Parquet Inspired Denim Rug or Trivet Tutorial

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYAlmost 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.

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIY Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYYou’ll need:

  • denim strips around 1″ wide in various shades cut from old jeans (you can also use some twills like I did for more variation)
  • base fabric in a complimentary color (since some might peek through)
  • backing fabric
  • binding
  • fabric glue (Ideally a fabric glue stick. I used a Scotch Permanent Glue Stick which might not be specifically intended for fabric but seems to work well enough—and much cheaper than the fancy quilt/fabric glue sticks you buy in craft stores.)

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.

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYFirst, 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.)

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYContinue 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.)

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYTrim excess. Then cut the two pieces in half lengthwise to get four pieces.

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYAlternate 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.

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYStitch them together with 1/2″ seam allowances, pressing seams open in back.

Liesl Made : Denim Parquet Rug DIYPin to backing fabric and attach binding as desired.


  1. Reply
    Nat @ made in home August 15, 2013

    I love it! Great tutorial!

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    Fräulein Rucksack August 16, 2013

    Interesting, thanks for sharing!

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    sallock August 16, 2013

    Thanks for the tutorial! Nice way to re-use jeans :-) It looks unique!

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    Jojo August 16, 2013

    This is really simple but effective! You are very clever! X

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    Jenny February 9, 2014

    You inspired me to make a rug for my kitchen. I shared the link to your on my blog with my version of your rug. The photo of my rug is towards the end of my January post.

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