DIY area rug.

$20 Area Rag Rug Tutorial (DIY Area Rug)

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Yep, you heard it right. I spent $20 on this baby. And you can too.

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Small area rugs are cheap. I paid $1.99 a piece for them at the big box
home improvement store.
These measured about 3feet by 2feet.
I used 10.
So, 10 rag rugs cost me $20 and my finished rug is 6 by 10.
I used upholstery thread because it is strong. I wanted this rug to be sturdy and
withstand vacuuming and such. I also wanted to be able to use a needle to thread
it through the rug with. So…upholstery thread is the perfect solution.

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I did 2 rows with 5 rugs in each row. (there is a picture below that shows
that better)
I also overlapped it a bit so it didn’t pull and gap after it was knotted.
This was a good move and I would suggest it!

step2

I pulled the thread through, cut the length needed for knotting…and did it again.
I did this again and again until my thread was gone.
Then…I went back and knotted. It was much faster that way!

tip

Rag rugs are cheap because they aren’t terribly perfect . Perfect for the budget.
Not so great for perfect symmetry.
I made sure that one side was perfectly straight so it could be attached to the next row.
But, the outer side was uneven. It has character and looks authentic.

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The corners need a bit of special attention. A couple of knots running
across the corners is a good idea.

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Now, I am still working on this room for revealing at the party on Thursday.
So, you see the rug…and a bit of sneaky other things.
But…the rug…it’s lovely! It looks inviting, traditional, and fun.
I love that I can swap out rugs when one gets dirty.
And I love…the price!!!
Seriously!
This rug took me about 90 minutes…not bad!

Okay…now it’s your turn.
You got the steps.
Create any size rug you want.
Do you need one as big as mine? More rugs and time.
Maybe you have just been wanting a runner…less rugs, less time.
Whatever you want…get to it!

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15 Comments

  1. Shelley
    March 29, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Which big box store did you buy them at?

    • Nellie
      Author
      March 30, 2016 / 9:00 am

      These are from Menards. But, I have seen them at Lowes, Home Depot, Ikea (cheap!), and others. Usually under $5 each.

  2. June 27, 2012 / 1:37 am

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE that you did a tutorial for this! While living in Thailand, I found a bunch of handmade small rugs and bought a bunch! I too put them into one big rug and loved it until it (quickly!) fell apart. After reading your tutorial I now know what I should have done… Upholstery thread!!! Duh. :) I’m going to give it another try! Thanks!

  3. June 19, 2012 / 5:43 am

    That rug project is such a great idea. Would have never thought of it! And I’m loving the reversible blocks. So very clever and colorful and FUN! Good luck at the Olympics! Found this post at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia! Stop by Quirky Vistas when you have a chance and see what’s up there!
    Liz

  4. June 10, 2012 / 10:09 am

    Fabulous Tutorial! And thanks for Hosting the Olympics — VERY Cool! The artwork is a favorite of mine as well!! Giddy, thanks for the opportunity. Take care!!

  5. June 10, 2012 / 8:12 am

    I LOVE it! Way to kick off an awesome Olympics with a wonderful tutorial! (Now the pressure is seriously on and I haven’t even seen the room reveal… back to work for me!) : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  6. June 10, 2012 / 3:10 am

    I love the unique, not quite perfect vibe of those colorful rag rugs … seriously creative, my girl Janel!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!

  7. katie goldsworthy
    June 9, 2012 / 10:01 am

    Whoa! I’m decorating a nursery for my sis this summer and those are her exact colors, and her husband is a vocal coach! I NEED that print! I actually might have to buy it if I don’t win….and I rarely buy ANYTHING (when it comes to decorating).

    Thanks for hosting!
    –Katie

  8. June 9, 2012 / 9:16 am

    that was supposed to be just like you in a mustache. more coffee please.

  9. June 9, 2012 / 9:15 am

    the rug looks super cool just like in a mustache.

  10. June 9, 2012 / 8:45 am

    Wow that rug looks sweet! I can’t believe you only spent $20. Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!

  11. June 9, 2012 / 7:41 am

    Way to go Janel! You totally rocked it out.. GOLD Medal style!!!

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