Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sew IKEA Runners Into a Rug (for only $35)

I wanted a jute rug for almost two years now.

We really don't have the money for it.  Not even the one from Home Goods.  Also, the more I thought about it, I didn't want something quite so scratchy since the kids spend so much time on the floor.  So I came up with another idea last May (and yes, I'm just getting around to posting about it now).  It involved using table runners from IKEA... here's how it turned out

I usually attack projects... not so much because I'm confident, but more because I have to see if how it turns out.  I'm a little stressed until I get to see the final result; hopefully it isn't a total bomb/waste of money.

This one I really dragged my feet for some reason.

I started sewing the rug last Spring and it was looking pretty jacked up.  I was disappointed in myself so I hid it in the back of the laundry room, never to be seen again.  I considered taking it apart and returning the runners to IKEA; then it occurred to me they had been on my floor for a couple days so that wouldn't be a very scrupulous thing to do.  I'm desperate, but not that desperate!  Here's what it looked like when I pulled it back out of the laundry room

Then I saw this over at Tatertots and Jello
source: tatertotsandjello.com

Gorgeous, right?  The post was about the slipcovered sectional, but I couldn't stop staring at that rug!  It looked just like what I wanted mine to look like.  That's it, I'm going to finish it!

Here are the runners I used (MARIT table runners in beige and natural for $4.99 each)

I laid them all out and pinned them

Then I sewed them together
they got a little cumbersome in the sewing machine, but I got through it :)

They were all slightly different lengths so I hemmed the long edges.  And now I am sooooo happy with it!

This is exactly what the room needed... I feel like it cozies up the space a lot.  What do you think?

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  1. that is such a great idea! i love the look!

  2. Love this idea. I have a huge room that this would be perfect for. Right now I am wishing I still lived by an IKEA instead of 2.5 hrs away. (saw your post on Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy)

  3. It's awesome and it really does warm up the room. Someday, I'll steal this idea...maybe when I'm not afraid of my sewing machine!

  4. I love this!! What a good idea! I might have to try this for a our dining room!

    <3 Michelle


  5. What a great idea! I love it! I hope you can link it up at our party!



  6. What a wonderful idea!! Thanks for the inspiration

  7. I love it! The colors are great and it gives your room a cozy feel :)

  8. Shirley:
    I love, love, love it! Good job.

  9. That is so amazing!!! I love it! Very Creative.
    I currently have a link party going on and would love for you to share this.


  10. Visiting from Whipperberry link party. I LOVE it! So glad you got the rug you wanted!! It's beautiful and really adds a lot to the space. I'm a new follower via fb. Also going to pin this rug to my design inspiration board. Thanks for inspiring.


  11. I love this! Thank you so much for the idea. Our master bedroom is kind of a spa theme and this rug would be so relaxing. Perfect! Just wish we had an IKEA closer by (3 hr). But I might pick up some runners during my annual drive out there : )

  12. What a marvelous idea! I really want to try this...thanks for sharing!

  13. That's such a great idea! Very smart :)

  14. I love it! I would never have thought of using runners, but it's perfect. I do the same thing with projects. Start all excited, get discouraged and think it was a total fail and waste of money, and then fight my way back. I'm so glad you finished your rug.

  15. I love it too! It's so calming and quiet. LOL But more than that, it's really a great idea and works well in your space!

  16. Brilliant! What a gorgeous area rug, and I can't believe it's just table runners! Awesome idea! I'd be SO pumped if you'd come and share this (and any other projects you'd like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown link party, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com I hope to see you there! ~Jen

  17. Genius! It works so well with your table and everything else!

  18. What a great idea! Pinned this idea for my porch addition.... thanks!!!

  19. Just saw this again on another link party....I HAVE to do this! I'm your newest follower!


  20. Such a clever and creative idea, Jamie! Your new rug does cozy up your living room and looks fabulous!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  21. You have such a cute blog. I found you on the link party. I am your newest follower. :) If you would like to check out my blog that would be awesome and follow me back..I would love to feature you on my blog sometime, you have way cute stuff..


  22. I am pinning this and working up the courage to try it. Your space looks amazing! I am a new follower visiting from Flamingo Toes. Vicky from Mess For Less

  23. Very creative use for IKEA runners- good job :)

    Visiting from Craft-O-Maniac linky party- thanks for sharing!
    ~Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois at WhyCuzICan

  24. Very creative! Looks great! I'm your newest follower!

  25. AWESOME! I featured you today:)http://too-much-time.com/2012/01/good-morning-sunshine-9.html

  26. That is a great idea, area rugs can be so expensive! I need a new one too, so might just have to try that!

  27. Now THAT is inspirational!!! Would love to try this sometime (just need me some runners!). Turned out gorgeous! I'd LOVE it if you'd share this over Kammy's Korner: http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2012/01/trash-2-treasure-tuesday-party-17.html

  28. Great idea! Your rug looks awesome, I'm so glad you finished it! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  29. how how beachy fresh - love your couch and this new little rug adds just the RIGHT TOUCH WELL DONE!

    LINKY PARTY NOW OPEN if ya wanna come play!


  30. Ok, so I am definitely going to to do this for my living room! I hate spending a ton of money on rugs when they just get ruined so quickly! Question: what about it didn't you like about it the first time? Did you do something differently?

  31. What a fun idea! Sharing this link on my Facebook page :)

  32. Wow, that is a very clever idea! It looks perfect and definitely makes the room more cozy! Thanks so much for sharing!

  33. Looks great but I'm curious what advantage there is to using IKEA runners rather than buying fabric at a much cheaper price and stitching that together? Not being snarky, I just wondered if it was a special fabric or somnething?

  34. Wow - this is such a great idea to fill up a big space!! 5 other bloggers and I are hosting a fabulous Imagine the Impossibilities link party going on now. Would love you to link up - this will inspire so many people to think outside the box!



  35. This looks fabulous! I've pinned it on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Would you mind showing us a close up of how you are sewing one piece to the other...is it over laping, are you zig zagging it....how does it lay flat between the next piece??


  37. Hi Debbie! I didn't have any way to respond to your comment through email, since the comment came up as "no reply"... if you change your settings bloggers can respond to your comments. Here is a good link http://www.sweetsimplicityblog.com/2009/08/noreplyblogger.html

    I lost all the photos we had stored on our external hard drive so I don't have any of the process!!! I overlapped the white on top of the beige runners and sewed it flat with a straight stitch. Hope that helps!

    1. Thanx Jamie. I'm not sure how I signed in, but I think I have it corrected now. So with the overlapping, do you notice the ridges when you walk on it? I'm not sure if this is a type of fabric, or a thicker runner, thats why I ask. Regardless...you did a great job and what a terrific idea. I will be pinning it to my board for everyone else to see it as well. You have a great night!!

  38. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

  39. It looks wonderful and just the right touch to warm up that area. Nice job!

  40. Now that's very creative and it looks fabulous! I've got this linked to my Ikea hacks post today, well done!!

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