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DIY Projects That Started Out as Rugs and Became Something Totally Different

Sometimes you’re working on a DIY project, and it turns out entirely different than what you planned. That’s what happened with these rugs!

DIY Projects That Started Out as Rugs And Became Something Else Entirely

Rugs are a surprisingly good foundation for a variety of DIY projects; they provide automatic shape, structure and texture upon which to build. Flat-woven ones in particular tend to be affordable, durable and often feature pretty patterns. I would have dreamed of turning a rug into a dress — until I came across from brilliant tutorials from brilliantly creative minds. Check out some amazing DIY projects made with simple rugs:

1. Fringe Rug Bag

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Get stylish with this super cool, easy to sew rug bag. Tutorial here.


2. DIY Wall Art

Just hang a rug of your choice that will complement your room and voila! Instant wall art piece.


3. Headboard

Turn your rug into a head-turning headboard.  Tutorial here.


4. Bohemian Pillows

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Let the pillow party begin! It's been a heck of a week trying to get these pillows launched by my birthday (which was yesterday–fail) but they are live on etsy now in this peachy-coral colorway and also a turquoise-peach colorway in several patterns. . This view shows some of the pillows turned backwards. I decided to use the wide selvage of the fabrics on the backside to minimize waist, and I love the random,asymmetrical fields and striping it adds to the mix which provides so many styling options from full pattern to a more minimal, color-blocked look.⠀ .⠀ I teamed up with a US pillow manufacturer to offer eco pillow forms made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and unbleached cotton cases, seen here and also available in the etsy shop. This is a one time, limited production from handloomed fabrics I sourced myself in India so once they're gone they're gone. A new project blog post is up on the website with more images and bits of the process for anyone curious–link in profile! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #bohemiantextiles #globaltextiles #tribaltextiles #ikat #ikattextiles #bohotextiles #bohemianpillows #bohemianhome #bohemianstyle #bohemiandecor #ihavethisthingwithtextiles #indiantextiles #indiastyle #indiadesign #pillowparty #dspattern #dscolor #disfunkshinmag #globalstyle #globaldecor #tribalstyle #tribaldecor #sodomino #apartmenttherapy #showmeyourboho #stellarspaces #homemagic #dominomag #golddustgoods

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The secret of achieving the textured pillow case. Rag rugs! Details here.


5. Rug Ottoman

Upholster your old ottoman and turn into a brand new beautiful piece. Tutorial here.


6. DIY Rug Bench

Gorgeous! Details here.


7. Mini Skirt

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This is just genius! Details here.


8. Bodycon Dress

I thought no. 7 was genius until I found this. Tutorial here.


9. Hairpin Bedside Bench

Chic and fab! Tutorial here.


10. Storage Bin

Keep things organized by creating a cute storage bin from a rug. Details here.

11. Homemade Rug Tote

A lovely tote bag. Who would have thought it was made from rug? Tutorial here.


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