June 21, 2012

DIY Fabric Floorcloth

Mr. Roar and I are heading to Club Med in Florida today.  (You can follow our trip there on Twitter or Facebook.)  Today while I'm gone we have an AWESOME guest post.  Jess and Monica from East Coast Creative offered to post here for the day.  I recently fell in love with their blog.  It is pack with gorgeous decor and great ideas.  They have a fantastic project to share with you today.  Welcome ladies!
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Hey there! It's Jess from the East Coast Creative, (formerly The Real Housewives of Bucks County). My best friend, Monica, and I specialize in DIY and design, but most of all, we try to keep it real about our successes and failures along the way. We consider ourselves super lucky to be able to blog together and would love it if you would on by for a visit!



 I'm super excited to share this project with you because it opens up a whole world of possibilities for us DIYers who would rather make something custom than buy it at the store. Did you know you can make a floor cloth (basically a floor mat) out of fabric? You totally can. Hallelujah! Plus, it's so ridiculously easy you'll want to make one for every room of your house! Let's get right down to business, shall we?




Step 1: Gather your materials.
Fabric: the amount depends on the size of your mat. I used about 3/4 yard for my kitchen mat, and
1 1/2 yards for my entryway mat)
Rubber Mat Runner: I've seen similar floor mats made with vinyl flooring remnants, but I wanted something sturdy with traction and this fit the bill! Found at Home Depot in the flooring section.
Spray Adhesive
Water-based Polyurethane
Scissors
Duct Tape


Step 2: Using your scissors, cut your rubber mat to size.
I wanted an octagonal shape for my kitchen so I measured the angles and then cut accordingly.




3. Measure and cut your fabric to size. Leave approximately 2-3 inches all the way around your rubber mat, because you'll be wrapping the fabric around it later. Don't forget to iron your fabric before moving to the next step! I used two different fabrics for two different mats. I had extra fabric from the pendant light I made for my kitchen. It's called Waverly Solar Flair in Lime and Indigo, and it's fabulous. I can't remember the name of the other fabric- sorry! But I love.them.to.pieces. (I realize that loving fabric that much is wierd, but I'm ok with that)


4. Determine your fabric placement. Then fold the fabric back about halfway and spray the rubber mat with spray adhesive. Fold the fabric back down, smoothing out the bubbles and wrinkles as you go. Lift the other side of fabric up and repeat that method.  The fabric should stick well to the rubber mat.


Don't mind me...just loving on my fabric while smoothing out the wrinkles.


5. Brush a water-based polyurethane on to your fabric. Make sure it's water-based so that your fabric doesn't yellow! This will seal your fabric and protect it from water. You'll also be able to wipe the mat down should anything spill on it (let's be honest, I wish I could poly every surface in my house for this reason). I did 3 coats of poly, letting it dry completely in between coats.


6. Once the final coat has dried, lay your mat fabric-side down on the ground.  Begin folding the edges of the fabric towards the center of the rubber mat. Spray each edge with adhesive and press down until it sticks. Then take your duct tape and run it along the edges to create a seal. No one will see the underside of your mat and you'll want the extra security the duct table provides!


To create perfect corners, just follow these simple steps:
1. Grab the corner and fold up towards the center of the mat.
2. Fold one side up flush against the edge of the rubber mat to create a straight line.
3. Fold the opposite side up in the same way until both sides meet in the middle.


Once you've finished duct taping, you're done! Lay your floor cloth down and admire your handiwork. So easy, and so cute! Here's the one I made for the entryway (It's 4 feet by 2 feet, if you were wondering):



And the one for my kitchen:



Because this mat already has traction, it doesn't slide around really at all. However, if you wanted extra stay-put-ability, just run a line of caulk around the edges where the fabric is, and it will better grip the floor.

We'd love for you to stop on over to visit us at East Coast Creative. Monica, and I are always up to something! Thanks so much for having me, Cheri!




jess


Thanks so much Jess.  And the rest of you might want to take a trip to East Coast Creative and check out some more great ideas.  Thanks for reading.

