Learn How To Make Your Own Area Rug With This Quick And Easy Tutorial

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

A cozy rug can make all the difference in your home, making it look finished, warm, and inviting — plus it keeps your feet toasty!

Unfortunately, sometimes it can be tough to find one that really, perfectly fits your needs. It might be a size issue or a shape issue depending on the layout of your home, or it might be that the colors and patterns just don’t go with your furniture, decor, or style.

Even if you can find a good rug, a rug can be tough to care for when it comes to cleaning up stains and spills, which, even if you’re careful, do happen. Many rugs can’t simply be thrown in the wash.

So, what do you do when you can’t find something to fit your needs? Make it yourself, of course! And don’t worry: making a rug is nowhere nearly as daunting as it sounds. This is a no-sew project, and the result is also machine washable for easy cleaning. Here’s how to do it.



  1. Cut your patterned fabric to the desired size. Leave an extra inch (and a tiny bit more) on each side.
  2. Fold a 1-inch seam on each side and iron flat.
  3. Cut fusible webbing to fit your rug.
  4. Iron the webbing onto the back of the fabric according to package instructions.
  5. Cut your canvas drop cloth to fit. This will be the backing of your rug.
  6. Peel off the backing of the fusible webbing on your rug and carefully lay your drop cloth over top.
  7. Iron the drop cloth onto the webbing to create a smooth backing.
  8. Measure and cut a rug pad.
  9. Lay out your rug pad and your rug on top in the desired location.
  10. Admire your home’s new addition!

Watch the video below to see how we made our rug, and if you have an odd corner or an area that could just use a little color, make your own!

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