Monday, April 16, 2012

Another Fabric Remnant Rug!

I took a quick trip to the fabric store on Saturday.

I really went to find fabric for a baby blanket....

I got that but look at the great remnant that I found for $4.00!

I figured I would use it someday....tee hee!

Sunday morning, I started to make the baby blanket.....and things didn't go so well!!!
Do you ever start a project and have it turn into a PROJECT!!!!????
That is what happened to me....I will post about this whole snafu when I finally get it done!

I have learned over the years that when a sewing project isn't going well....just put it aside and do something else!
Sewing is supposed to be FUN....NOT frustrating!

I decided to use my pretty remnant to make a new rug for the powder room!
I knew this was a quick project that would turn out!
I think it did!

Read on to learn how I did less than an hour!

I have posted several times about making rugs using fabric remnants....

 Here is a link to one made from

 a recycled Yoga Mat and a piece of upholstery fabric....

Easy....the tutorial is included in the link above!

This link shows one
 made from a great looking remnant and a cut up throw rug!

I called it a One Hour Project....because...
seriously that is how long it took.

My latest rug project was just as speedy....a good thing....because I was feeling so unproductive about the baby blanket!!!!

I found an old rug in the back of a closet....rubber backed and pretty shabby and very ugly.
It was too big for the fabric I I cut it to size!

Cutting it up made a BIG mess....I was absolutely covered in little bits of rug fuzz!

The next steps hardly count as a tutorial...but since I have been too lazy to do a tutorial in a while...let's pretend...and call this one!

  •   I cut the rug to size
  • I swept up all the mess 
  • I placed the piece of rug on the fabric with the rubber backing facing up....

  • I plugged in the glue gun and went to get a cup of coffee!

  • I mitered the corners of the rug...gluing those corners down first!
  • I finished gluing the edges all the way around.
  • I turned the glued rug over...and ironed the edges very flat!

I carried the finished rug up to the powder room and plopped it down!
Wow....NO frustration.....Project DONE!
Looking Good I think!

Oh...and the reason I use the glue gun and don't NOT because sewing is frustrating!
It is because when the rug gets just peel off the glue....wash the fabric and glue it back on!!!


Then I realized that the rug that I was taking out of the powder room was the perfect color for the guest bathroom....

So now that is where it is....

Looks pretty good huh?

If you are interested....
I posted a tutorial on how to make the shower curtain is almost no sew too!

Now I just have to convince myself to get back to the baby blanket project....I will keep you posted of course!

Here's wishing you frustration free projects at your house this week!


NanaDiana said...

Mary- GREAT idea for a rug!!! It matches that bathroom perfectly, too. I hate when I get into a sewing phase and it doesn't go well- it takes all of the fun out of it. Can't wait to see the baby blanket- xo Diana

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

I had no idea you could make your own rug. I definitely have to check out that DIY post. You are brilliant. I also can't wait to see your baby blanket.

K Quinn said...

Oooh pretty! Stopping by from UPB 2012 but had to check out the rug. I didn't know you could do this. I never run into remnants like that but if I do thank you for the inspiration.

Lisa said...

You just made me want to redo my bathroom! I got and idea. LOL. These rugs are totally cute.

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

Pinning this! I think it's genius.

shabbygals said...

i will have to try this!! what a good idea! visiting from

lipstickandsawdust said...

Love this idea! It will sooo work in my newly renovated powder room. I cannot find a rug to match as I's hoped. Wondering how well it holds up with traffic? Im gonna try the yoga mat one too. Kristen

Shiloh said...

What a cool idea! I've been telling my hubby we need to upgrade our rugs, but maybe I can do this. The only problem is, my rugs are having issues with their rubber backing too, so maybe not.:(

Stacey Stuwe said...

OMGosh Gal, such a great idea! I have a lot of reminants floating aroung and i just found a package of the non skid rubber your supposed to put under a rug, having said that i'm off to make a rug!

btw, i'm visiting from thrifty decorating!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

LOL - I have been sewing for MANY years and you are SO right -- I've set aside many a project due to frustration and then it didn't look so annoying the next day or week! Your rug idea is genius -- especially about peeling it off, washing the fabric and gluing back on!! Pinning!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Mary!

What a great idea! The possibilities are endless... you can coordinate with any existing color and decorating theme.

Thanks for sharing this at my party :)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Unknown said...

This is amazing. I absolutely love that green-flowered rug you put in the powder room. What a great idea. Good luck on that blanket.

Welcome Wed new follower
My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

Katie @ Quality Cheap Home said...

What a fantastic idea! It will help me add some life into my bland kitchen.

Unknown said...

What a great looking rug!! I love that idea. I just happened onto your site and am so glad I did, what fun!! I'm now happily following!

Anonymous said...

Love it! And it looks similar to your background! Stopping into follow and say hey from today's blog hop. Hope you can return the visit soon - I'd love a follow via GFC and Google+ Have a great day!!

Unknown said...

That is a good idea for a rug, love the new sew. I never would have thought to update a rug like this.

Visiting from A Sweet Little Gals Linky Party, hope you'll stop by my blog too. :)

Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

Great project! I'm stopping by from the BHE blog hop! Hope you can take a minute to check out my blog! Have a great weekend! :)

Ginny said...

Hi Mary, love the rug project! Visiting from Sew Many Ways. Thanks for sharing!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Visiting from "fridays unfolded" I love your rugs and never had a clue that what you did could be done (does that sentence make sense) Anyway super cute!!

Beth said...

What a great idea!!! Your rugs turned out VERY pretty! I am DEFINITELY doing this! I had to finally discard the rugs in my kitchen after 9 years and haven't been able to find any that I like now. I will keep my eye out for yoga mats at the thrift store or garage sales and try doing the same thing since I don't have any other rugs to use.

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

This was last week's most viewed link!

Michelle said...


Wow, great rug!!

Unfortunately this is not an eligable entry in the Make It Monday linky party which is for paper craft only.

But I did enjoy coming to visit and checking out this fabulous project.

Michelle :o)

amy and jesse hudson said...

Oh I love what you did here! I love it so much I'm featuring it at Drab to Fab this week!

Come on over, grab a badge if you'd like, and party some more with me.

Congrats! Have a lovely weekend :)

Amy @ Sugar and Spice

Laurel's Quill said...

And I was wondering how you would wash it!!! amazing idea!!!

Unknown said...

Looks good! So I am not the only one that had rugs piled in the back of the closet!

Crystal said...

Wow! What a smart idea, Mary! It looks perfect! I need some new rugs and I am so glad I saw this idea! Thanks so much for sharing at HiH! Have a wonderful weekend!:)

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