How to Make a Rug out of Leftover Carpet

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Leftover pieces of carpet are a fact of decorating life. Since most carpets come in 12-inch, or even 15-inch widths, some waste is seemingly inevitable. Not so, because a little craftiness can transform mere leftovers into a unique and striking rug. The result is great for a family room or a child's bedroom. Read on to learn how to make a rug out of leftover carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • Leftover carpet, rug (or samples)
  • <br>Marker
  • <br>Carpet tape
  • <br>Scissors
  • <br>Exacto knife
  • Assemble your detail pieces. Lay out your pattern by turning the remnant face down on the floor. Trace your pattern on the back with a good marker. Cut out the shapes with an exacto knife.

  • Lay out your pieces. Play around with the order, until you are fully satisfied.

  • Turn each piece over, so that your whole rug lay face down.

  • Run strips of carpet tape along the back of your remnants, to bind them together (duct tape also works, but it doesn't last as long).

  • Trim the edges. Add the detail pieces, and affix them as you did in Step 4.

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