How To Make a Rug From Table Runners: A Cheap and Easy DIY Project

If you're looking to add a touch of coziness to your home without spending a fortune, making a rug from thrift store table runners is a fantastic and budget-friendly solution.

In this step-by-step guide, I'll walk you through the process of creating a unique homemade rug using simple materials and minimal effort.

Let's dive in!

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DIY rug craft with thrifted table runners

1. Selecting the Table Runners

Start your rug craft project by choosing a couple of table runners from the thrift store. Look for variety in textures and patterns.

I used two thick woven table runners and one long gingham-patterned runner.

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Lay out your runners and If you have one that is longer, trim it down to the correct size.

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2. Attach Your Table Runners

Once you have trimmed your pieces down, place 2 table runners on a flat surface with the good side facing down and the backsides facing up.

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Opting for a no-sew approach, use strong duct tape to secure the table runners together.

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Take your time to align everything accurately and press the tape firmly along the seams.

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Once you have attached the first two, add a third.

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Lay the runner down with the good side facing down, and let the middle rug slightly overlap the final runner.

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Attach them with tape.

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4. Ensuring Even Edges

Flip the rug over to check that the edges are even all the way around.

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If adjustments are needed, flip the rug back over and old and press the excess material down.

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Then, secure it with duct tape.

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How to Make a Rug From Table Runners

Once the rug is assembled and the edges are perfected, find the ideal spot in your home to showcase your creation.

I placed my DIY rug in a cozy nook, instantly giving the space a touch of warmth.

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So, next time you're at the thrift store, grab a few table runners and embark on your rug-making journey.

Share your creations in the comments below!

Sarah Vanderkooy
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  • Lin27844211 Lin27844211 on Feb 20, 2024
    Prewash , to prevent shrinkage. Replace duct tape with iron on sewing tape so that you can wash it. To keep cleaner, coat with watered down decoupage glue..
  • Lacey Lacey on Feb 20, 2024
    Iron when done.