90 comments:

  1. SERIOUSLY. AWESOME!!! I'll be making one (or EIGHT) of these, for my house! And, you gals just got yourselves a new faithful follower!

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  2. Cheri - I'm so jealous...in a good way! And this tutorial is super cool! Love it! I had no idea this was sooo easy :)

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  3. I absolutely love this post. I will definately make this one for myself. Thanks so much ladies! You rock!

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  4. I so super love this! I need a mat! And some fabric! STAT! :)

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  5. What a timely post. I was just picking out fabric today to make a floor cloth for my living room. First tutorial I've seen with the rubber mat, what a great idea!

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  6. This is amazing!! I will absolutely be making this for my kitchen! Is this thing really stain-proof? I have an 11 month old who loves to throw his food all over the floor & I don't want my hard work to go to waste if it stains! Thank you so much, this is beautiful, I will be over on your blog right away!:)

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    1. Waterproof fabric should work if you don't mind it glossy. You can easily wipe food off :)

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  7. oh this is a great idea!!! i love it!

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  8. love this idea! I have one of those nice cushy pleather mats but it is so ugly, I was thinking of trying to paint it but I like this idea better! thanks for all the wonderful tutes!! :)

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  9. I love this idea and your finished product, but I'm wondering what the cost of materials was for you? It seems that it would be much higher than purchasing a premade rug. Thanks!

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  10. Such a great idea and your rugs look awesome!

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  11. Yes, Yes...Yes...yes, yes!! AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for a great idea and tutorial too. ( i love the 4 x 2 feet) number 4 on vase with 2 shoes for 2 feet... heeeheee clever-cuteness). ;D

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  12. I can't WAIT to try this!!! I haven't had any rugs in my kitchen because I never can find anything I like. What's the name of the blue/green circular fabric? It would match my kitchen perfectly!

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  13. How do you clean it? It look like a lot of work if I can't clean it regularity.

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  14. I'm also wondering how to clean it. We seriously wash our kitchen floor mat every month (at least!).

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    1. Hey Melissa,
      Because of the poly on it, it just wipes clean with a wet cloth. I (Monica) made one for my dog's dishes and it gets nasty and gross, but then wipes up really nicely! :)
      Thanks!

      Monica & Jess

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    2. Love this idea...thanks for sharing! I think I would pink or serge the fabric edges pre-gluing though--cause I'm weird like that! ')

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  15. I was wondering about the cost of the mat :) great tutorial!!!

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  16. I was wondering about the cost of the mat :) great tutorial!!!

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  17. You could use oil cloth or laminated cloth and skip the poly step.

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  18. Where do you get your fabrics? I struggle to find such cute fabrics for an affordable price..

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  19. This is a great idea and a way to see some of my favorite fabric more often!

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  20. This is super cool! I have some old carpet tiles in the basement. I wonder if I could make these work as upcycled floor mats? Thanks for such an awesome tutorial!

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  21. Silly question, but when you painted the polyurethane coat, did you only paint the part of the cloth that would be on top, and not the part that gets folded over later? Thanks! :)

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  22. That is so cute - definitely going to try that asap!

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  23. This is BRILLIANT!! i just moved & our entryway holds dirt like you wouldn't believe. I have been sweeping and mopping this little 2x3 area 3x a week because it gets so dirty from us just walking in the front door. I've been looking for a little rug for that area, but now I think I'm going to make one this weekend instead! Thanks for posting this!

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  24. Well...what an awesome idea! I'm in the process of creating one right now - just waiting for the first coat of poly to dry. I was able to buy some beautiful outdoor fabric on 1/2 price clearance. Now I'll finally be able to have a decent sized mat for our front entryway. Thanks ladies!

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  25. Just an fyi, the blue-green graphic print fabric is Robert Allen Cat's Cradle.

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  26. Is it slippery when wet?

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  27. I saw this on Pinterest and I'm definitely going to repin, remake, and follow both blogs. This was a great tutorial.

