You all know by now (or if you don’t know, now you know in the immortal words of the Notorious B.I.G.) that I love color. I love its cheeriness, its ability to set a mood, the way it brightens a room, and its individuality. And the NAMES!: Atomic tangerine. Banana mania. Coquelicot. Cosmic latte. Inchworm. Isabelline. Paris green. Razzmatazz. I mean, can colors be any more fun? (No, no they can’t.)

When we decided to paint the studio white (ultra pure white to be specific), I knew that we would have to find a way to add some color to the room or it just wouldn’t feel like my space. And that’s when I stumbled (literally) upon the perfect solution: a rug. Rugs are the perfect accent – whether you go modern, antique, graphic, or batik, rugs just add that finishing touch, that je ne sais quoi that makes a space YOUR space. But I was in a bit of a pickle: I wanted (I needed!) a rug, but after pouring my heart, soul, and if we’re being honest, my finances, into signing a lease on the studio and renovating it, I couldn’t afford to buy my dream rug. So what did I do? Well, dear reader, I improvised and made my own – and so can you! Read on to find out how to make your perfect rug in just a few, easy steps. (And a quick trip to your Mom’s sewing closet.)

 

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The Materials

Here's what you need:

  • 12-19 x 29" rag rugs (to make one, 6 ft. x 7 1/2 ft. area rug) 
  • Thick Thread (I used embroidery thread)
  • Large Needle
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The Process
1. Lay out your rugs as you like.  Since most rag rugs aren't exactly the same size, align them as closely as possible. 

  

2. In the middle two rows where the end strings touch, align the strings of the touching rugs and tie them together with knots.  They won't have equal amounts of tassels but try to tie as many together as possible.
3.  Be sure to secure each knot tightly as this will secure the rug horizontally.  You will end up with 4 runners - 3 rugs long. 
4.  Align these runners so that the sides are touching. 
5.  Sew these sides together tightly as this secures the rug vertically.  Since the rugs are so vibrant with pattern and color the thread tends to blend in so don't worry about you sewing skills.
6. Believe it or not, that's it!  Success!
There you go folks.  A beautiful, unique, colorful area rug for under $150! Hooray!  Check out all of the fun colors here.
*EXTRA EXTRA:  You can also use this same technique to make runners or any size rug you wish.  Just goes to show you really should have these beauties in every room.
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