Published at Wednesday, October 10th 2018. by Carrie Hurley in Area Rugs.
I'm going to show you how to make a super cute, simple rug that will tie your decor together. All the way down to the floor Check out our printable for a list of everything. You'Ll need to make a rug like this one. So, let's get started For a more durable rug. Try to choose a fabric that is a little bit thicker and stiffer than most basic fabrics. I'M using this nice heavier-weight duck cloth. I used a rotary cutter and mat to cut out a 30'' x 42'' piece of fabric. Now I've already pressed my fabric, so I'm ready to go.
I want to start by prepping the edges to keep them from fraying. To do that, I am going to sew a tight zig-zag stitch around all four raw edges. If you have a serger, you could also serge around the edges. Instead. Once you've got all four edges: zig-zagged just trim off any loose threads and we'll start prepping for the hems Begin. By laying your fabric face down on your ironing board. Start with one of the long sides and fold it up. 3'' Check the measurement on a seam gauge, then press and pin along that 3'' fold. As you go. Repeat this, on the other long edge. Fold, up 3'', press and pin into place, then you're ready for the other two shorter sides and the corners Now with one of the short edges facing you fold the right corner up like this.
So you have a 45-degree angle. Give it a good press with the iron to make sure you have a neat crisp, fold. Repeat this step for the left corner, turning the corner up the same way and pressing it in place. Now that you have both corners angled in the fold, the entire edge up to 3'' checking with the seam gauge, as you did before, then pressing and pinning as you go along the edge. This should give you nice, 45 degrees.
Mitered, corners. Repeat this. For the other short end and you're ready to finish out your rug Before you sew to make sure you set your machine back to the straight stitch setting. Now, let's sew With our rug, still face down and starting at the upper right corner, begin sewing just to the right of the zig-zag stitches. Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning to secure those first few stitches. Continue sewing along the entire edge, keeping your needle just to the right of the zig-zag stitches. Make sure and remove the pins as you go along.
You don't want to break your needle from running over a pin When you get to a corner, leave your needle down in the fabric, raise your presser foot, pivot your fabric, lower the foot and keep going. When you get all the way back around end with a backstitch, and that's it for the sewing. Now that you're done sewing re-press all of your hems and corners down nice and flat. Add a little bit of fabric adhesive to the underside of each of the mitered corners, then press them flat, together. Here's a quick tip if you will be using this rug on wood, tile or other slick surfaces.
It's a good idea to add a nonslip backer which will help give your rug some stability. I just trimmed mine a little smaller than the rug then hand tacked it at the corners, so the layers stay together. Hand. Tacking also makes it easy to remove the nonslip backer, so I can toss my rug in the wash Then I can tack my backer back on once it's clean.
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