Until recently, our foyer had a pathetic little rug. It was a tiny mat that didn’t match anything and was completely undersized. What’s even worse is that it didn’t even come close to doing the job it was supposed to do. It held pretty much zero dirt that we brought in from our shoes, and it slid across the floor every time we stepped on it.
What we really needed in the foyer was something simple and tough, since the texture of the slate floor is so busy and it’s a space that gets a lot of foot traffic. It seemed that every rug we liked was just a little too much for something that is mostly meant to catch dirt. We love a good deal so it took a little longer to fill the space, but we finally found the solution at World Market. These seagrass rugs come in a 3′ x 5′ size for $20 and a 5′ x 8′ version for $50. So the price was definitely right.
Unfortunately, we needed a 4′ x 6′ rug. But it turns out that these rugs are made of 1′ x 1′ squares that can be taken apart easily. Awesome! So we bought two of the 3′ x 5′ rugs, cut them apart and sewed them together to make our rug a perfect fit.
The whole process was pretty simple, and only took about 2 hours. First we cut off a row of 3 squares from each rug.
There were also 3 strands of seagrass between the sections that had to be removed along with the squares.
The original plan was to sew the rugs together with strong and invisible fishing line. However, the rugs were packaged with matching twine that worked even better and was completely seamless.
We didn’t use any special stitches, just looped it through both sides to get the job done. The rug turned out pretty great, and there was even enough left over to make a small mat for the side door.
In the end, we spent $40, saved $10, and got a rug for the foyer and a mat for the side door. Was it worth the extra effort? We think so.