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If you would have asked me what the perfect décor scheme was just 4 short months ago I would have told you “anything goes!” If I found something I liked no matter the color or the style I would plonk it down in the middle of my world and call it good. I’ve had some of the brightest and loudest area rugs you’ve ever seen and I loved them. My favorite chair was an incredibly bright yellow and my next favorite was hot pink velvet. Yep. Hot pink. It’s actually now my sister’s hot pink velvet chair because in the last few months I’ve been toning things in my little world way down.
I’ve always spent a lot of time at house being a blogger that works from home but I also managed to get out of the house quite a bit. But with the pandemic I’ve also spent most all of my leisure time at home, too. And I’ve got to tell you that at a certain point my brightly colored and mismatched stuff all over the place started to be too much.
So I switched things up…
with newly painted greige walls and a neutral palette with lots of light wood tones and a lot less décor and knickknacks lying around. And I’ve got to tell you it’s so comfy and cozy and calming and I just love it. With a design scheme in place I’m starting to replace some of the more used items in other parts of the house. Today I’m tackling something for my dogs to lay on around the house. My floor is tile and it’s bad for my big dog Ollie’s elbows and he’s got the calluses to prove it. Blankets on my tile are disaster waiting to happen because things are just too slick.
So today I’m super stoked because I’m making this incredibly neutral and totally cool looking memory foam patterned rug. (And I’ve got to tell you I have always loved a good DIY rug project!) Once this first rug was finished I instantly knew that I’m going to be making several others… one for every place Ollie loves to hang out! This mat isn’t just for dogs, though… Place yours in front of your kitchen sink, by the front door, any place that you could use a little pop of style and cushion!
Supplies Needed for a DIY Patterned Rug :
- 20″ x 40″ Neoprene Comfort Kitchen Mat (Mine is from Target)
- Cricut Iron-On, Black
- StandardGrip Machine Mat
- Cricut Design Space Cut File
How to Make a DIY Patterned Rug with Your Cricut
Get your Cricut set up and let’s get to making this fun patterned rug!
Cut & Weed Your Design
Click the link to open the cut file for this project in Cricut Design Space. Resize the columns of print and determine how many of each section you will need for your own rug. Cut the Iron-On according to your machine directions. Cut to separate each section and then fully weed.
Quick tip – Roll masking tape around your hand 2 times and place on top of your work surface to hold onto all of those little hexagons you’ll be weeding out!
Plan the Placement of Each Section of the Design
Lay your rug or mat out flat and then place your sections down alternating the pattern and spacing out as evenly as possible.
Just Add Heat.
Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 230° at 30 seconds. Place the press directly on top of the carrier sheet of your patterned rug design and apply gentle pressure. Pick up the press and repeat to tack down all sections of the design. Do not remove the carrier sheet until all of the design has been set.
When the full design is in place and the carrier sheet has cooled, gently peel the clear sheet away. Remove the sheet slowly and if any of the Iron-On is not fully adhered to the rug replace the full sheet and apply heat to the section of the design to tack it down. Gently and slowly peel the warm carrier sheet and if the design sticks move on to the next!
Always take care to NOT apply heat directly onto the iron-on. Make sure the carrier sheet (or a Teflon sheet) is always on top of the Iron-On to prevent burning it (which essentially ruins it and makes a mess of your iron or press!)
Quick Tip – An EasyPress Mini is the PERFECT tool to touch up and tack down stray Iron-On!
Before putting your rug into use gently run your hand over the design. Tack down any unsecured pieces first covering the iron-on and then applying heat just to that area of the design.
Put Your Fun Patterned Rug to Good Use!
Isn’t my Carly up there the cutest dog? That DIY patterned rug is pretty spectacular, too! My plan for these nicely cushioned mats is to make several and put them throughout the house where my big dog Ollie likes to lay down. I’ve got tile floors and big boy is starting to have some trouble with elbow calluses and hopefully he’ll take to the new mats that will help his elbows out! I just hope Carly feels like sharing :)