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Five Legged Sprints

2013 November 12
by Katie

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!

83 Responses leave one →
  1. November 12, 2013

    Great find! I love shopping those target end caps for amazing finds. I picked up a Nate Berkus comforter for our bed on clearance for $27 this summer.

  2. November 12, 2013

    So fun! You can never have too much protection when you have boys. My boys just recently spray painted patches of our carpet yellow and….the littlest one’s forehead (all the while daddy was home watching them alone) I may need to find me some runners to hide those stains now.

  3. Randi permalink
    November 13, 2013

    You and the Petersiks are totally on the same page here.. You’re going go have matching stairs!

  4. November 13, 2013

    Great idea! I just spent months trying to find affordable rugs. You should take a trip out to my neck of the woods and check out OHCO. Every Friday and Saturday they have a “junk sale” – pallets of $50-$100 rugs! 8×10, 10×13, etc etc. So have minor flaws, but honestly, there were some amazing finds! And they even sell fabric by the pound. So if you’re not holding out for a specific rug, it may be worth a look. :) (Oh and Weston’s room is looking amazing!)

    • November 13, 2013

      So cool!
      xo kb

    • Megan permalink
      November 13, 2013

      Where is your neck of the woods, AJ? I need some rugs and this sounds like a great deal to me!

      • Audra permalink
        November 13, 2013

        I second OHCO. It’s in Covington, GA.
        They have a few major sales a year, great bargains.

        • Audra permalink
          November 13, 2013

          Hit send too soon.
          I love this idea! Economical, will serve multiple purposes, looks great.

      • November 13, 2013

        Covington – it’s right off Exit 90 on I-20 :) I wish I had found this place sooner!

  5. November 13, 2013

    I love it! I love the sortof homespun look to it. It is such a great mix with the clean lines of the new chair and the other crisp furniture. I love Weston’s room. Can I move in?
    Oh, how I wish that we had a store like Target in Germany. I’ve been searching, but alas. . . no luck yet.

  6. Maggie permalink
    November 13, 2013

    I love it! Where did you get the crib? sorry if you already said it on the blog.

    • November 13, 2013

      We actually are borrowing it from a friend. I think originally it’s from Ikea :)
      xo – kb

  7. November 13, 2013

    I think your “carpet protection” idea is fantastic! I probably should have done the same thing in our guest room because klutzy me put a massive stain on the carpet in there and it just stares at me every time I go in that room. Whoops!

    • November 13, 2013

      Oh my gosh…I would just have died…leaving another stain right next to it. BUMMER!
      xo – kb

  8. November 13, 2013

    We picked up really cheap scarves at a garage sale on Saturday behind our house. They were 50 cents a piece and I snagged 4. For now, they are hide-and-seek scarves, but one day they’ll be a hand kite or a tutus for our little girl.

    Which reminds me I need to make a fairy wand for her upcoming birthday (just ’cause she loves stuff like that).

  9. November 13, 2013

    ” Not to be confused with nip city.” Hilarious:) I love those runners. My Target still has not clearanced them. I have been waiting and waiting :)

  10. Brittany permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Where is Weston’s crib from? I’m pregnant with a boy and LOVE that one!

    • November 13, 2013

      We borrowed it from a friend but I think it’s originally from Ikea.
      xo – kb

  11. November 13, 2013

    I bought clearance runners at tarjay last month and installed them as stair runners!! It cost under $50!!

  12. November 13, 2013

    What a great idea! Those are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more of Weston’s room!

  13. Lizzie permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Make sure you have something between the beige rug and the black wool

    The die and the lanolin might stain your wall to wall!

    • November 13, 2013

      Oh thanks for the tip! I will line it tonight!
      xo – kb

  14. Kristina permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Nice deal. Where did you get that storage unit for Weston’s room?

  15. Leah Heldt permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Question Katie Bower. I’m so glad you posted how to do sew rugs together! I have a long entry hallway that’s 30 feet long and 8.5 feet wide. It’s hardwood flooring with a smooth, matte finish. You can always see footprints from the front door and a girl can only bona so much. Do you think I could sew runners together for that? Or would it look ok with multiple runners not sewn together with some space in between? If so, how long would you make it and is 2.5 ft wide too skinny for this space? Thanks!

    • November 13, 2013

      I think it would work! I would use something like a jute or do two wide for sure just so that it looks more like one big custom rug.
      xo – kb

  16. Jessica j. permalink
    November 13, 2013

    I just have to tell you that I read the title as ‘Five Legged Spirits’ and was so confused. No more early morning blog reading for me!

