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Rug made from a canvas drop cloth

Filed Under: home decor, flooring, sewing

woman holding up rugCreative idea spotted on the DIY Network's website: make a rug on the cheap using a drop cloth. Yes, a drop cloth! You know, those fabric sheets you use to protect the floor and furniture during renovation projects. Michele Beschen, host of B. Original, demonstrated this idea on her show a while back.

You will need: a canvas drop cloth, upholstery fabric for the appliqué designs, and some other decorative fabric for the trim. You will also need a few sewing essentials: fusible web, iron, sewing machine, and scissors. Interested? Check out the step-by-step instructions here.

I have to admit the finished product looks amazing, atlhough I don't think it would work well in high-traffic areas of the house. A piece of non-slip foam backing underneath would be a must for safety's sake.

For more rug-related advice, check out Debbie's post on rug flipping.


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