How to Make a Fabric Rug Tutorial

How to Make a Fabric Rug Tutorial by Jaqueline

Hello Remodelaholic Readers! I’m Jacqueline from Simple Home Life and I’m very excited to be guest posting today! Thank you Cassity for asking me to share this on your lovely blog.

I’m even more excited to be able to share my tutorial on how I made a Fabric rug, but first let me tell you a little bit about my blog. I started writing my blog in October 2010 and I enjoy every bit of it so very much. If I dont do some kind of creative project each day to share during the week I go into withdrawal. I enjoy sharing my cheap furniture renovations, room makeovers, craft projects and sewing. More important I want my creativeness to inspire others.
Now lets talk about my fabric rug. I love rugs with fun designs but they are just to costly and I knew I could paint a rug since I already did, but I wanted something soft for our living room and knew there had to be a way I could make my own without it being to difficult. I then searched on Google for fabric rugs and found this Chevron fabric rug by High heel foot in the door. So I knew it was possible.
When I found this fun zebra print upholstery fabric at a discount fabric store I knew this would be perfect for a rug and for $6.99 a yard it was. 
Fabric Rug Tutorial
and 6 by 9 canvas drop cloth
My kind of before photos
Here is the after
What do you need to make a fabric rug? 

{1} Heavy fabric like upholstery fabric, I used 4 yards
{2}Canvas drop cloth for backing and for the edges
{3} spray adhesive for fabric, it helps keep it together while working
{4} lots of fabric glue
{5}heavy duty thread
{6}pins and a sewing machine
The rug I made is 6 by 9

How to Make a Fabric Rug Tutorial
Step 1.  Lay out your canvas and use pins

I first lay out my canvas and use pins to hold it down, if you dont have a rug use something heavy to keep it from moving.

Fabric Rug Tutorial


Step 2.  cut fabric sew and lay on top of canvas

Then I lay out my 4 yards of fabric (all one piece) and cut it in half, then I matched it to fit side by side and sewed it together, this way it was wider and not long. 
Then I lay it on top of the canvas
My puppy behaved while making this for the most part. 

How to Make a Fabric Rug Tutorial
Step 3.  Spray Adhesive and attach

Now I take the spray adhesive and started in a corner and lifted the fabric and sprayed, waited a minute to let it get sticky and placed the fabric out and smoothed out the wrinkles, then finished one end and worked my way up.

Step 4.  Fold excess fabric under

 Then I folded the edges of the excess fabric under the drop cloth with fabric glue.
While that drys I take my extra drop cloth and cut in strips for the edging, you can skip this, or use less fabric and fold the drop cloth over the fabric. 
Fabric Rug Tutorial

How to Make a Fabric Rug Tutorial
Step 5.  Glue Edges

On my strip of drop cloth I used glue to fold about half a inch of it over to make a neat line, I do this on both sides with glue and then add more glue to the strip and place the rug on top of half of the strip and and add more glue and fold the other half of the strip on top of the rug.

It doesn’t take a lot of time, and it gives it a nice clean edge
The corners were a little hard for me and I wish I did it differently but didn’t figure that out till after
I wasn’t going to take it apart o fix it, your eyes look at the zebra print more.
I should have folded them into triangles to make them neater.

Step 6.  Sewing Time


Okay so once I have my edging complete I take it to the sewing machine, I used heavy duty thread and needles is a must to go through the layers.
This is a basic stitch and easy to do.
I ended up doing this for my corners.
To make sure the rug and the canvas stays together in the middle I sewed small knots through out. I used the same thread and a curved needle.
Then I was done!
Fabric Rug Tutorial
And very proud about my new rug I quickly moved my furniture and placed it in the living room.
Fabric Rug Tutorial
 Is was about a half of a days project (in between picking kids up) and I’m so thrilled with it. It will look even better on top of hardwood floors someday. 
Fabric Rug Tutorial
I didn’t need a anti slip because its on a rug, but if you make your own rug and need one they are cheap at Ikea. 
What it cost for me?
Fabric- $27.96 for 4 yards at $6.99 a yard
Canvas Drop-cloth- about 10.00
extra drop cloth for edging-already had
fabric glue-6.00
everything else I already had so it was 
Not bad at all! 
So that’s it, hope you enjoyed my tutorial and maybe you will make your own rug and thanks to Cassity for having me.
Come on over to my Simple Home Life to see more pictures and other creations.
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. I love your idea! I, too, have been in the search for a rug that matches my new couch and side chair. Everything that I’ve liked has been $1,000 or more! I don’t think so. How is this rug holding up to your kids, pets, and husband? 😉 Do you vaccuum the rug or throw it in the wash? Any info you can provide would be wonderful. Thanks!

    1. Hi Anna — this was a guest post, so if you’ll click over to the original blog (linked at the top of the post) then she can help answer your question. Thanks!