One Material, Two DIYs | Cotton Rag Rug



I’m back with another round of One Material, Two DIYs, and this time I am taking a Cotton rag rug and making it over in two ways: Moroccan style print and Dip Dyed Ombre. Cotton rag rugs are perfect for DIY projects, you can paint them or dye them, and they are easy to throw in the wash…beyond versatile.


I love the bold look of Moroccan rugs. I gathered inspiration from some of my favorite designs and mapped out a pattern on the rug using painter’s tape. With a few brush strokes of black paint, my rugwas done. I placed it in the entryway of the studio, which I found was the best way to greet my guests because it really makes a statement!


Next, I used one of my favorite techniques to add some color to my floor. With the help of some dye packets, I created a multicolored, ombre motif on the rug. This technique is wonderful because you can incorporate your entire color palette in this single piece to unite the space. I laid the rug in front of my gray couch, and it does an amazing job of complementing my wall art and neutral coffee table.




Steps and supplies after the break… 


What you need:
Cotton Rag Rug
Painter’s tape
Paint color of your choice

What to do:
Lay rug flat and create desired motif by placing painter’s tape on the rug.
With 1/2 inch brush, paint along the edges of the tape.
Remove tape from the rug and let dry.



What you need:
Cotton Rag Rug
2 packets of Tulip Dip Dye
Bucket of water

What to do: 
Fill a bucket with one gallon of hot water.
Pour the total contents of the dye packet into the water and stir until dissolved.
Roll rug, then submerge fabric into dye mix and let sit for 30 seconds.
Gradually remove fabric to achieve an ombre effect.
If you’re using two colors, duplicate this process on the opposite side of the rug.
Hang on a clothing line (outside or over a plastic sheet). Let dry, done
This series of “One Material, Two DIYs” is sponsored by Cotton. Thank you for supporting my amazing sponsors who make I SPY DIY possible! 




  1. Fee says:

    This is so cute, thank you so much for sharing! <3


  2. Adorablest says:

    Gorgeous! I particularly like the ombre rug.

    1. Jenni says:

      Awesome, I think that one is my favorite too!

  3. Elsie Pop says:

    Lovely ideas! I might have to give the geometric patterns on the first rug – might have to give it a go! 🙂

    1. Jenni says:

      Yay! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  4. Paige says:

    I love both of these ideas! You did an awesome job!


  5. ISOSCELLA says:

    such a great idea!


  6. Laura Lilia says:

    Wow I love this DIY, the cotton rag rug looks amazing!!

    1. Jenni says:

      Thanks so much Laura!!

  7. Gosia says:

    I love Dip Dye rug, looks amazing!

  8. The rugs look very nice, oriental and modern at the same time. Well done!

  9. Cindy KC says:

    Where is your couch from? I have been looking for one just like this for my office!

  10. Christine says:

    Oh wow, these are beautiful! Thanks for the ideas!

    Christine |

  11. Rachel Ang says:

    this is genius!!!! Love it!!!

    Rachel x

  12. It’s really interesting method 🙂

  13. Raquel says:

    This rug turned out awesome, both ways! I love the dip dyed rug the best though.

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