* Ruffle Rug Tutorial * A Great Snowy Day Craft

It is cold and snowy outside.  The flu is rampant!  My family was even down for three weeks with illness!

With so much NOT to do inside, I found it a great opportunity to curl up on the ground in front of the fire and create!  I had all intentions of making a ruffle skirt for our Christmas tree this year, but then time slipped away and I didn’t start it until after the new year.

So, with no deadline at hand, I created a 60″ round ruffle rug in red and white that can fill space in our playroom during the upcoming Valentine’s day season and then again at Christmas!

Here is how you make it!

Step 1

I purchased a 60″ round tablecloth in the after Christmas sale. There is a pro and con to the one I chose.  The tablecloth is light blue with snowmen, so you can see the blue if the ruffles come out of place.  It is also meant for children, so it is a waterproof tablecloth (crinkly).  The pro, though, is that it has that fleecy type material on the underneath, which discourages slipping.  I am currently making a 35″ round rug for my son’s room and bought a nice thick fleece for the base.

Step 2

Purchase the materials that you would like to use.  The 60″ round was huge and I honestly didn’t know the undertaking that I had grasped.  I ended up needing 8 yards of red fabric and 8 yards of the cream colored fabric.  Also, make sure you own a glue gun and LOTS of glue sticks.  I probably used about 30-40 standard sized sticks.  This rug took a REALLY long time to make!

Step  3

Cut the fabric into 2-3″ wide strips.

Step 4

Begin.  Place a strip of glue down where you want to start and then place a small piece of fabric at the beginning ~ loop the material up and then bring back down.  You will continue this all the way around.

Step 5

Continue with the second row.  Whether you choose to alternate the colors or not, pick the next strip of fabric and begin gluing, making sure that there is enough overlap to cover the underlay.  You will continue this all the way around until you hit the center of the rug.

Step 6

The middle.  I guess I could have chosen to continue to ruffle all the way to the center, but I chose to create a rosette, in the cream material, in a grandeur way.  My rosette measures approximately 5″ in diameter.

Step  7

Step back and marvel in your feat!

Author: Melanie from Melanie Melugin Photography and Going Green with Noah


  1. 1
    Amanda Alvarado says:

    That looks so pretty! I don’t know that I’d have the patience to do it! LOL So you glued the ruffles to the tablecloth you bought, right?

  2. 2

    Yep!!! I could have sewn it, I guess, but I’m not sure my sewing machine could have handled it!

  3. 3

    This rug is awesome! Great tutorial, too. You make it look easy. I would have never thought of starting with a round tablecloth. I see them at thrift stores a lot. I’m pinning this one to make later. Would be great in my craft studio.

  4. 4

    Thank you!

  5. 5
    Sandy VanHoey says:

    You’re good….wow! I have no crafting skills at all but seeing things like this makes me wish I did

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    Janet W. says:

    Nice! You make it sound so easy but I don’t think there is hope for me! I certainly don’t have skills like you!

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    jamie braun says:

    wow! ive never seen one of these! so cool!

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    Robin Wilson says:

    You are creative to say the least. Patient without a doubt! I think that is so pretty. You could also use that for a tree skirt I bet. I don’t know how long it took, but I wouldn’t mind trying!

  9. 9

    That is such a gorgeous rug! I love how simple it is to create as well! it bet it can really brighten up a room.

  10. 10

    That’s lovely, and would really make a room look cozier! Plus it looks like a craft I could actually do.

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