Introduction

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Anchor your outdoor space with a beautiful, custom floor cloth. The cost is a lot less than a store-bought rug, and you can get the exact color and design you want.

Step 1

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Create Stencil

If you would like to make our Moroccan-inspired design, you will need to start with six circles measuring 5" diameter. Place the circles side-by-side in pairs, each pair one-inch apart. To help line everything up straight, draw three lines 2-1/2" apart on the horizontal where the pairs meet and four lines on the vertical to mark the one-inch spacing. Trace around the inside of the top and bottom pairs of circles and around the outside of the middle circles.

Step 2

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Cut Stencil

Cut out the shape using a craft knife. Save the cut piece of card stock, it will help you line up the pattern when painting.

Step 3

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Apply Pattern to Canvas

Lay out your stencil and then use a foam paintbrush to fill the shape with paint. Make sure your brush doesn't have too much paint on it. Dab the brush straight down around the edges and then fill in the center. Start with one straight line of evenly spaced shapes. Continue with another row below and repeat until you've reached the desired size of your rug. Let dry.

Step 4

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Fill in Pattern

Come back through and fill in the spaces with offset rows of the same shape. To easily line up the pattern, place the reserved cut-out shape where you would like the stencil and use a pencil to mark a few guidelines. Repeat until you have filled the whole area and allow the paint to completely dry.

Step 5

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Cut Canvas to Size

Lay your finished canvas paint-side down and place the rug pad over it. Cut the canvas two inches larger than the edge of the pad.

Step 6

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Attach Canvas to Pad

Use spray basting to attach the canvas to the rug pad. Apply a light layer underneath the rug pad and then apply a layer to the long edges of the canvas and fold them over the pad.

Step 7

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Fold Border

Apply the spray basting to the shorter edges and fold them over, creating nice, neat corners. Add pins or quilting clips if you'd like, but the spray should hold everything in place while you sew.

Step 8

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Sew Canvas and Pad

Use a heavy-duty or denim needle to sew the rug to the pad

Step 9

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Protect Your Work

Seal your rug with Scotch Guard.

Step 10

Voila!

Place your rug in your favorite outdoor room and enjoy.