I started rug-shopping for our living room recently and realized that a rug is something I’ve never bought before. Bathmats and little welcome mats are cheap and easy to pick up, but a rug — a huge area rug that’s going to pull together an entire room — is an investment. So when I say “rug-shopping,” I really mean going online, fainting at the prices and bemoaning that we’ll be rug-less forever.
I’m really intrigued by the idea of making a huge rug out of a drop cloth, so that may get added to the project list (that ever-growing Google Keep list on my phone). For now, though, I tried making two different rugs using fabric.
I started out easy, testing a method where you needed nothing at all but about a metre of fabric and a sewing machine. I chose a fresh, fun white and yellow chevron print from Atlantic Fabrics’ home decor section, prewashed and dried it, just in case, and spread it out on the carpet in our family room.
I’d bought exactly twice the size I wanted the finished rug to be, so I just folded it in half, right sides together, and pinned all the way around …