Basic DIY: How To Make A Rug With A Paperclip
Alternate Title: Your new name is (insert first name until after the first syllable and then add Gyver to it.) You are caught in the biggest design dilemma of your life. With no way out. You have to save an entire room design with a single paperclip. This is what you do. I mean, it may be a little long, but it totally would work right?!
If your name is Mandi your McGyver name is MaGyver. Coincidence? I think not. (I will thank you later Mom!)
We are talking, you have a funky size requirement, or can’t find a rug in the size/color/pattern that you are dreaming of, or want to be cheap.
Or if you are feeling extra unlucky all 3.
I dont know about your Homegoods/TJ Maxx but every one that I seem to visit have the same situation going on. Big rugs? None. Small Rugs? 5 zillion. Those are not good odds my friends. And living in Southern Utah, where my options are HG or Target, sometimes you have to let your inner McGyver duct tape his way into your heart.
To make a rug you will need at least 2 smaller rugs, but up to as many as your little heart desires. If you have a large area to fill then you will need more.
1 roll of heavy duty twine
1 small paperclip bent in 1/2
The best rugs for the job are ones that are flat woven. They make this project much easier. And they are reversible, so all is not lost when your kid *cough* husband spill something on it.
Make sure that your pattern lines up and that you are using the same side of the rug if you are going for a continuous pattern.
Not like this:
“Thread” your paperclip with the twine. Push it through one of the end loops of your rug. Pokey ends first. *If you have a knitting needle that will absolutely work too. But for my life, this is what tends to happen.
Pull enough of the twine through the loop that you will be able to stitch the entire length of your rug. Its much easier to do this now than to try and coax it through 39 loops.
Feed it through a loop on the other rug. Keep it uniform and pretty, it looks better and is easier that trying to skip around. I did mine through all of the white cotton loops.
This is a great project to do while you catch up on your fave tv show or all of the news coverage about Miley’s Twerking fiasco.
To finish it off just knot it a few times and cut your twine.
I made my rug to fit this hard to fit space in my living room.
It totally brightens up the corner, compared to the last one that I had there.
Each of my rugs were 2.5×4 so my finished rug size is 4×5 and it is just the right size.
And the other good news? You now have a McGyver name. Which basically means that you are cooler than roughly 79% of the population.