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{diy} Laundry Rug

June 1, 2013

I have been searching for the perfect rug for my laundry for weeks to no avail. I wanted a smallish rug in a graphic blue print, which I didn’t think was a huge ask but apparently so.

I was about to give up and buy a boring plain blue rug when I had a stroke of genius… Why not make my own rug?

I know you all think I am crazy but I was sure it would work. It did! And I have the ‘how to’ today just for my lovely readers.

First I made a quick dash to Spotlight in my lunch break from work {who needs lunch when you can have fabric?}. I was in and out in under 10 minutes and found the perfect material.

Isn’t it divine? The graphic print is just what I wanted and the colour is perfect. It is a canvas fabric so it is quite heavy, you want something with a bit of weight otherwise it will just scrunch up on your floor and won’t be very mat-like.

This is what you will need:

  • Fabric – I used 1 meter but it will depend how big you want your rug
  • Multipurpose mat – the foamy type that stops rugs from slipping
  • Pellon – like wadding but it can be ironed onto fabric
  • Carpet Tape – this is a strong adhesive fabric tape, you can buy it at most hardware stores
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Sewing Machine, Cotton, Scissors, Iron

First you need to iron out any creases in your fabric then iron it to the pellon. Put the pellon down, rough side up then lay the fabric on top, print side up and iron away. Make sure your iron isn’t too hot and take it slow to make sure it sticks.

Next take your foam mat and measure how big you want your rug. Cut the foam to the exact size (Make sure your fabric is big enough to have  1 inch right around the edge).

Lay your fabric & pellon print side down on the ground and give it a good spray with spray adhesive. Do the same with the foam mat and give them both 3-5 minutes or until they are tacky. Make sure you put something down to protect your floor before spraying.

Once both sides are tacky, stick them together ensuring you have an even amount of fabric around the edge of the foam mat.

Trim the fabric so you have a nice straight edge about 1 inch away from the foam mat.

Fold the fabric edges over the foam and press with a hot iron. Make sure you don’t touch the foam mat with the iron because it will melt and make a sticky mess.

Once you have pressed the fabric right around, you will want to sew around the mat to keep it there. Using a 1/4 inch seam sew around the perimeter of the mat.

The last step you need to take is to tape down the rough edges under the mat. Take your carpet tape and run it right around the mat to neaten it up.

Now, stand back and admire your handy work then go and brag to anyone that will listen!

Once you are done bragging, make some more rugs. They would be great for your bathroom, laundry, front entrance, playroom, the list goes on.

The best thing about this whole project? I already had a few of the supplies so it cost me less than $20!

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  • Reply Anonymous June 23, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Hi Jess, I like your idea of making a rug to suit your needs!! Can you tell me what kind of Pellon you used & what it's purpose is. Thanks from a fellow Canberran (well just over the border!!) Jody

  • Reply foreverorganised June 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Jody,
    I can't find a link to the one I used but it is fairly light weight, kind of like wadding but it irons onto your fabric. The fabric I used had a really loose weave and I was having trouble getting it to hold its shape. I just had some of this Pellon on hand but you could probably use any interfacing or skip it altogether if you have a nice tight weave fabric.
    Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions 🙂

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