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  28. yes! great idea and great tutorial! thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. I enjoyed this post. Crazy question, but where did you get the white watering can next to the door? I have been searching forever and can't find one. :) thanks

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  30. Found you on Pinterest. These floor mats are soo freakin' cute! Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah

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  31. Love this idea! We have an older Golden Ret. that is having trouble walking on our wood floors. I have been looking for a hall runner that would go with the rest of our decor. Now I can look for some fabric to coordinate ! Thank you!

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  32. so do you just "wipe" them off when they become dirty or can you actually throw this in the washing machine?!

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    1. You don't wash it. You just wipe it off.

      Cheri

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  33. I found the runner, however when I brought it home and started to cut to size I noticed that it did not lay flat, it has ripples/bubble. We've weighted it down for a few days and it still did't help. Did you have this problem? Hoping to get this project done in our entry way soon!

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    1. I would head to Jess and Monica's blog if you need an answer quickly. This was a guest post here, so I'm not the one to answer the question. There blog is linked above and I'm sure they'll get right back to you. Thanks!

      Cheri

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  34. This is great! I have an odd size kitchen table, I think I will do this on fabric for a tablecloth. Do you think it will work?

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  35. I love this! I really DO want to make one for every room in my house.

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  36. OK doing this today...and I have a few things I did differently (bec I'm too lazy and can't stand to wait for anything). First off....painting w/ a paint brush TAKES WAY TOO LONG. Use a sponge roller. Goes super fast. I also glued my undersides down prior to poly'g. I will poly those seperately as I was afraid they'd be too stiff to stick down once poly'd 3 x's.

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  37. Thank you! I was looking for something like this to do with some extra fabric that I had left over that cost a pretty penny and I thought would make a great floor mat. =)

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  38. I love this! Do you know how much it cost to make them? thanks!

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  39. Is anyone else's may stiff??

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  40. Love this idea and cannot wait to try it out!

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  41. Love this idea and cannot wait to try it out!

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  42. Those look awesome! I need to find me some grip matt and make a bunch asap!

    So glad I stumbled on this. Thanks pinterest ;)

    Happy crafting
    -Shannon
    Simply shantastic @ www.shantasticink.com

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  43. WHAT DOES THE SIGN BEHIND YOUR SINK SAY? MY ENTIRE KITCHEN IS IN BIG SPOONS KNIFES AND FORKS! LOVE IT! THATS WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE RIGHT AWAY WAS THE BIG FORK ON THE WALL! LOVE IT!

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  44. I really like this idea, because I have been looking for cute rugs forever but I just don't see the functionality of this other than comfort for standing on? It won't hold dirt or water so I really can't see it useful for a busy entryway or in front of the kitchen sink; am I just looking at this wrong or what?

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  45. I really like this idea, because I have been looking for cute rugs forever but I just don't see the functionality of this other than comfort for standing on? It won't hold dirt or water so I really can't see it useful for a busy entryway or in front of the kitchen sink; am I just looking at this wrong or what?

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  46. How has this rug held up?? I am thinking fo making a very large one for my bonus room. Does the gloss make the fabric hard? Im planning on putting it on top of carpet.

    thanks

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  47. Does the rug get slippery when wet?

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  48. Slippery when wet...good question since I am not considered elderly. Ha. I would need to make mine from corduroy so I have traction.

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  49. Love it! Will need to make some for my rooms.

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  50. Can not wait to try this GREAT IDEA! !!!

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  51. what a great tute. I'll be making these. also plan to follow your site.

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  52. Where did you find the fabric?? I love it!

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  53. Random question but under your white cabinets are the baseboards painted black? Looks like it doesn't show dirt whatever it is.

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    1. I have my cabinet baseboards all black and it's nice because they don't show dirt. But they do show cobwebs.

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  54. Awesome..instead of regular duct tape they have decorative duct tape in tons of colors and patterns, I agree no one sees it but I would know lol so it would just polish it up nice at no extra cost...

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  55. Just remember that if you have a vinyl floor, latex rubber will discolor it.

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  56. This was wonderful! Thank you! I thought your idea of making an octagonal cut on the kitchen mat was perfect for that corner. I loved your fabric choices too.

