Ikea Rug Hack, turn the Tanum rug into a pillow

Ikea rug hack

I am planning a fun festival-style garden party for this Summer and I wanted to start making some fun pieces to style my garden for the party. When I was in Dubai I got really inspired by their decor. What really inspired me was their use of texture and print. One of the evenings at the beach a car pulled up, out popped these gorgeous girls and they set up a cosy spot on the beach to watch the sunset. They had a gorgeous patterned rug and loads of pillows. They created a cute picnic style set up and the red patterns popped against the bright sand. I wanted to create something similar for my garden for Summer. So! Today I am starting with the big cushions. I wanted big pillow style cushions that would be comfy to sit on but would be thick and durable in the garden. When I was on the hunt for a rug I stumbled across the Ikea Tanum rugs, I decided to use them in today’s DIY and the best part is these rugs are €6 each. I also used one of the Signe rugs and these are only €2.50, even better.  I also made a Youtube video sharing how I made these and I will link it at the end of the post. 

What you will need 

Ikea Tanum rugs and I also used an Ikea Signe rug, These rugs are great because they are not too thick and they easily go through the sewing machine. 

Backing fabric, I used the Bomull fabric at €2.50 a metre. This is a Calico style fabric and is thin enough for the backing of the rug. 

Pillows for filler, I used two pillows for each cushion. I used the €4 pillows from Ikea, you could reuse some old ones. 

Sewing and machine and thread 

How to 

The first thing you’re going to do is iron your backing fabric so it is nice and crease free. Then you can cut the backing fabric the same size as the rug. Place the fabric together but with the two right sides facing together. The wrong sides will be facing you. You can add some pins to both sides to keep it in place when you are sewing. 

You are then going to sew a straight stitch down both sides. Make sure to do a reverse stitch at the start and end of your stitch. This will make the stitch secure and stop it from unravelling. as the fabric is thicker you may need to use a larger thread. You can also adjust the length of your stitch to make it easier. 

You will now reverse your cushion inside out. The right side of the fabric will now face you. You can iron your seams now too. I then stitched one of the openings closed. I folded the backing fabric over and straight stitched all the way down. I have a Youtube video linked at the bottom of this post for you to have a better look at how I made this video. 

I then inserted two pillows as my filler. One pillow just wasn’t making it as full as I wanted so I added a second cushion. Once my two cushions were in I then closed the opening. I folded over the backing fabric just like the other seem and I straight stitched all the way down to close the cushion. 

You might find the final stitch a little fiddly. Just take your time and slowly feed the fabric through your machine. Once you are finished you can trim off any excess threads and tidy it up. You can now have fun styling your new pillows and admire them! 

Do let me know if you give this a try. I will link to my video below as I know some of you guys find it easier to follow a video DIY. You can tag me in your DIY and up-cycle projects over on Instagram too! 

Thanks for reading! 

Chat soon, 


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  1. Stephanie
    May 10, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    These are so beautiful! Are the pillow inserts twin size?

    • Catherine Carton
      May 11, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Thanks Stephanie! So glad you like them! No the pillows are standard size and I have used tow inside x

  2. Lostvestige
    May 11, 2018 / 12:06 am

    These are so cute, and look really comfy!

    • Catherine Carton
      May 11, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Aw thank you!

  3. Angela Squire
    May 11, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    Once again you hit the mark with pretty and practical. Thanks for so many inspiring ideas!!

    • Catherine Carton
      May 11, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Angela, I am so glad you enjoyed it! Let me know if you make them x x x

  4. anne charriere vintage
    August 17, 2018 / 10:39 am

    You have amazing ideas, I love your blog soooooo much!Anne.

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