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My $14 Dollar Store Rag Rug Runner

I don’t like to spend a lot of money on temporary items that I know I will want to change later, which is why after ripping out the carpeting in our hallway a long time ago, I did not go out and buy a pricey runner or two.

I have ideas for the hallway, but the finished project is a long way off yet. But I did start sanding the floor down so I can refinish it, and have been worried that the foot traffic might damage the bare wood.

I was in a Dollar Tree store shopping for something entirely different when I noticed that they sold small rag rugs. I thought, “I bet I could sew those together and make one big long runner!”

Our hallway is long, a little over 20 feet, but luckily there were just enough matching rugs to make a runner long enough for my hallway. They measure about 17 x 26 inches. I bought 14.

Dollar store rag rugs

With heavy duty upholstery thread, I used a simple overcast stitch by hand to sew the edges of the rugs together.

Sew rag rugs together to make a runner

The end result is decidedly…I don’t know…rustic? Bohemian? I wasn’t sure at first about the wonky edges, but my older son D, who likes to weigh in on such things, says he likes it a lot. D says it reminds him of a beach house, and since this area used to be covered by ocean millions of years ago, it makes sense. OK then.

Dollar store rag rug hallway runner

The rug is off to the side a bit because our hallway is wider at one end, and it’s centered on the wider area. Something to think about when I decide on a more permanent solution.

I bought a 5 x 8 non-slip rug pad (another $14) and cut it into strips to place underneath, so it doesn’t slip all over the place. I think it brightens the hallway just a bit, and it’s comfy to walk on. Total project cost less than $30 and some time sewing. Not bad!

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