Monday, January 30, 2012

DIY Area Rug: Beginnings!

So I think this may be the record for my most annoying project plan yet.  A fully customized, hand-made rug!

And not just a rug, but a BIG rug! Big enough to cover this living room of ours.
The plan is for a tri-colored, 10' x 6' rug.

I'll need four of these rug forms:
Though we've only purchased one so far since they are $10 each at Joann's and I only buy with 40% off coupons.  Each one is 3'x5' though, so they are already fairly large!
We spent nearly an hour at Michael's deciding on yarn.  Color, thickness, softness - it's all important!  We settled on trying out this dark red, brown and beige combo:
Which, randomly enough, perfectly matched our dining table/chair/tablecloth. I am not even kidding, I did not plan it that way.  My subconscious scares me sometimes.
Anyway, we're going to latch hook this rug! And it's going to take...forever!
One hour later..hopefully it gets faster as you go?

But when we finish, it will be awesome, and custom, and hopefully cost-effective (though I'm not holding my breath, we need over 9 miles of yarn according to Sak's calculations).
I'll share more details on pattern and exact measurements later depending on how this goes! Wish me luck!

Have you ever latch-hooked before? It's my first time!


  1. Oh goodness, this is such a huge project! But you'll be so proud when you're finished and have exactly what you want. Area rugs are very pricey, so I'd love to see if this saves you $ :)

  2. Oh my gosh, my hand may have cramped up just thinking about it! I had a latch-hook kit when I was little, it was a unicorn design that I got for my birthday. I don't think I ever finished it, though it was looking pretty good from what I remember. So you're cutting the yarn by hand, too? I hope Sak will help with that part. =) Yeah, area rugs are so expensive, I hope this saves you a ton of money (especially with all the great yarn sales and coupons Joann and Michaels both have)!

  3. Oh wow! I can't imagine the amount of time it will take to complete, but I'm sure it's going to look amazing when you're done!

  4. Can I say you're nuts with the utmost respect and admiration? :oP

  5. oh man, only you two would tackle something like this--i know it's going to be great!

  6. Oh my gosh - this is going to be awesome. I love that you're tackling this yourself!

  7. Wow, I can't wait to see how this is going to turn out! I know all the work will be worth it though!

  8. WOWWW, I sorta want to say this is crazy! can't wait to see how it turns out though!

  9. Omg.. I haven't done this since I was a kid! Please give us updates. I really want to know how long this takes and how it turns out and cost an everything!

  10. Have you thought about how this is going to hold up for the long term? As I remember latch hook rugs aren't very full or thick. Also can you vacuum it? It would be sad to spend so much time on it and then have the vacuum suck up all your work the first time you clean it. Also how much does the yarn shed? Does it fray? These are probably things to consider before diving head first into this.

  11. How far along are you? Any updates yet?

    1. We're a little over 1/8th complete. I had to take a break to study for my exam, but I've been getting back to the hook now! Hopefully ill have some more progress to show soon :P

  12. I hope you finished! I love your Triforce background!


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