Did you know you can turn a rug into a basket? We didn’t—at least not until the amazingly talented DIY pro Amy of Delineate Your Dwelling clued us in! We’re so excited to share her brilliant upcycled rug basket DIY with you right here, complete with all the steps and materials you need to pull it off with ease (seriously—it’s actually super simple!).
“Who knew creating functional storage through repurposing rugs would look so great?” Amy says (we have to agree!). “I love being able to have an organized home, but having things organized in beautiful ways is even better!” Again, we totally agree! Keep on scrolling to get to the project—and we’ll let Amy take it from here!
Step 1: Select Your Rugs
“The most important item needed to create these baskets is rugs! I used three beautiful Rugs USA rugs: the Iris Totem Indoor Outdoor rug, Faded Stripes Fringed Gray Rug, and Temporal Medallion Tassel rug.
I love the color that the Temporal Medallion Rug brings, and the material is so soft. However, the Faded Stripes rug just might be my very favorite! Black and white colors are always a classic, and the addition of fringe adds such texture and warmth.
When selecting rugs to turn into baskets, be sure to use ones that have a nice backing to them. If you select a jute rug, it will be too soft and won’t keep its shape very well. Indoor/outdoor rugs work well, as do low-pile or even plush rugs as long as they have a sturdy backing to them.
Any size rug will work for this project—however, you really only need a 3’ x 5’ for this rug basket DIY.”
Step 2: Gather Supplies
Aside from rugs, you’ll also need:
- Black permanent marker
- Scissors (paper and strong sewing scissors)
- Straight edge or ruler
- Hot glue gun with glue *optional
- Rug basket template printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper (download the template for free here!)
- Clear tape
Step 3: Put Together Your Rug Basket DIY Template
“After downloading your rug basket DIY template, print and cut out each of the large numbered shapes. Use the first page as your reference, and once all the pieces are cut, tape them together using clear tape to match the image above.
Once your template is constructed, cut out the rectangles on pages two and eight, then cut the dashed lines on pages one, three, seven, and nine.”
Step 4: Trace the Template on Your Rug
“Turn your rug over, and using the black permanent marker, trace the paper template shape onto the backside of the rug.
Make sure to mark out the rectangles and dashed lines, too.”
Step 5: Cut Out Your Rug
“Using strong sewing scissors, slowly begin to cut out the traced shape from your rug. Don’t be afraid to bend the rug to cut along the tricky dashed lines.
Once your rug is fully cut out, you will have something that looks like the image above.”
Step 6: Fold the Rug Into a Basket
“Next, turn your rug over so the backing is facing up, and begin to fold. Pieces one and three will fold onto each other. Line up the two slits on each of those pieces, and then weave piece two through the slits to secure. Repeat this process on pieces seven and nine, weaving piece eight through to secure.
When you’re done, piece five will be on the bottom, and pieces four and six will make up the longer sides.
Once the rug basket has been folded together, feel free to trim off any fly-away rug fibers or threads.
Then, using a hot glue gun, add hot glue to the end pieces to give your baskets a finished look. This step isn’t necessary, as the folding process will keep everything together, but it does give it a cleaner feel.”