One of my goals for this summer is to actually do some of the tutorials I’ve been collecting.
There’s a lot of pressure out there to re-invent the wheel and be original, but you can learn a lot from others and can make some pretty awesome stuff too! Just make sure to give credit where credit is due.

(You can see my DIY and To Make board here).

This week during nap times and bed times, I made a coffee bag rug using this awesome tutorial from Maiden Jane.

Coffee Bag Rug

For the non-skid backing, I used Fiber-Lok Non Skid Backing. It worked well for the non-skid part, but it soaked through to the front even though I did really light coats. It might work better on a tighter weave of fabric, but I haven’t tried it on anything else. I scrubbed some of it off with a damp washcloth, but I’ll wait for two weeks before really trying to remove the spots (because this is how long you’re supposed to wait before washing the material).

Coffee Bag Rug

I made very few changes to the tutorial. I don’t have a serger, so I double zig-zag stitched (I just went over each sewn line an extra time). The only other change I made was refraining from washing the bag first, because the ink can run. I’ll just clean it with a damp cloth.

Pretty spiffy, huh? Each coffee bag makes two rugs, so I’ll be plugging away at a second one this week. I just have to decide if I’m going to be stingy and keep both or if I’m going to gift one of them.

Coffee Bag Rug

P. S. Tons of local coffee shops in our area roast their own beans. Ask your local coffee shop or roastery about purchasing a bean bag; they usually run between $10 and $20 each.
What tutorials have you been saving for a rainy day? I’d love to see links!