How to Make a Rug – 31 Easy and Fabulous Ideas

by craftmin | December 25, 2017

To make a rug from repurposed shirt rags, ravishing two-in-ones or even a cozy mandala check out the best of these DIY handmade rugs. Simple and warm, rugs make pockets of the house colorful and homey and are the finishing touch to perfectly tie up any room. Let these little bits and pieces become great rugs that will not only fit your rooms, but also a place for rested feet and relaxation.

Tips on how to make a rug

  1. Find a workspace that has good lighting and ventilation, and lots of space for working and storage. Some of the projects here may take up to 3 days, and you’ll need to store all those materials we will be repurposing.
  2. Determine the purpose of your rug. Is it an area rug to anchor a room, a doormat or maybe just a cheeky bright area in an otherwise drab utility room?
  3. Invest in storage baskets as a lot of rug making includes lots of strips of fabric.
  4. Braiding is a relaxing technique that you can easily do in your family room or living room while you watch television. Use a peg to ensure the braids won’t unravel and keep tight.

How to make a rug – easy and fabulous ideas

(1) Amazing Maze

How to Make a Rug

For this project, print out a maze pattern. Either put strips of paper or masking tape onto your rug and then adjust the paper or tape to match the pattern. Finally, get your clippers and buzz out your maze, for some really interesting conversation.

Source: How to Make a Maze Rug

(2) Denim Delight

How to Make a Rug

Take some old jeans and turn them into this fabulous rug that is sure to amaze house guests and family members – it’s trendy and funky with just a touch of cheekiness. You’ll need several pairs of jeans and their pant legs, so its a great project if you’re planning to make yourself some cut-off shorts.  Cut the legs down the length, with one end slightly tapered then sew together into a circle. Sew leftover denim fabric in the middle and you can now stand on the pants of your success.

Source: How to Make a Rug Using Jeans

(3) How to Make a Zebra Rug

How to Make a Rug

Using a canvas drop cloth (around 6′ x 9′), some black or brown acrylic paint and a zebra print as reference, you can make this beautiful rug. Fold the cloth in half lengthwise and trace the outline then cut the drop cloth as if it were an animal skin. Lay it on the floor and start painting the stripes, setting your pace slowly. After the paint has dried, seal it with a paint sealer using a roller brush for evenness. Start folding and sewing the edges of the zebra rug, using a ug pad if the zebra rug is going on hardwood floors.

Source: DIY Zebra Stripes Rug

(4) Two-gether for One Awesomeness

How to Make a Rug

Combining two simple plain-colored rugs into one funky area rug, Mandi sure put her imagination and effort into this one. It is trendy and funky with a pure style of its own that will certainly be the envy of your guests, especially when they find out it’s all handmade by you.

Source: How to Make a Rug this Awesome

(5) How to Make a Braided Rug

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You are in the midst of spring cleaning and realize you have a pile of shirts. Turn them into rags or you braid them to become this really funky rug. Braiding by itself is a calming activity which would be a great project to share with the kids.

Tip: Hold the braid between your legs as you work on it or clamp it tightly at the side of your work table, so can work as fast as you can while still being relaxed. Hold the braid tightly with a peg that you can just move down as you work along.

Source: Upcycling Shirts by Making a Braiding a Rug

(6) Greener Grass

How to Make a Rug

The grass is always greener on the other side, may or may not be true but the grass is definitely softer on our very wriggly and squishy grass rug. Enjoy walking on it barefoot and fancy free.

Source: Green Grass Rug

(7) Colorful Play Rug

How to Make a Rug

Diyer Jessica saw a very colorful play rug just perfect for her daughter, but it was $198. She managed to make one for $30 by buying lots of colorful wide felt on sale – total $9. Next, she bought an interlocking rubbing mat. Cutting the wide felt into 2 1/2″ strips, she sewed them together.

After all the sewing, she stapled the wide felt “fabric” on the rubber mat and stapled the edges – a lot.  Lastly, Jessica covered the stapled edges with colorful trim she hot glued on top.

Source: How to Make a Play Rug

(8) Stylish Shaggy Sixties

How to Make a Rug

Warm. A pleasure to the senses. Cozy. Stylish. Make these diy shaggy rugs with a non-slipe base and some cotton interlock fabric (or use repurposed old shirts).  The homemade rug costs $130, but buying the same kind of rug in similar quality and size, $600 to $800.  So consider yourself lucky!

