Beginner-friendly tutorial for making a DIY checkerboard rug on a budget! No specialist tools are needed. Affiliate links in post.
Was this DIY rug easy, affordable and cute? Yes. Will I ever attempt to do it again? Probably not.
Hello, my friends, and welcome to the checkerboard rug tutorial that I am finally posting. If any of you follow me over on TikTok, you may have seen this months ago and to that I say . . . nothing really. Your girl is very much behind schedule.
Back to the rug, though. As many crafting enthusiasts are, I am obsessed with the craft blog Collective Gen. She’s always making the most stunning creations and giving my Amazon Prime subscription a workout. (Well, you have to use it for it to be cost-effective right?)
Back in March, Collective Gen posted a tutorial on making custom rugs . . . and I simply had to recreate it myself!
Now, I’ll tell you guys the truth: this was not my favourite craft. I 100% recommend recreating it at home for a stylish and budget-friendly statement rug. It’s worth the time investment for sure. But my ADHD brain just did not enjoy having to spend a weekend cutting two big rugs into squares. Way too repetitive for my tastes.
That said, it is one of the easiest crafts to follow along with at home – and you can’t really go wrong! (Unless you do, but that’s on you boo.) Plus, if you’re someone who can pop on a few movies and sit and cut squares for a few hours, you’ll be fine.
Honestly, I think the final version of this rug is a whole ass vibe. The colour palette is neutral enough to suit most decor schemes but you could really jazz it up! A pastel yellow and sage combination would be super cute.
What You Need:
- 2 x soft rugs in your chosen colours. (These rugs are $20.99 from Amazon)
- Carpet seaming tape
- A non-slip rug mat
- Xacto knife
How To Make:
Check out my TikTok tutorial below – the written how-to is below:
- Decide how large you want your checkerboard squares to be and cut a piece of cardboard down to size.
- Working on the bottom/foam side, use an xacto knife to cut your rugs into squares. Use the cardboard as a guide to help! Make sure that you’re doing this on a covered surface. While you do this, seperate the edges and corner pieces for easy access later. (You can try doing this with sharp fabric scissors but I had no luck.)
- This is the fun part! Line your squares up in a checkerboard pattern, foam/bottom side up, and tape them together. Align the edge pieces and corners to create a more finished look.
- Place a non-slip mat under the rug and you’re done!
See – it’s definitely not a difficult craft, just a little time-intensive! If you’re in the northern hemisphere and the weather’s starting to cool down, this could be a great weekend project though.
Some styling ideas:
Now, if I were endlessly rich and I hadn’t left the rug in Canada, here are some of the home decor pieces I would love to style it with.
Alright, my friends, we shall end at the end! I hope you guys enjoyed this craft. Would you try this yourself? What colour combination would you pick? Let me know your thoughts below!