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DIY hanging rugs

DIY hanging rug // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I absolutely love rugs – i tend to gravitate towards southwestern, kilim and rag rugs for some reason. Which is a pretty wide range of styles, but whatever, i love them all.

It all started a few years ago when my friend Morgan started pin board for me to help me with my home decorating (follow it, seriously that girl is in my head, she has amazing taste). The rug above was the first i ever bought. It was from this lovely Etsy store, and it was a crazy splurge (called it a birthday present to myself). I adore it, but the problem with adoring it is that i freak out every time my kids walked across it – chocolate, mud, playdough, milk – they are the stuff of nightmares. So i decided it might be cool to hang it instead.

Which of course resulted in falling down a rabbit hole of all the different methods for hanging rugs. It’s a bit mind boggling, but apparently a lot of methods can be really damaging over the long term, which is something i’m pretty afraid of. So in the end after a lot of research, i created a binding strip of unbleached calico/muslin, and sewed along one end with long stitches. Its very secure, but will be easy to unpick with no damage should i desire to in the future. A simple rod and rope and it was up on the wall. I use 3M hooks right now because we’re renting – but something cuter and most likely wooden is in my mind for the future hooks.

Then of course i really fell in love with this idea and decided to hang one of my other small rugs that though very pretty, wasn’t really large enough to be functional in our home.

I’m pretty happy with how these turned out! Now i can admire them all the time, never worry about damage and they satisfy my desire for quirky wall hangings.

DIY hanging rug // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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10 years ago

Great idea! Your house is so cute!

10 years ago


You have shared a useful tips..

10 years ago

love it!! thanks for sharing! i needed some ideas for blank spaces