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DIY: Large Area Rug

I recently decided my dining room was missing a lot of personality and figured an areas rug would do just the trick. Something with pattern and some color to break up all the wood and white.

But after searching for rugs I realized how expensive 8×10 rugs were! Especially the cool ones… Step 1, completed.

Now for a cheaper way to brighten the floors. I have a great rug from Urban Outfitters that’s in my office and figured that two of those put together could be the perfect solution. And man, was I right. So I went ahead and bought two similar rugs, found here.

Before you get started you’ll need a few things:

  • Embroidery thread & needle
  • Rug mat (if needed)
  • Two 4 by 6 or 5 by 7 rugs — check out a few of my favorites below!

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Got one? Good!

STEP 3: Line up the edges of the rugs! Thread your needle with the embroidery thread and tie the two ends together (the string will be two threads thick). I only used one small pack of thread. I decided on a neutral color, but considered something bright for fun, like red! Decide what fits your style and room best!

STEP 4: Sew them together with your embroidery needle. I have little to no experience with sewing, basically just looped it around the edges and pulled the thread through. So anyone should be able to do it!

Be careful of getting your thread knotted up! Unraveling knots took up way too much of my time. It’s best to start with shorter threads, not the entire pack, like I did. Live and learn, right?

Tie up all the loose ends and place it on a rug mat if necessary. You’re all done! So simple and so much cheaper than buying a full 8 by 10 rug. WOO HOO! Cheers to being budget-friendly!