Stitch up a scatter rug with upholstery fabric.

How to Sew an Easy Scatter Rug

by L. Christine Shepard

Heavy-duty upholstery fabric can be sewn into an attractive scatter rug with a minimum of effort. Once constructed, the rug will be a warm addition to the bathroom floor and can be coordinated with bathroom décor. The scatter rug could also serve as a kitchen or hallway entry floor covering and will warm up a cold wooden floor next to a bed. A crafty teenager may want to stitch up a 2-foot-by-3-foot scatter rug for her bedroom.

Measure and cut heavy-duty upholstery fabric and canvas fabric into rectangles that measure 2 feet, 2 inches by 3 feet, 2 inches each, using a tape measure and scissors. Press the rectangles smooth with a hot iron.

Place the canvas rectangle on a flat surface such as a large table or the floor. Attach the corners of the rectangle to the surface with masking tape. Spread fabric glue over the canvas in an even layer, using a foam paintbrush.

Press the upholstery fabric rectangle into the fabric glue, right side of the fabric facing up. Let the glue dry for one hour.

Flip the rug over with the canvas back facing up, and fold the edges of the rectangle over 1/2 inch twice on each side for hems; pin in place with straight pins. Fold the corners over carefully and neatly after clipping off the excess corner fabric with scissors. Sew the hems with a straight stitch, using a sewing machine with a heavy-duty needle.

Items you will need

  • 1 yard heavy-duty upholstery fabric
  • 1 yard heavy-duty canvas fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric glue
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine with heavy-duty needle


  • Look for upholstery fabric remnants for the scatter rug. Prewash all fabrics before sewing the scatter rug. A canvas drop cloth can also be used for the rug backing.


  • Do not use spray glue, it is not strong enough to hold the fabric pieces together.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

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