That’s the answer by the way.
The question? Well…it’s more like a riddle….
What do you get when you sew four runners together? (now reread the title of this post).
Welcome to my brain on three hours of sleep. It’s not purty people.
Back to the runners. I am not talking about physically stitching human legs together…although I am sure someone out there has tried that…but more like sewing rug runners. It all began with this little ditty in the clearance section of the nearest Target…
It’s the Nate Berkus arrowhead runner and normally it runs about $70 a piece. But for some reason that boggles the brain and blows my nose, it was being clearanced out to make more room for yet another trellis rug. No offense trellis fans…I own a couple and like them too…but really, do we need eighteen different types while pushing dear Natie to the back burner…err…the aisle end cap with the red sign?!
Needless to say, I went a little hog wild and bought three.
Then I bought two more at a different Target (no…only a crazy person would drive almost an hour from home to get a runner, right?!…no way did I do that. yesidid.) But here’s why….
Yup. $21. I can ebay them for more. I can Craigslist them for more. Heck, I can probably double my money in the parking lot of our local knife pawn shop if I throw in a bag of hot boiled peanuts! So to me, it was just plumb crazy not to buy them. So at first I was thinking…ooooh wool….I could recover our stairs in them! Remember our previous adventure in ripping that out? It now looks like this but I can totally see it with a cool black and white runner.
Or I could install it going down to the basement…which also makes sense because that area is used by kids a whole lot on a weekly basis. Not my kids + socks + stairs = slip city. Not to be confused with nip city.
This seems like a much better option because our upstairs staircase needs a lot of refinishing (the risers need painting, the treads need refinished, etc)…and the basement is used by other people’s children whereas the upstairs staircase is only used by my kids (who can’t stand socks). So that is probably gonna be it’s permanent home….later.
Until then, I am using them as ‘carpet protection’. Weston and Will both need rugs in their rooms. I have decided that anything exposed to boys just needs multiple layers of protection. My carpet is getting abused on a daily basis. So while I wait on THE rug for Weston’s room to become available, I decided to try my hand at rug weaving. It’s not done completely but it took me about an hour of quiet nap time to stitch them together and now they are good enough to protect them from the elements.
I used a yard needle and some coat/upholstery thread that I already had on hand to do a loop stitch through both edges. I pulled them tight every six inches or so just to be sure that they stuck.
A couple of the rugs are ever-so-slightly shorter than the others which is evident on the ends. I thought about turning it the other way to make the uneven ends tuck under Weston’s white toy/storage boxes just to hide it.
It’s definitely still a work in progress…but I love the fact that I bought my ‘carpet protection’ for $80 and will be able to reuse them later as a stair runner…at a whole lot cheaper price tag than another other large rug. This stitched rug ended up being over 7’x7′. (as a comparison, there is a 5×7 Nate Berkus rug that is available for $150…so this is bigger and is easy to recycle!)
Anyone else out there use things they find cheap to do one task and then use it later as the real thing? I honestly think that rugs are cool enough that you could make them into more than just ‘bigger rugs’ or ‘stairway runners’….I love seeing when folks use them as reupholstery on an ottoman or on furniture…or when they hang them on the walls to create modern tapestries….or when a headboard is created or even used as room dividers. The possibilities are endless!