Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Let's Make a Rug!

Like many of you, I have color schemes I like to follow in each room in my house.  The bathroom is olive green mixed with dark teal and I love it.  For the life of me I couldn't find a rug to match that was big enough for the space.  I came close a few times, but alas, no luck!  It was time to take matters into my own hands.  I found the heaviest fabric I could and rocked a mandala stencil and some multi-surface paints to get the look I wanted.  It took some time, but it was much less frustrating than the endless rug searching.  Remember, if you can't find it, make it and always Make Your Mark!
Trying it out in my foyer

Watch how I made it here!
Heavy poly-cotton fabric
Cotton fringe
Foam grip drawer liner
I find that cleaning your stencils in between uses with 99c store Totally Awesome works perfectly 
and keeps them in perfect condition!
*Cut your rug fabric 1" larger all the way around before you start
1. & 2.  Press the edges of the fabric in 1" all the way around and glue them in place with E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
3.  Add masking tape around the edges about 1/2" in and then add more tape 1" from that to create a 1" border around the rug
4.  Using your stencil brush, fill in the 1" border around the edge of the rug
5.  Center the Mandala stencil on the rug and tape down
6.  Figure out your colors and start painting
7.  When you've painted the stencil (clean it) and then edge the shapes with a paint marker
*This takes some time but makes the rug look like a hand blocked rug from India
8. & 9.  Instead of a paint marker you can also use a writer tip with black Multi-Surface Satin paint to get the detail
10. If you want more pattern like I have, use the stencil around the edges making sure to tape over the areas that are already painted
11.  Glue the fringe on the underside of each edge with more Fabri-Fuse
12. Glue the foam grip drawer liner to the underside of the run over the raw edges to add some cushion and to make the rug non-slip


  1. Love it! Funny thing, a small area rug is the finishing touch I need for my guest room makeover,(view my latest blog post!) and was contemplating making one. Rug searching can take a lifetime ;D

    1. Mine ended in finally just making my own. I totally understand! I say buy the rug first and then decorate around it. So much easier!

  2. Love this project! I want to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'll do this before trying to buy another rug that doesn't match! It's so much easier.

  3. How would you suggest making a larger rug?

    1. Use a larger piece of fabric. Piece it together with the fabric glue

  4. Mark, Love love love it! It might be because Blue is my favorite color; however, that doesn't touch your crafty and creative abilities by any stretch. You are truly a great artist!! Thanks much....