DIY | Hand-Printed Rug

Finding the perfect area rug for your space can be quite a daunting task. They're either a little off from what you want or a bit too trendy to spend a lot of money on. This surprisingly simple DIY costs about $20 and you can customize it however you want. Plus, you won't feel guilty when you want to make a different one next year. Or when you want to make one for each of your rooms! ;)

What you need:
-Canvas (at least 10 oz, 4ftx7ft - or desired size)
*-Sewing Machine
-Yard Stick
-Permanent Markers

 How to make it:
*If edges aren't already finished: Fold in 1/2" along edge and iron in place. Fold again and iron - so raw edge is turned under. Use your sewing machine to straight stitch across fold. Repeat for each side.
Iron canvas out flat.
Measure and lightly sketch out desired design.
Use permanent markers to go over design.

Add a rug pad underneath and you're all set!

**If you use a lower weight canvas or the rug is for a high traffic area (think mudroom), you might want to double up the canvas when you sew it.
**This is washable, but permanent marker will fade a bit with each wash.

About the Contributor

Caitlin McGrath lives in a small town in Western New York. When her face isn't hidden behind her camera, she's usually crafting and daydreaming for The Merrythought, where she is a part of the three lady team sharing DIY projects, recipes, fashion, home d├ęcor & and bits of daily life.

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Anonymous said...

I love this! It brings design, creativity, and originality to any space!

Anonymous said...

What a brilliant idea!!

Anonymous said...

Love it!! I would have to dye the fabric first, perhaps with tea? Because a white rug would be ruined in a day in this household. I must give it a try ;)

Becky M said...

This looks so awesome - it looks store bought!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love this a lot! xo

princessoreo said...

I've made these before-- they're cheap and versatile, which is awesome in my book! I've sewn a felt back on to them (you could glue it too) as a built in rug pad and to give it more heft. If you're a klutz like I am or if you have little ones running around, you can also use dots of silicone caulk or puff paint all over (think polk a dots) to make it non slip. :)

Vanessa said...

I love this idea! I've been trying to figure out what to do about a rug in my living room for awhile now and I think I know now!!