It seems like area rugs get kinda ignored in the DIY world… There was a day when most peoples’ area rugs were made by hand, usually from scraps of fabric, or recycled supplies and were meant to be serviceable and practical. They kept the floors warmer and more comfortable, and if one was lucky, added a little color to the room. Today it seems like an area rug can be one of the more expensive decor items in a  room. Area rugs define space, pull open floor plans together, add interest, texture and color to a room. They ground a room that seems top heavy, and yes… they still add comfort and warmth! So get to it, DIY’ers! Make a DIY area rug that is unique, beautiful, and practical!

Our feature project, above and below,  is this DIY crafty felt rug from ‘Conversation Pieces’… Check out all their photos and see how they made this into a larger area rug that would fit their room.



This rope swirl tapestry rug from the blog at ‘Free People’ is one of the most unique we’ve seen! This is true art, and the perfect project for someone who loves crafting and sewing, to be able to show off their talent. This would make an AMAZING wedding present for someone! (Ok, maybe tone down the color choices? Or maybe not!)

DIY Area Rugs


Love this pom pom rug from ‘Pippa Patchwork’! It looks so cute and cozy, you just want to cuddle your toes into it. She admits it’s time consuming, so it’s probably a great “sewing bag” project that you pull out every night in front of the tv… I’d love it in pale pink or yellow for a nursery!



This DIY chevron rug from ‘The House that Lars Built’ is a version of the old fashioned rag rug, with an updated pattern! Great tutorial…



Learn to make your own rope rug from ‘A Beautiful Mess’… I love this rug, it looks nothing like my Grandmothers rugs! I saw a rug like this recently that was selling for over $300…



From ‘Viva le Jar’, make your own rug loom and turn out this gorgeous DIY rug! This is the same idea as those potholder looms you buy as kid’s craft kits… But with a grown up result!



Remember latch hook rugs? I was always making ones of animals… well, in the likeness of animals, to be clear. Cats, horses, dogs. I always thought I would hang them on the wall, but it seems they never got there…(Thank goodness, but to be fair, I was 10.)  This version of a DIY latch hook rug is made with old t-shirts instead of yarn, and are perfect for warming up those cold floors! From ‘Xoelle’.



From ‘Yes, I made That’, this DIY felted stone rug is elegant, and looks like it could grace any upscale home. I’ve seen rugs just like this sell in modern furniture stores for thousands… (Ok, they were big…)



Lastly, if the felty, fuzzy and fabulous wasn’t enough, this coffee bag rug tutorial from ‘Maiden Jane’ is a throw rug just right for adding a conversation piece to your room!


Image Credits: Conversation Pieces, Free People, Pippa Patchwork, House that Lars Built, A Beautiful Mess, Viva le Jar, Xoelle, Yes, I Made That, Maiden Jane




  1. Jane March 5, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Thanks so much for sharing my coffee sack rug tutorial!

    1. Kathy Woodard March 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks for such a great project Jane!

      1. Janine April 16, 2016 at 6:03 am

        TYVM you’ve solved all my prbleoms

    2. Season C January 8, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Jane! I followed the link to your site, but can’t find a tutorial for that coffee bag rug. There is only a link to your etsy store, and the coffee bag rug is, sadly, not available. Do you still have that tutorial on your site somewhere? TIA!

  2. Season C January 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Kathy, is there any way you can fix some of the links on this article? Thank you!

    1. Kathy Woodard January 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Did not realize any of them were having issues, so thx for brining it to our attention! We will fix them ASAP!


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