Photographed by Julia Wade for A Well-Crafted Home.
Instructions
1. Choose a large flat area to build the rug, like a dining room table or a low-traffic spot on the floor. The rug will need to stay in one place through the whole tutorial, and it has to dry overnight.
2. Tear off five sections of painter’s tape, each about five inches long. Stick the edges parallel to one another, overlapping about two to three mm to form a square of tape. Lay the sticky side up on your flat working surface.
3. Grab the jute twine, and pinch the end back onto itself to start a tight coil. Roll the twine around the
start a couple times until you have a circle about an inch in diameter. Press the circle firmly and flat to
the center of the tape square. The tape will hold it in place.
4. I like to work from a larger spool of twine and pull from the top center. This elevates the twine while
you work, which helps keep the twine from sticking to the tape until you press it into place. This also
helps the project go a lot faster, as the twine will not tangle as you go. Use both hands, one to rotate the coil and one to add more jute twine around the outer edge. As you go, press each section of twine firmly onto the tape. You will start to develop a rhythm and figure out the most comfortable way to work.
5. As soon as any section of the coil has reached the edges of the tape, tear off more sections of tape and add them under the previous sections, extending the sticky surface area. Repeat as needed. Eventually, the whole back of the rug will be covered in tape.
6. Keep coiling the jute twine tightly; you don’t want any gaps between the rows. The coil will start to
warp a little bit as you reach about an 8- to 12-inch diameter. But as you keep adding width to the rug, it will settle down and become flat again.
7. Keep coiling the jute until the rug reaches four feet in diameter. Cut the end of the twine at a slight angle and tuck it right into the side of the rug.
8. Place the duck fabric on top of the coil, making sure every part is covered by fabric. Pull up half the
fabric and fold it onto itself, exposing half the coiled twine below. We are going to glue half the rug first because the glue dries quickly when exposed to air. Squirt a generous amount of glue all over the
exposed coil (not too much, though, or you risk the glue soaking through to the front side). Use a mini
paint roller or a large sponge to help work the glue over the entire jute surface. You want every single
bit of twine covered with glue. Roll the glue around the outside edge, too, which will adhere the fabric
all the way around.
9. Once you have a nice, even layer of glue, pull the fabric back over the coil. Starting from the center
and moving to the outside edge, press the fabric firmly with your hands, rubbing in small circular
motions. You will start to see the coil pattern show through on the fabric. Make sure every surface area has been pressed to fully adhere the fabric to the twine.
10. Repeat on the other side of the rug: Pull back the loose fabric, glue, roll, cover, and press firmly from the center to the outside. Once everything has been securely glued, let the rug sit for at least 24 hours or until fully dry.
11. Turn the rug over so that the painter’s tape is facing up. Gently peel off all the tape. Hold the rug
down with one hand and peel the tape off slowly with the other. It is best to try to peel in the direction
of the coil.
12. Now cut off the excess fabric around the edge by pushing your scissors, halfway open, close to the outside edge of the coiled twine. Hold the scissors with one hand and pull the fabric away from the twine with the other hand. This will spin the rug as the scissors cut the fabric close to the coil. Be careful not to cut through the twine.
13. You can clean this rug by giving it a good shake outside. It is best not to roll this rug up for storage; try to keep it flat.

You can make this rug any size to fit your space by subtracting or adding more jute twine as well as enough fabric to cover the bottom. Uline.com sells an inexpensive large spool of 3,700 feet. I suggest buying this if you plan to make a larger rug or additional rugs.