Way back when I was going through my charm pack phase, I put together this little wall hanging.  It hung in the same spot until we moved, but by then, I had a new plan for it.  A friend had passed on a copy of Mary Janes Farm Magazine and in it were instructions for making homespun canvas floorcloths, perfect for my charm pack wall hanging thingy.  Now I have a new rug by the front door.


The nice thing about this rug is that it’s flat, so it doesn’t get in the way of the door opening.  It’s also sweepable and doesn’t hold dust, so doesn’t need to be vacuumed.


My ingredients?  2.5 bottles of Mod Podge to glue my 3 layers of fabric together and a fantastic new find: rug backing.  Rug backing is painted on to the bottom to keep the floorcloth from sliding around.  I can see all kinds of uses for this.


Instructions:  Mary Janes Farm Aug-Sept 2010, p.74

53 Responses to “Floorcloth”

  1. 1 bfree January 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    great ‘floorcloth’ but do you by chance know where you got the basket by the door?

    • 2 craftapple January 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      I love that basket too! I was at a friend’s house last week and she had two wire baskets in her pile of giveaways! Lucky me. 🙂 I’ll ask her where she got them.

    • 3 Jeanne May 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

      could be old commercial freezer bins, OR, when I was a life guard, they were bins for swimmers to put their street clothes in.

    • 4 Nancy Venable, Missouri September 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

      The floor cloth is great and I wan to make one,…..but like you I too was drawn to the basket and then realized I have one that I purchased at a yardsale just because I loved it and haven’t found a purpose for it yet! Looks Iike I found one now!

  2. 5 keepcatebusy (Cate) January 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    That’s such a great idea (I’ve never seen one like it!) – what a beautiful bright welcome into your home 🙂

  3. 7 Beth January 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    That’s a great idea! It’s such a cheerful, colorful rug.

  4. 8 Laura January 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Very cute but I would step over it. Ha ha. So much for wiping my feet, right?

  5. 9 Cindy January 17, 2011 at 12:16 am

    looks great! How much of the rig backing was needed? A little goes a long way?

  6. 11 Monique January 17, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Beautiful floorcloth! I like it better than the more traditional ones. What did you use to cover the fabric, Mod Podge, to protect it? Maybe you’ll reveal a few more details on how you made this. Janes Farm magazine is not at my local library.


  7. 12 Jan January 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Looks fantastic! How do like the rug backing? I’ve made one floor mat for the kitchen & want to make more…but was wondering how well that product really works before buying. Thanks!

    • 13 craftapple January 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      Jan, I like it! The only thing is it is a bit sticky (which it’s supposed to be) but when I walk on the rug it crackles. Sorta funny. When a friend came over today and stepped on it, she looked down because it crackled and told me how much she liked the rug so perhaps the crackling isn’t so bad after all. 🙂

  8. 14 Carolina Bernardo January 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Love the idea!! And I have so many little bits of textiles at home…
    My next project are going to be puffs with old bits of fabric!

  9. 16 Samantha January 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I need to know how you made yours! I don’t have access to the magazine and I looked to see if it was on their website. Maybe just a few general hints??? I have some charm packs and my girls room would look so cute with a floor cloth like that for their reading nook!

  10. 17 Joanna January 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, that’s really pretty!!

  11. 18 Charity January 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    One problem – it’s too pretty to step on it!

  12. 19 bfree January 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I searched for a matching basket, no luck. Thanks.

  13. 20 sassypriscilla January 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Is the rug backing washable? I was thinking if I decided not to modge podge the top…

    Looks beautiful.

    • 21 craftapple January 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      The instructions on the rug backing container say, “It stays on after repeated washings” and says it is machine washable. So I would say yes, but my own personal experience with washing store-bought rugs, well, you know – the rug backing come off after a few washings.

  14. 22 Sarah January 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

    This rug is awesome! I’m gonna have to hunt down a copy of that magazine.

  15. 23 Rissa February 3, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Oh I love the rug! So cheerful and welcoming, what a great idea!

  16. 24 Mod Podge Amy June 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love this. I need to make one immediately!

  17. 25 Theophanie June 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    What a great solution!

  18. 26 Rose McGuinn June 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Now that’s clever!! Love all the nice colors. And your Rug Backing’s a new one on this crafter.

  19. 28 Diana February 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    where do you find the Rug Backing at ?

  20. 30 mindy sullivan February 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I love this idea…I think I will use a vintage tablecoth instead!

  21. 31 mindy sullivan February 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    This is a great idea….I think I would use a vintage tablecoth

  22. 32 Lisa March 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Love the tablecloth idea as have a couple sitting around (textileaholic) and then it would be done, as opposed to having to make a little quilt first, lol. I am wondering about the three layers….canvas, batting, top? Did you put decoupage on each layer?

  23. 33 Jodie March 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    What an absolutely darling idea!

  24. 34 Victoria July 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I think we would all love a little more instructions since it’s not so easy to get a hold of this magazine. 🙂 You said you had three layers of fabric – what types of fabric and what did you use as the base? Seems easy enough to figure out if I just knew that much. Beautiful rug! Thanks!

    • 35 craftapple July 12, 2012 at 9:59 am


      What I did was fuse my patchwork to a piece of fabric then add the decorative stitching. Then I laid that piece on top of a heavy canvas. I modpodged the top and let it dry, then flipped it over and modpodged the bottom and let it dry. Then my final step was to paint on the rug backing. For the rug in this picture the edges are raw, but there hasn’t been much fraying because the modpodge holds everything in place.

      Hope this helps!


  25. 37 Margie August 28, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Found your fun and pretty Mod Podge floor mat hunting through Pinterest.
    Is it possible to email the basic directions?
    I think I have a general idea of what to do but want to make sure.

    Thank you!!!

    • 38 craftapple August 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      What I did was fuse my patchwork to a piece of fabric then add the decorative stitching. Then I laid that piece on top of a heavy canvas. I modpodged the top and let it dry, then flipped it over and modpodged the bottom and let it dry. Then my final step was to paint on the rug backing. For the rug in this picture the edges are raw, but there hasn’t been much fraying because the modpodge holds everything in place.

      Hope this helps!

      • 39 Michele Welch April 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        Hi! Great project! One question, you said you laid the patchwork fused pieced on top of a piece of canvas, did you sew those pieces together or fuse them? Got everything else! Thanks?

  26. 40 Kimberly May 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

    You think this concept would work with a bunch of old tshirts?

  27. 41 Trish October 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I just discovered this today–love the idea. I read through the coments to see how you did it since that issue of Mary Janes is not available–apparently they must have had a run on those back issues. Anyway, I saw your original post was from January 2011 and also that the rug appears to be at your front door. How has it been holding up? I’m wondering if more than one application of ModPodge might be advisable. If you’ve been using it steadily since the beginning of 2011 that would be a fair indication of the longevity of this type of project. Let me know, please, since I have a charm pack that is calling my name….

  28. 42 Bobby May 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

    What’s up colleagues, how is all, and what you would like to say concerning this article,
    in my view its in fact remarkable designed for me.

  29. 43 darlene skinner July 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    So you must use 3 layers of any fabric… Is there a certain type of fabric… And is there a way or something to cover the top from spills and wear.. I love this idea

    • 44 craftapple July 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Hi Darlene,

      Mod Podge is what I used to protect it. It goes on wet and dries hard. I can wipe it with a damp cloth although I don’t think ModPodge is sturdy enough to handle water puddles on it for any length of time. Hope this helps!


      On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:11 AM, Craft Apple wrote:


  30. 47 carlene January 10, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Do you have the specific instructions for this rug?

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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