  17. November 13, 2013

    Very neat idea! And his room looks gorgeous by the way!

  18. Ang permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Katie, I am learning so much from you (and Sherry) about not using things for their intended purpose. You’re so creative and resourceful! Thanks for another “think outside the box” lesson :)

  19. Jenny permalink
    November 13, 2013

    ! His room is coming together-looks awesome! Can you tell me where you got those white cabinets in his room?

  20. November 13, 2013

    Those Target end caps are going to be the death of me! Soooo good.

    Great find!


  21. rashi permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Oh looks so much like Sherry’s runner!

    Nice to see u guys have a matching stair well…. i would love to do it too… but with a curved stairwell don’t know how that would work.

  22. Lauren permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Speaking of carpet, how are you liking the MS carpet? Is it holding up well? Do the high traffic areas still look good?

    • November 13, 2013

      We still love it. In fact, it has held up pretty well and we have shamefully have not shampooed it since we got it. I think this is the year for us to get Low-Res in here to do their thing. The high traffic areas do have some dirt marks (our boys spill things constantly) but after shampooing and then regular vacuuming, I think that it will be easy to get up.
      xo – kb

  23. Sandra permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Love your new rug! SO smart! Can you please share where you got the white toy storage?

  24. Brenda Esquivel permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Where did you get Weston’s storage shelves?

  25. Susan Morris permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Love the carpet protector! where are the shelves in Weston’s room from? I love them and desperately need playroom storage!

  26. Natalie Ramello permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Is the white toy chest in Weston’s room IKEA?

    • November 13, 2013

      Nope. The one under the window is from a yard sale and the toy storage units we built :)
      xo – kb

  27. Jennifer permalink
    November 13, 2013

    His room looks AMAZING! Where did you get his white bookshelves from?

  28. Kim M permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Weston’s room is looking so good. It’s very chic. And, I actually think the rugs look really good in there.

  29. Sue VanParys permalink
    November 13, 2013

    SO SMART GIRL !!!! That gives me an idea, I need a rug underneath a bed, maybe I could sew some runners together !! ?? BTW, you are not the only one to drive to several Targets, I do it all the time !! I even have purchased the wrong size clearance sweater, in hopes I could exchange it any another Target ! Plus it gives me a reason to go to check out another Target! Have you noticed different Targets have different stuff ???? How many times can I say Target ?? haha LOVE YOUR BLOG !!!!!

    • November 13, 2013

      Oh yes. And don’t even ask Target’s to price match another store…even if you have a receipt…they will not budge. I tried :(
      xo – kb

  30. November 13, 2013

    OMG I have been looking for a runner for our new houses steps! I totally love that pattern! How lucky to get it on super clearance! I just called a store that is 30 miles away (sold out in my town) and they still saying full price! Boo…still a great price! Might have to get it anyways! Love your creativity!

  31. Bree permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Love the idea! The room is looking super cute and the red “W” is awesome! Just curious if you guys built a second toy chest or did you take the one out of Will’s room? I know you like to change things around alot, but now you have me wondering if you took it out of Will’s room what did you put in there to replace it? :)

    • November 13, 2013

      We switched the boys toy chests. I found the exact one at Pottery Barn (I blogged about putting it in our room till Weston transitioned to his own room) and it was dark brown (which matched Will’s crib) so we wanted to put it with the matching thing. Plus, Weston’s had doors that had chalkboard on them and since Weston is a little too young for that, we thought it better suited an older boy :) So now they both have their own toy storage…similar but not exactly the same :)
      xo – kb

  32. Ali permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Looks great! I need to do this for our entry hallway because it is an odd shape and regular runners look too puny!

    And let me guess… you built the white storage unit?! :D

  33. Mollie permalink
    November 13, 2013

    I got the same runner at same price a couple weeks ago! I was actually looking at a regular priced pillow and spotted it the last one tucked behind and immediately did some thank you jesuses in the aisle. it was totally someone trying to hide it while they thought about it. JV move, sneaky shopper, i will find nate whenever he is.

  34. Crystal permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Great score on the runners. I am loving Westons room so much! Will you be sharing the sex of your newest baby anytime soon? I’ve been trying not to ask but I’m really curious.

