How to Make a Cozy Zigzag Rug
Lonny contributor Steph Hung turns a rustic floor treatment into a serious style statement.
Ask any decor lover worth her salt what the most expensive item in her home is, and nine times out of 10 she'll tell you: the rug. While certainly worth the splurge, an expensive floor covering doesn't always have to be the case. Lonny tapped our favorite DIY guru, Steph Hung, to create this simple yet chic zigzag rug, a piece that instantly infuses any space with an understated Scandi-mod vibe thanks to its stylish black-and-white palette and streamlined profile. Whether you place it at your entry or in the living room, this versatile design staple is sure to keep you warm all winter long.
- sewing machine, set to the widest zigzag stitch
- cotton rope or clothesline
- black sewing thread
Thread the black spool through the sewing machine. Bend the rope end at 3 inches. Make sure the uncut end is on the right side coming towards you—this orientation is very important during the sewing process.
Begin to stitch the seam created by the bend of the rope. When you have reached the end of the bend, leave the needle in the rope (and don't cut the sewing thread as I've done here—it was just for the photo!).
Turn the rope, covering the cut end, and carefully stitch around this new bend. Continue sewing the seam, leaving the needle in the rope at each bend, and turning your piece counter-clockwise.
It's best to sew on a large table, so your piece is supported as it grows in size.
Don't worry if you notice your stitches have missed the seam somewhere. Just try to go back and fix it as soon as possible, because once the rug gets too big you may not be able to fit the bulk of it under your sewing machine to reach the gap.
When the rug has reached your desired size, cut the rope, turn the end under, and stitch to secure.