Source: DIY Shaggy Rug

(9) Pixie Pixel Squares

How to Make a Rug

This is a great gift for the den or gaming room where all those pixels are give excitement.  First, draw up your pixelated image and then start mapping it out, making 3″ x 5″ granny squares based on your mapped out design. The Mario rug shown here is 7′ x 7′ and was a great hit to its recipient.

Source: How to Make a Rug Out of Granny Squares

(10) Plain No More

How to Make a Rug

Once upon a time, there was a plain white rug which was painted on and is now this amazing rug with splashes of royal blue that truly anchors the living room.  With a handmade stencil made of plywood, some paint and a lot of imagination, you can also make your own pattern-inspired painted rug. Just remember that you might have to apply 2-3 layers of paint to deepen the colors.

Source: Painted Rug

(11) Quirky and Corky

How to Make a Rug

Do you have 175 wine corks?  Well if you have them a shark knife, a shelf liner and a hot glue gun with glue stocks to spare then you can easily make this corky and quirky rug that is just perfect for the bathroom or a utility room.

Cut the corks in half and glue the flat ends to the shelf liner, without being skimpy with that hot glue gun. Tip: Position the corks first on the shelf liner before gluing it permanently to make them fit snugly.

Source: How to Make a Rug Made of Cork

(12) Wonderful Weaving

How to Make a Rug

This is a fabric-heavy woven rug, but the experience you gain is priceless.  The materials you  need?  Three old bedsheets, cardboard measuring 23″ x 43″, tape and a pair of scissors.  You will be cutting a lot of fabric, so use a comfortable pair.  

Mark your cardboard edge with a Sharpie, drawing 2″ lines with a spacing of 1/2″ in between.  After cutting the bed sheets into strips, cut the 2′ lines to make your loom. Start weaving and join the strips together until you work down the loom and completely fill it, tieing the ends and weaving them together. Cut the excess fringe of the woven rug.

Source: How to Make a Woven Rug

(13) How to Make a $20 Area Rug

how to make a rug from small rugs

By sewing $1.99 small area rugs together, you can make this one large rug for your room. It’s a perfect combination!  Tip: Use upholstery thread to sew and tie them together.

Source: Budget DIY Area Rug

(14) Ropin’ and Braidin’

How to Make a Rug

Braiding is a relaxing activity, as the constant but consistent hand and finger movements make it quite therapeutic.  With a nylon rope, you can start a project for a doormat or a big enough rug.  Why not make one together with these creative ideas for the bedroom.

Source: Braided Doormat

(15) Pamper Me With Pom Poms

How to Make a Rug

Got time and yarn to spare? If you do, then this pom poms rug should be right up your alley. You’ll have to make a lot of pom poms but this rug will be perfect for a kid’s room or a playroom, so choose perky and pretty colors for your yarn. Go random and a mix and match or you can go for hues of the same colour.

After making a humongous amount of pom poms, start attaching them into a holey door mat – you’ll need a doormat with wide enough spaces to attach and tie your pompoms.

Source: How to Make a Rug Made of Pom Poms

(16) Rags to Riches Rug

How to Make a Rug

Cut your rags into 1″ x 5″ strips, fill in a holey non-skid mat and you have this soft and very fluffy area rug.  It may be great for rolling around, but what also makes this greater is upcycling fabric scraps and old tired cotton shirts.  Go for color or go for texture, but either way this rug is as fun to make as it is to lie down.

Source: How to Make a Rug Out of Fabric Strips

(17) Finger Lovin’ Yarn

How to Make a Rug

Chandi, our blogger and diyer, loves yarn. Although she used fine grey merino wool for this rug, you can opt for a less expensive options or use strips of clothing or fabric scraps like we used for our other projects.  Another great plus for this project, no tools are needed as we are only using our fingers to hook the “yarn”.  Lastly, enjoy your new rug.

Source: Mandi’s Roving Rug

(18) How the Hula Hoop

How to Make a Rug

More than a toy, the lowly hula hoop can now be used as a portable loom. Upcycle your old t-shirts by cutting them into strips, mixing and matching the colors to make this easy and super fast rug or doormat.  All in all, you can make a rug with 10 to 12 shirts, your hula hoop and some patience with a pair of scissors.  Next,  sew together each of your finished rugs to make one whole huge rug which will be great for absorbing water or for sitting down with its soft textures.