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  57. So doing this cannot wait!!!!

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  58. I'm moving into a new place and this idea will be AWESOME as I can pick the fabric according to my room designs!! Thanks for this!!!

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  59. I think I'll make one of these for my deck!

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  61. GENIUS!!! I am totally doing this. I have hardwood floors throughout my entire house and these will be wonderful!

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  62. I love this!! We are recovering our kitchen chairs soon... maybe I'll buy extra fabric to make some new rungs! :)

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  63. I know this is old, but I only just saw it on Pinterest. I think it's a great idea, and I'll definitely have to try it since I've been looking for a decent pet rug that isn't just dogs.

    For the sink rug, or any place you're standing for a while, if you add a layer of high density foam it will make it so much more comfortable to stand on.

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  64. I think I am going to find some squishy stuff like memory foam to stuff between the layers to make it easier to stand on at my kitchen sink. :) Off to the supply store I go.

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  65. So Glad I found this on Pinterest! I need new mats and would love to make these :)
    ~Kelly

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  66. These look fantastic! Great idea! and much cheaper than those adorable mats at Pier One. Great work! I would love to have you link this up on our little blog hop! I think our readers would love it. Come check us out at the Frugal, Crafty, Home blog hop!
    xoxo, Jordan
    http://www.lilywhite-designs.com/2013/05/thank-you-for-joining-me-and-other-blog.html

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  67. I love this idea! Do you think it would work on those squishy ones for the kitchen? I have 2 my husband hates because they grab everything that falls on them and they don't come clean. This would be a great way to recover them!

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  68. do you think you could put poly on fabric on a chair cushion? im planning on making fabric cushions on my kitchen stools and found fabric that i love, but im afraid my two little ones will spill stuff all over them and ruin them, wondered if coating the fabric in poly before or after i put the cushions on would prevent that?

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  69. Could I do this to cover my memory foam mats without messing up the memory foam?

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  70. This may be just a guy talking out his @$$, but wouldn't it just be cheaper to buy a floor mat?

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  71. Thanks for such a great idea :) I made a area rug[5 feet x 7 feet] for a dining area.
    I used two rubber mat runners are I needed 5feet wide and luckily the fabric I bought was 5 feet wide so it worked just fine.It was very easy and quick to make!! Going to make one more for family room :)

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    1. How did you connect the mats?

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  72. Found you on Pinterest...I think Im going to try this with an inexpensive runner from Wmart as the base. I need something for the (stinky) dog to sleep on that can be wiped clean. Shouldn't be a problem on carpeting, I hope. Might creep, but small price to pay for fancy schmancy sleeping pad for the big dog.
    For the kitchen, I think I'll use one of those pretty, cheap, but dumb, printed foam mats that don't last 5 minutes without looking all furry and gross.
    Maybe add some sleeping pad foam from the camping section to make it extra comfy.

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  73. Cute idea for the classroom too. Think of the colorful possibilities for designating partner work and play areas. Thanks!

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  74. No one has really answered the question that if you put it does it make the rug slippery? especially wet? Would it makea difference using a textured fabric or just one or two coats of the poly?

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    1. This post is a guest post. If you want answers to your questions, it's best to visit their blog (which is linked at the beginning and end of the post) and email them directly. I haven't made the floor mat, so I can't really answer the questions. Sorry!

      Cheri

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  75. You are my new favorite DIYer! I have been searching for the perfect rug at the perfect price for years--and it doesn't exist! You have saved me the heartache of either shelling out the big bucks or settling for something I don't love. I just can't thank you enough!!

    PS. So grateful to the most recent pinner for pinning this! I will be pinning it next!

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  76. I just finished making my own floor mat and I love it. Thank you so much for this tutorial, as I had despaired of ever finding a mat or rug that would match my kitchen and fit in the space I had!

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  78. Hey guys I am getting married next year an absolutely HATE the carpet. The least expensive I can find for rental or buying I $1000 any suggestions for covering the floor

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  79. Can you tell me what brand of coating you used and where I can get it please. I made a mat and it turned yellowish.

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