Making a Custom Rug Using Carpet Remnants

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I started by browsing through color choices.
Youll need a carpet blade - dont forgeet to play down some cardboard first - it will save your floor.
I went for deeper colors because theyre less likely to show stains.
I started by browsing through color choices.

I started by browsing through color choices.

I've always considered myself as "so-so" when it comes to being crafty but love the process. Over the years I've had fun trying everything from making Christmas decorations with my son and the neighbor kids to taken knitting and stamp art classes with friends (not my forte). A project I took on a few months ago was making a custom rug using carpet remnants (cutting them into squares) for our family room. I ended up both surprised and relieved by how easy it was and wanted to share my findings here.

I found that I could make a custom rug with carpet remnants for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a high quality ready-made rug. I decided to make an area rug with a checkerboard/patchwork pattern because it gave me the opportunity to design one using a cheerful combination of colors for the family room, the room where our family usually gathers to spend time together, playing board games, watching TV, you know - hanging out together.

If you'd like to make your own patchwork rug, here are the tools you'll need.

• Measuring tape

• A ruler

• Graph paper

• Colored pencil

• Heavy scissors or a carpet blade

• Adhesive carpet tape

• Carpet remnants

• Adhesive patches if you're using carpet tiles

• Cardboard (optional)

Finding Inexpensive Carpet Remnants

You can buy new carpet remnants from carpet stores and a lot of retailers throw out their samples so give them a call and let them know what you're trying to accomplish. You can also purchase cheap accent rugs in different colors to create a rug. If you go this route you'll want to apply a backing because accent rugs typically aren't as rigid as carpeting. You can use a heavy material like denim or upholstery fabric and a few even come with spray adhesive.

Using Carpet Remnants with Adhesive Carpet Tape

Step 1

First, measure the width and length that you want the rug to be and if you're planning on placing any movable furniture on it, measure out 6 to 10 inches beyond them.

Step 2

Pickup up the carpet samples or remnants, already having patterns and colors in mind as you shop around. An important thing to keep in mind is to keep a consistent texture for all of the pieces which will produce coherence when it comes to the finished look of your rug.

Step 3

Spread out the carpet remnants on the floor, moving them around until you end up with the appearance/color coordination you're looking for. Lay out the cardboard (helps avoid harming the floor) and cut your remnant pieces into the appropriate sizes (depending on the design you're going after), ending up with a rug that fits together like a puzzle, in a solid block.

Step 4

Next, cut a piece of adhesive carpet tape to perfectly fit the seam between two nearby pieces. Then, remove its protective layer and place the tape on the floor, adhesive side up. Next, place the edge of one of the carpet pieces, falling halfway onto the length of the adhesive tape. Then, press firmly until the carpet piece adheres to the tape. Repeat the process with the adjoining piece of carpeting, positioning it so that it meets the edge of the initial piece. Repeat the process until all of the carpet squares are joined together and voila! You have an awesome rug.

Carpet Squares with Included Adhesive

Using carpet square instead of remnants will cost more, but will obviously be a lot easier. I might try this next time, using them for a small accent rug in the master bathroom.

Step 1

First, plan out the rug, using the graph paper, sketching the dimensions using colored pencils to block out the layout and design. With carpet squares it's also a little easier to create unique designs, creating abstract designs, alternating colors and prints throughout.

Step 2

Determine the amount of carpet squares you'll need based on your measurements. If you're using multiple colors/prints, divide them up accordingly.

Step 3

Move any furniture currently in the space where you plan on placing the rug and vacuum the floor. Next, lay out your carpet squares in the now empty space, using your graph, arranging the pieces until you come up with a design layout that you're happy with.

Step 4

Using the adhesive patches, fasten the carpet squares together, following the manufacturer's directions. Remove the protective layer and put the adhesive patch on the floor (non-sticky side down), at a position where the corners of 4 connecting squares meet. Fit the corners of the squares together so that they connect with the adhesive and firmly press to adhere. Repeat until all of the squares are connected. For additional strength, use an adhesive patch at every halfway point where the edges of two connecting squares meet.

What I like About Using Adhesives instead of Hand Stitching

When you go the adhesive route, you can easily remove a square if something gets spilled, an almost every day occurrence in our home), clean it or even replace it with a new square if necessary.

I had fun making my first rug, using carpet remnants instead of carpet tiles and actually ended up with 4 small rolls for free that I found at a local flea market. I had to have the carpeting cleaned but the end results were well worth it, as was the personal satisfaction of making my own rug. Sure, I expect that my next rug project will look little bit more polished and pulled together, but I'm still happy with the results.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Proton Cleaning Geelong
posted in: gallery, custom rug, carpet remnants, patchwork rug, checkerboard rug

Comments (2)

Happy365 writes: Thanks Ann2x - it was a lot of fun :-)
Posted: 5:32 pm on May 23rd
Ann2x writes: Oh, this is wonderful! This would be a fun accent rug to put in our oldest daughter's room! Thanks so much for sharing these steps! :) Her birthday is coming up in a couple of months, and she's a HUGE fan of Frozen.....this area rug in those shades of blue would just tickle her pink!
Posted: 5:31 am on May 14th
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