Saturday, April 30, 2011

Carpet Scrap Transformation - Door Mat Tutorial


 I am so excited about this project! I wanted to join in on the April Ucreate "Create With Me" challenge, which was to paint a rug. I didn't want to buy a rug to paint as I didn't need one - so I wasn't expecting to  partake in this challenge. Then one day I walked by my back door and saw this....


...and a light bulb went on. This is an old carpet scrap that came with our house when we bought it. I don't like throwing things away so it got stuck at the back door. This challenge was just what I needed to come out of my creative shell and do something I have never done before. This carpet scrap was getting a transformation. 

Here is what I did:
1) Prep the carpet: I washed the mat as best I could with a carpet cleaner. After it was dry I vacuumed it. 


2) Cut the carpet: I cut the carpet into a crescent shape. I drew the lines on the back and cut with an exacto knife and scissors. 

3) Paint: After a little bit of reading up on how to paint a carpet, I decided to buy latex paint. This little can was about $5 and I really didn't use much from the can. I stirred the paint with a popsicle stick and painted with an art brush. Latex washed up easily with warm water and soap. I used the carpet scraps to practice painting on to see how the paint went on and what I was going to paint.


I free handed painting on a silhouette of grasses. My inspiration was a stamp I saw in a Stampin Up catalog. I painted a black frame around the whole carpet.

4) Finish Edge: I sewed on an edge to finish the carpet. This took a LONG time. I found the biggest needle in my supplies - this was in my great grandmothers sewing kit. I used jute for the thread. I hammered the needle through the carpet - making sure I had the a double layer of scrap carpet underneath to save my floor. I had to start a new thread once in a while so each time I needed new thread I would double knot it on the bottom of the mat and cut off the excess jute. 


Four hockey games later, two of them overtime games,  I finished the edge of my mat. 

I am so excited about this transformation! My husband likes it so much he wants it at the front door.
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25 comments:

  1. OMG! It does not even look like the same carpet scrap. You did a fabulous job! I love it!!!

    Dee

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  2. It looks fantastic - I'm really keen on the design you painted! It's so green to reuse what you have :-)

    Jem xXx

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  3. Looks really nice and definitely one of a kind.

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  4. WOW! It was worth the hard work! Love it!

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  5. This is so fantastic! I love how the jute looks on the perimeter! :)

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  6. Wow, I'm super impressed! Nice work!

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  7. This is awesome. I have some carpet scraps and am very inspired.

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  8. Hey Sue....I saw your feature on Ucreate! Congrats! If you'd like to feature this on my site, I'd love for this to be your project!! :)

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  9. awesome tutorial. great repupose!! i totally thought it was a store bought rug at first. i would love for you to link it up at our Sister Sunday link Party.
    Amy
    www.Sistersofthewildwest.blogspot.com

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  10. Awesome! I have a couple scraps that could be put to this use!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/05/calling-all-crafters-5th-edition.html

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  11. oh my gosh, that looks great! that stitch around the outside really makes it-that must have been hard!

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  12. Love it!! Great job freehanding. I would love it if you would link this up to my party A Marvelous Mess....each week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here is the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/05/marvelous-mess-11.html

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  13. Now I wish I had a carpet scrap lying around! Looks great; thanks for sharing.

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  14. What a perfect idea!!! The edges look so nice too! Thanks for sharing. Your newest follower.

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  15. Wow Sue this is so impressive. I love the edging - so clever and creative! Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today.
    Hope you are enjoying your week
    ~ Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  16. Totally brilliant! Wish I had a carpet scrap....

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  17. WOW! This is great :) Please come on over and link up to MMM!

    http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/

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  18. Kudos to you for hand stiching the binding on the carpet. I would not have the patience for that at.all.

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  19. Way to go, that looks super!

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  20. What a cute idea, love how you gave it a finished look by binding the edges.
    I am your newest follower....would love for you to visit my blog.
    have a great day,
    Regina

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  21. This is great -- what patience you have to do all of that stitching! Turned out fantastic!

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  22. i agree. It really takes lots of patience to stitch such as beautiful rug like the one featured above. A good job indeed!

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