    • November 13, 2013

      We hope to right after Thanksgiving…we are waiting because the grandparents (greatgrandparents to the babe) will be here and we want to share the news and the name with them first.
      xo – kb

  35. November 14, 2013

    Ah great score! We have the 2×3 and paid $25 for it, I feel robbed now. Also jealous you have rugs on top of your carpet. We can never make it work, someone always trips on the rug corner and moves it so to save my sanity I took them all up. Any tips?

    • November 14, 2013

      I think there is such a thing as rug tape that is double sided but I’ve never been able to find it.
      xo – kb

  36. Tirsa permalink
    November 14, 2013

    What a great solution. Love a steal that can be used in two different areas. I looove Target clearance sections. You never know what treasure you will find.

  37. jessy permalink
    November 14, 2013

    btw congrats to jeremy and his crossfit gym!

    • November 14, 2013

      Thanks! We are both working hard to make sure it’s successful!
      xo – kb

  38. November 14, 2013

    Oh man, care to share a spoiler of what THE rug looks like?

    • November 14, 2013

      We don’t have one yet. That’s why this is in there.
      xo – kb

      • November 15, 2013

        Ah! I though you meant you’ve already found it but it was back-ordered or too expensive!

  39. Anu permalink
    November 14, 2013

    great looking runner. which week did you get these at Target ? I am wondering if they still have them on clearance ?

    • November 14, 2013

      It was exactly one month ago that I bought them.
      xo – kb

  40. November 14, 2013

    Great idea! I love seeing those orange stickers on Nate’s stuff :)

  41. November 14, 2013

    I love the runners! I have been looking for a runner for my stairs for years and finally thought to settle on a Milliken carpet > Then I saw your runners and I thought BINGO! Sadly they are not on sale in stores in the NE or online. Big bummer.

    • November 14, 2013

      BUMMER! I was trying to think if someone could DIY these…like with a wool carpet runner and some bleach pens. It might be worth googling :)
      xo – kb

  42. November 14, 2013


    I like your projects because thiese are all hings I can do without having to ask for a lot of help..

    The runner really matches the crib. It was the first thing I noticed when I looked at that photo.
    Great interior design choice. Everything feels so comfortable and they all match!


  43. Lesley permalink
    November 14, 2013

    I wish I’d read your philosophy on covering carpet in boys rooms about 3 gum spots, 5 spilled drinks and 2 markers ago. New house is getting wall to wall over top of the wall to wall…

    Aside: I looked on both the US and Canadian Toys R Us websites for the chair you bought for Weston’s room and can’t seem to find it. Can you provide a model name… #… something more specific?

    • November 14, 2013

      According to the receipt, this is all the info on the chair…
      Item Type PR
      Item Tax ID 942838-1
      Description Shadow Kersey Recliner
      Vendor Best Chairs Inc
      Style 5N145
      Hope this helps!
      xo – kb

      • Lesley permalink
        November 15, 2013

        Love you! And the chair.

        It’s not looking good, searching on the full model name only gets me a link to this post, and someone’s BRU registry with the chair listed without a sale price and without a link…

        I shall use the other details you provided and my superpowers to hunt one of these bad boys down!!! We have tall, tired people in our house too.

        • November 15, 2013

          Aww man…so sorry! I know that my Babies R Us had to order it so maybe someone at the store can be more helpful with the info!
          xo – kb

  44. November 14, 2013

    oh. my. geeersh.

    you, my friend, are a genius. Looking for this online right now. Also trying to figure out where it’s going. But I shall buy!!

  45. Stephanie S. permalink
    November 15, 2013

    Hey Katie,
    Cool idea! Nate’s stuff is ALWAYS on clearance, right? I got a white and gold decorative bowl for $5.98 there last week, and since I had a $5 gift card, it cost me a whopping .98! What?! I think it will look great in the basement. Question, where did you get the bookcase?

    • December 11, 2013

      So cool! And we actually built the storage unit :)
      xo – kb

  46. mary w. permalink
    November 17, 2013

    That is a great deal. As far as the difference in length goes, you could always stagger them by 5 or 6 inches back and forth, kind of like flooring planks? Make it look intentional; then you really have a one-of-a-kind!

  47. December 12, 2013

    Small world, I’m trying to hunt down the same rug for my stairs! I have a backup plan if I can’t get all the pieces together. We’ll see if the stock in store matches what it says online :)

  48. Audra permalink
    December 15, 2013

    I think I commented on this but just saw Tori Spelling’s rug made for her baby’s room made out of vintage placemats…this looks so similar and creative.

  49. Shea permalink
    February 8, 2014

    I absolutely love the giant W did you make it or purchase It I would love to know.

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