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5 DIY Rugs

5 DIY Rugs

Have you ever seen a tag on a carpet that said it contained “unknown man-made fibers.” Are you scared of the “unknown?” If it’s hanging off a carpet or rug, you should be.

“Unknown” carpet or rug fibers are generally made from a cocktail of synthetic fibers such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, or polypropylene. These fibers are treated with fire retardants, anti-static treatments, fungicides, dye and adhesives made of VOCs. Carpets are backed with polyurethane, synthetic latex, or PVC. Take a whiff. You can even smell the chemical odors of new carpets and rugs wafting up from the floor when you bring one home.

On an even stinkier note, do you know where carpets go to die? You guessed it, the landfill. Now that “unknown” cocktail is leaching into the ground and water for years and years to come.

Like wallpaper, makers and buyers of carpets and rugs are acutely aware of the environmental damage of this home decor product, and have begun to make changes. In the world of green home design, carpets and rugs are experiencing an eco-awakening.

One such carpet company, FLOR has a strong commitment to sustainability. With eco-standards for providing low-VOC’s, FLOR’s design mission blends form and function, and includes a commitment to be environmentally responsible. Their dedication to caring for the planet carries over from design and manufacturing to reclaiming and recycling old FLOR carpets and rugs into new.

Don’t want to lay down the bucks for a new carpet? Then make your own rugs. While I love the look of wood, bamboo or cork floors, nothing cozies up a room like a rug. They can even become mini-versions of carpet when put together. The DIY projects on the next page vary in cost and difficulty.


5 DIY Rugs

1. Little House in the Suburbs provides the DIY instructions for making a no-sew rag rug.

2. A recycled sweater rug from Home Workshop is pure genius.

3. This rug shown on Apartment Therapy is put together using inexpensive small area rugs.

4. ThreadBanger provides instructions on how to make a cute Rag Rug.

5. This rug found over on the Craftzine blog is so inspirational. It is made from recycled blankets and would be an amazing DIY project.


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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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4:29AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Shag Rugs are Handwoven Rugs made from differents kinds of yarns. Dense and plush, all shag rugs are prepared using wool or polyester depending on the designs. Shag area rugs make a fun addition to any fashionable space by incorporating texture to the room.

2:32PM PST on Feb 22, 2014

been looking at the prices for area rugs - think I'll make my own. a couple great ideas here. thank you !!

5:36PM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Thank you.

5:35PM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Thank you.

4:55PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Thanks for the links - I love that truly no-sew rag rug.

Just a head up - the threadbanger link is redirecting to the threadbanger youtube site, but not to the individual rug.

11:31AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Good ideas,thanks for sharing

9:46AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013


8:32PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

interesting article. Wish the comments were on topic tho!

9:00PM PST on Feb 13, 2013


1:08PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Great! I'm going to check out your blog!!

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