its durable plastic makes it easy to clean—you guessed it—by hosing it down.
What if we told you all you need to make a stylish and sturdy round rug is a whole lot of rope and glue? That's all that's used in this project from Seek Dare Love. On a flat surface, coil the rope around itself, using dabs of hot glue to secure it. Continue round and round until you've hit your desired width.
For more furnishings you can make yourself, consider: