I had to run to Old Time Pottery the other day for a few cheap plastic serving spoons for my daughter's swim team dinner. I rarely go in there, mostly because I get overwhelmed when I walk in. If you've never been, it's a massive warehouse of housewares, linens, candles, pet supplies, seasonal items, lighting and artificial flowers. The vast majority of the items found there are pretty cheap. Cheap as in inexpensive because they're pretty crappily (is that a word?) made. Cheap crap. But sometimes you find something that's a "good" cheap.
I found these rag throw rugs for $4 each. I would have loved to find larger versions of these, but they measure about 2 1/2 ' x 18 inches. It hits me - maybe I can make a larger version by zigzagging them together with my sewing machine. Experiment on.
|Start with 2 rag rugs. The thicker, the better. Sometimes you'll find these made with a thinner feel. which I'm sure would work, but I'm sure would wear out pretty easily. The ones I bought are nice and chunky and thick.|
|Roll up one rug so it slides through the neck of your sewing machine easily. Make sure you leave the correct end out.|
|Yes, my baseboards need painting. Don't judge me.|
Et voila. Turned out just like I wanted it to. I now have a 5' hallway runner for $8! To keep this in place, use a rug pad, rug tape or my technique- I keep all of our worn-out bath mats and use them as rug pads. I have a large rectagular one that, cut in half lengthwise, fits perfectly under this runner.
I'm so going back for more of these. I need to replace all of my entry rugs and kitchen mats. Cute, cheap and handmade. Awesome sauce.