Source: How to Make a Rug Using Old Shirts

(19) Cozy Crochet Mandala Rug

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Add some Zen to your room with this mandala rug that is pure crochet gorgeousness. Use crochet yarn aka Zpagetti, a big enough crochet hook and just keep on making this beautiful mandala pattern.

Source: How to Make a Rug by Crochet

(20) Rope in a Rug

How to Make a Rug

Climbing ropes are expensive, but you cannot use old ones when you are climbing as you will end up risking your life.  So what can we do with these ropes which may have seen better days but are as fine as they are?  Repurpose them into a rug, that’s what we do.

Source: How to Make a Rug Made of Rope while using a Climbing Rope

(21) Towel Off Totally

How to Make a Rug

Using old towels cut into strips and braided, this woven rug becomes an example of pure utilitarian beauty. Simple, austere but purposeful.

Source: How to Make a Rug made of Upcycled Old Towels

(22) Mix Match and Square Match

How to Make a Rug

Match carpet squares and doormats to form one large rug – all for under $30. Some of the carpet squares came free, but with some moving around and buying some here and there, we now have this perfect area rug to hold the living room together. It’s cozy with just a touch of modern.

Source: How to Make a Rug for Under $30

(23) Feeling Felt

How to Make a Rug

A 21″ x 16″ faux felt stone rug that you can make yoursefl just by taking some leftover wool and felt. It feels great under the feet and may be good for children and adults with sensory issues.  Give it a try together with a DIY weighted blanket.

Source: How to Make a Rug made of Felted Wool

(24) Cute Chevrons

How to Make a Rug

All the lessons you learnt making friendship bracelets, put them into a cute chevron rug that’s both cute and squishy.

Source: Friendship Bracelet Chevron Rug

(25) Wraparound Rope

How to Make a Rug

Creativity has no limit with rope wrapped with fabric for this gorgeous looking area rug. Go big or go small, but it will definitely be awesome!

Source: How to Make a Rug made of Wrapped Rope

 (26) From Table to Floor

How to Make a Rug

Have you ever had a tablecloth that you couldn’t use because you don’t actually have a table for it? Repurpose a tablecloth and turn it into an area rug that could hold a room together. First, lay your tablecloth on the floor or a clean workspace and apply 2-3 layers of water-based polyurethane, letting it dry between coats.  Then, lay your tablecloth on a rug pad and cut to size then attach the table cloth with a spray adhesive. Lastly, leave it to breathe and you now have a new area rug.

Source: Tablecloth Rug

(27) Twine Rusticity

How to Make a Rug

Whether it’s twine, sisal or cotton – go for an all-natural fiber and make this practical yet totally natural home environment.  More than that, look up some DIY tapestry to go with your brand new rustic rug.

Source: How to Make a Natural Fiber Rug

(28) Rosy Rose

How to Make a Rug

This is a really pretty mat that is certain to give your bedroom a pretty and feminine touch or maybe you can add it to your teenage daughter’s bathroom or the en suite guest room. First, cut the shorts into strips but stick with one color for this diy rose mat. Make a circular pattern, glue it with a hot glue gun and attach it to your old bath mat for this very pretty addition to your home.

Source: How to Make a Rug Rose for the Bath

(29) Quilt Queen

How to Make a Rug

This project is for intermediate sewers and requires a lot of patience! This diy rug is easy and uses a lot of your scrap fabric so it’s a great project to do after a series of sewing projects. Kkids will certainly love the puffy design and enjoy this fun rug.

Source: How to Make a Puffed Rug

(30) Lovely Lighting

hot to make a rug that lights up

Maybe you made the lovely mandala crochet rug above and now your lil ‘un wants a night light.  This project is perfect for that! The light up rug is also good for a guest room or for an elderly person’s room where accidents can be avoided with just a little more light.

Source: DIY Light Up Rug

(31) Coffee Lovers Unite

How to Make a Rug

Upcycle your coffee burlap bags to make a caffeine-laden point.  After that, you can enjoy a DIY mug of your own full of freshly brewed rich black coffee.

Source: Coffee Lovers Rug

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