Shout out to all of us living above the Mason-Dixon line – today it’s 55-ish degrees out and it feels like we’re living in a tropical paradise. We’ve made it. And I’m exhausted to even have to say it again, but I am so.over.this.winter. Which is why when Erin and I relaunched the site a few months ago, we were ecstatic to see that the awesome folks at one of our favorite stores, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, had contacted us to take part in their spring National Craft Month campaign, we practically screamed with joy. Not only because it sparked a ton of amazing ideas, but because it means that may be the sun is going to come back afterall. (And click here for a $5 off coupon for you so you can take part, as well!)
We reviewed the four key trends for the spring season to guide our project – the lovely trend of orchid-inspired everything thanks to Pantone’s Radiant Orchid being color of the year, florals, nautical and geometric. For me, the choice was simple. I am an orchid nut, so I knew that would be the base. But I love a good floral in spring. So I decided to split the difference and make an orchid colored rug, with a floral-inspired print! I also gave it a switchable back so it can be changed out per season (was so proud of myself for thinking about that.) I picked a jacquard-style print, with a ribbon embellishment, also in orchid. Here is the finished product! The best part is, it only took me two hours. (Please ignore the blurriness of this pic. My nice camera ran out of battery near the end of the project, so this is an iPhone snap. The rest of the pics are good, swear.)
And here is the how-to!
First – I went on Jo-Ann’s Website and started shopping!* I immediately was drawn to this swatch of fabric.
Unfortunately, you can only now only get this in get an 8” x 8′ swatch but I bought the whole yard, like this. The indigo is lovely, IMO. The price came to an extremely affordable $14.99, which is awesome, because my rug is 3′ x 2′ which means I have a ton of fabric left over for more fun.
Then, I scooped up this lovely satin ribbon. I knew I wanted an embellishment of some kind, but I wasn’t quite sure what. I bought the ribbon and decided I’d figure it out later. For $2.99 it was a steal.
I actually already owned the other materials you’ll need for the project, but those are:
- Small roll of shelf liner
- Square velcro strips
- Fusible Web
Step 1: First things first – you have to measure your rug! I wanted it to be 3 feet long and two feet high, so I measured out 38 inches x 26 inches, so allow for a one-inch seam on all sides.
Step 2: Once you have everything measured, it’s time to cut!
Step 3: After cutting it out, give it a good iron to make it nice and flat. Then, begin pressing down a one-inch seam on all sides.
Step 4: Now, use the fusion tape to make those seams stick.
Step 5: Now, it’s time to work on the ribbon. After Pinterest-ing and Googling around, I finally found this cute little tutorial on Pinterest on how to braid a ribbon. It took me a couple tries to get the hang of it, but once I did, it took all of five minute to whip a braid into shape.
I finished the braid by using just a little thread to hold everything in place. You can use hot glue, too, but I wanted to perhaps wash this at some point, so the glue didn’t seem like a permanent solution. I also added a little loop on the back end, just so that it looked more finished.
Step 8: Now, attach your embellishment to the rug with a few more stitches. My camera died on this step, so sadly I don’t have a photo. But! You can also glue it down if that’s easier.
Step 9: Almost done! Flip your rug over and give it one more good iron. Now it’s time to attach your backing. I realized that if I attached the backing with Velcro, I can reuse it for future rugs! I put Velcro in the four corners.
Step 10: Now flip over, and you’re done!
A big thank you to Jo-Ann who provided the inspiration for this project! As always, we want our reader to know that Jo-Ann generously provided a gift certificate to purchase the items to complete this craft, but the positive opinions expressed on the materials and online experience were all our own!
Let us know what you’re making for spring!