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Topic: floor cloth (i.e. RUG) with tutorial (edited to fix pictures)  (Read 21584 times)
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« on: March 15, 2004 12:12:43 PM »

ok - finally finished my new dining room rug so thought i would share! here it is in situ  
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/insitu2.gif
and here's a shot of the whole thing
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/done.gif

basically here's how it works:

decide how big you want your finished rug to be (mine is 44" x 68") and add about 5" to each side. cut a piece of artist canvas to this measurement. (i used a medium weight cotton duck). prime the entire canvas with a water based acrylic. most people use white, but i used some leftover turqoise which then became my background. as long as the whole thing is covered it really doesn't matter. be sure and protect the surface of whatever you're working on as the paint will bleed thru. you may need to do 2 coats, espec. if you are using a color to start. let it dry overnight. the fabric will shrink as it dries.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/paintcanvas.gif
now, you are going to cut your rug again. add 2" to each side of your desired finished size and recut the rug. pinking shears will help cut down on any fraying, but the paint will control most of it. fold each side over to the back to make a 2" hem making a bevel on the ends for the corners. crease, flip over, and hot glue the hem in place. work slow and smooth as you go. after you've hemmed the whole thing go back and make sure the edges are flat and tight by slipping a little extra glue under any spots that stick up.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/hotgluehem.gif
now, flip the rug right side up and have fun!! decorate however you like. i invented an abstract pattern using acrylic paint, and fabric and wallpaper collage. mod podge works great for the collage.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/paintandcollage.gif
when you're satisfied with your design let it cure for a day so everything is nice and dry. the next day brush all the dog hair and dust off with a soft brush (unless you're like me and this is an impossible task) and cover the rug with 3 coats of water based polycrylic. (i used minwax) be sure to let dry at least 2 hours between coats.
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/varnish.gif
let it cure 24 hours and your ready to roll![
http://img48.photobucket.com/albums/v147/secondhandsmoke/insitu4.gif
depending on the traffic it gets you may want to revarnish once a year or so.

now i just need some new dining room chairs! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2004 12:39:50 PM »

Wow that rug looks excellent!! Good job!
I should try it for my new apartment.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2004 12:57:07 PM »

wow!!!  you blow my socks off.

that is outtasight!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2004 03:27:21 PM »

That is very cool ... I've made floor clothes before, used lots of stencils & sponges, but I had nver thought of adding fabric or wallpaper to them.  That is a cool idea!
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2004 09:38:42 AM »

this is exactly the cool, creative, and inspiring stuff i wanna see on craftster!
great work and super tutorial!

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2004 10:27:42 AM »

thank you for posting!  it's an awfully big project to experiment with-you've taken the guesswork out of it.
and i happen to want to trade in my matching dining room chairs for a mis-matched set like yours.
you make very cool stuff, and lots of it.  btw, you're site just keeps getting better. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2004 11:12:36 AM »

wow thats super, I didnt know you could decopague fabric to it, hmm. I have made floorcloths out of vinyl flooring remnants too, I wonder if I can deco. fabric to that? (wheels are spinning now)
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2004 01:34:09 PM »

I have made floorcloths out of vinyl flooring remnants too, I wonder if I can deco. fabric to that? (wheels are spinning now)
i don't know but if you figure it out please let me know. everybody says it's so much easier to use a linoleum scrap (lays flat, not hemming, etc) - i was just too lazy and cheap to go get one, but then my niece said she had a small piece if i wanted it so i may be making another one soon.

and thanks for all the supportive feedback everybody - glad you liked it!! (and leah, thanks for moving it to the right place!)  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2004 03:27:06 PM »

Thanks for posting your wonderful rug and tutorial! what a great idea. your rug looks great.
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2004 03:36:43 PM »

oh wow that looks great!!  ive never thought of making a rug!  thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
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