Almost exactly a month ago, I shared a simple DIY inspiration for a denim woven rug or trivet and said I’d be back a week later with similar but different way to use up my denim strips. When I started typing up the how-to, I realized the way I went about constructing it wasn’t ideal so I tried it again, this time with glue to help me and a couple lessons learned.
I think the parquet inspired look is very fresh and modern and you are sure to come up with a clever way to use an item like this, like as a small rug, trivet or table top pot holder (if you sandwich some batting in), table runner, placemat, wall hanging, and more. Just like my previous denim project, because of the construction, spot cleaning is recommended.
Specific measurements depend on what size rug you want to make. The backing fabric will be the exact finished size of the rug and the binding will be the total perimeter of the rug, plus a little extra for overlap. Mine was 2″ wide so I could have a 1/2″ wide binding in the end. For a rug with four rows like this, the base fabric starts as two pieces. The formula to determine measurements is as follows: length is total desired length of rug and width for each base fabric piece is the overall finished width divided by two plus 2″. For example, let’s say you want a 16″ wide rug. You would cut two 10″ pieces (16/2+2). This factors in 1/2″ seam allowances.
First, glue one strip of denim on each base fabric piece to give you a starting point. One will be at a 30 degree angle, the other has to go in the opposite direction, at a 60 degree angle. And then continue gluing strips down at the angle set. (Note: I seamed two pieces of base fabric together to get the size I wanted.)
Continue until you have the base pieces completely covered. (Another note: If you look closely, you can see that I didn’t cover those tiny bits in the corners of the bottom piece. Those little bits were well within my 1/2″ seam allowances so I decided against that extra bulk. Use your judgement depending on how your strip placements play out.)
Alternate the pieces in the parquet/herringbone/chevron inspired layout. Most glues state that you should wait for the glue to fully dry before stitching. I completed my project up to this point one evening and then finished the next day so I unintentionally followed the rules that time. Go with the manufacture’s directions/warnings and/or your own intuition.