DIY Canvas Rug

DIY Canvas Rug

Welcome peeps! It’s the first Wednesday of the month which means that it is time for our monthly DIY Challenge. Terrie from Decorate and More With Tip is our fearless leader. This month she posed the challenge of making something from canvas. So today I’m sharing a DIY canvas rug.

September DIY ChallengeI’m always amazed by the talented bloggers who participate in the challenge every month and this month is no different.

If you are coming here from  Gail’s, Purple Hues and Me, welcome!

Diy Canvas rug

                                             DIY Canvas Rug

I love to layer my entry rugs.

A pretty patterned rug followed by a doormat with a catchy slogan or shape just makes my heart patter!

Recently when I was planning what to do on the back porch I was a little stumped.

I wanted a rug that had navy, black, white and orange in it.

Something that matched the ribbon I had recently purchased.

However, I couldn’t find one anywhere.


So when Terrie said ” DIY canvas challenge” a light bulb went off.

I’ve had this roll of canvas just hanging out in my closet for years.

rug supplies


Here’s a list of the supplies you will need:


Acrylic Paint

Paint brush and paint markers



Sewing machine or glue

Blue Tape – I used two sizes 2 1/2 inch and 1 inch

cutting out rug

Step 1

Cut your canvas.

Since I wanted a finished rug to be 24″ x 36″, I cut my canvas 26″ x 38″.

pining canvas

On each edge, fold 1 inch into the center and pin.

Do this on all four sides.

sewing canvas rug

Step 2

Sew canvas.

Sew 5/8″ from the  pinned edge on all four sides.

TIP: If you don’t have a sewing machine you could use fabric glue!


painting rug

Step 3 and 4

Lay out your design on the finished side of the canvas.

Since I’m doing a large plaid, I found the center and marked my largest stripe using my 2 1/2″ blue tape.

Next, place your blue tape on both sides of the original tape.

Remove the center piece of tape, leaving the tape on either side.

Continue alternating and removing tape until you have stripes taped off on your rug.

Make sure you rub the tape down really well to prevent paint from bleeding underneath it.

Paint the large vertical stripes.

TIP: Remove the tape after you have finished painting the stripes.

painting rug

Step 5

Once the larger blue paint stripes have dried, mark off your smaller horizontal stripes.

Using a  1″ blue tape off your stripes.

Paint your stripes and remove the tape.

Let dry.

painting with marker

Step 6

Once the horizontal stripes are dry, it’s time to look and see if you have any bleeding.

I had a tiny bit of bleeding as it’s almost impossible not to have a small bleed here and there.

Honestly, small tiny ones don’t bother me.

I mean, real woven material isn’t totally a straight line, right?

If you do have a tiny bleed here and there you can fix this!

Using a paint marker and ruler, draw a straight line over your bleed.

Works like a charm and adds to the design!

heat setting rug

Step 7

Heat set your rug once it is completely dry.

I used my iron to do this.

No steam, just high heat.

TIP: be sure to cover the painted design with a clean lint free cloth as you are ironing.

scotch guard rug

Step 8

Spray with a scotch guard type spray to ensure that your rug is stain and fade resistant.


DIY Canvas Rug

My DIY canvas rug is done and ready to use.

The best part for me is that it mimics my ribbon.

This gives my patio a custom look.

It’s the little details like this that make a room sing.

Now please join me in heading over to  Jodie’s at The House House,  I can’t wait to see how she painted her artwork!

Also, at the bottom of the page I will leave a list of all the other participants so that you can see – and visit – all of their wonderful DIY canvas projects!

Until next time….



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DIY Canvas rug

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    1. Thanks Carol. I’m trying to clean out my craft closet and use as much of the stuff laying around as possible. I feel like its multiplying.. ha! It is truly an easy and fun project!

    1. Thanks Jodi! I am enjoying it for fall… now I’m thinking of making one for Christmas? Hmm… it really is a fun project.

  1. What a fabulous idea using canvas, Tammy! Your door mat looks amazing! You are so talented and creative! I love it!

    1. Thanks so much Paula. I’m super happy that I found something to do with the canvas. Feels so good to find a use for something just laying around and it’s useful too!

  2. Your entry is so stinkin’ cute! Makes me wish my daughter had left her canvas roll behind. However, I do have some Dollar Tree area rugs that just might find themselves getting a much needed makeover (hmmm….). So creative!

    1. Thanks Kelli! I say go for it…. it’s a fun craft and the fact that you can make it any color or design that you want is awesome! Send pics if you make some..I love to see what others are making!

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