Recycled Fabric Stool Using a Rag Rug

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Recycled Fabric Stool using a rag rug! Add s fun rag rug stool cover with a staple gun! Get the farmhouse look with a recycled rug stool. Super simple makeover! You can find this project and more on my Home Decor page.

Recycled Fabric Stool Using a Rag Rug

I have been seeing these really cool recycled fabric stools in Pier 1 and Target for around $70! A few months ago I found this old stool for a whopping $1.99 and had to have it.

Then it just sat around my house looking sad waiting its turn in the Chalk Paint line to be repainted.

Then came the light bulb moment! Instead of buying one of those old loom crafts and getting my kids to work making pot holders.

I spotted this kitchen rug with really bright awesome colors in it. That’s when I knew just what to do with it! I made my own fabulous version of this trend~ I hope you love it as much as I do! Here’s how I did it!

Pier 1 fabric stool
Pier 1’s Version

How to make a Recycled Fabric Stool


thrift store stool
recycled rag rug

First I cleaned up my stool with some household cleaner and a scrubbing sponge. I liked the shabby look of the paint, so I decided to keep it and skip painting it.

There were stickers on it so I cleaned them off with a little rubbing alcohol and elbow grease.

Turn the stool upside down and choose your colors and area of the rug to use. I loved that teal and yellow stripe area so I went with it as the top area.

cover a stool with a rug

We used a pneumatic air compressed staple gun with large long staples. You can use a hand-held staple gun but I am not sure if the staples will go through the thickness of the rug. You could also use nail heads or finishing tacks and hammer and put them in by hand.

staple rug to stool

Pull and stretch the rug around the stool as you staple. The rug will get bunched up, just pull it smooth keep stapling around aound the seat of the stool.

add rug with a staple gun
rag rug stool makeover
trim rag rug off
clean up the underside of stool
stapled rug to stool

Trim the rug off as close as you can to the staples and hot glue the rough edges of rug down to the stool so they will not unravel. And that’s it!! I love it!!! It came out super cute!! Not bad for a $5 rug and $1.99 stool.

You could always go one step further and add nail heads the edges for another super cute finishing touch.

diy rag rug stool upcycle

 Love it? Pin it!

rag rug stool makeover


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  1. 5.15.13
    Nancy said:

    I like your footstool better than the others, hands down! And your’s cost so much less too, that can’t be topped any where. What a great idea and job! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. 3.30.13
    Anjana said:

    Such a neat idea! So cheerful.

  3. 3.26.13
    Cinthya said:

    I absolutely love this stool and I could use a few like this for my craft room for when I have the kids gathered around my talble.

  4. 3.17.13

    Thank you for sharing this in our Crafty Showcase! We love that you share with us. Your projects are inspiring! I LOVE staple guns! I would have never thought of doing this with a staple gun.

    Susie @Bowdabra

  5. 3.13.13

    What a great idea, and they match everywhere! Nice tutorial. We would like to invite you to share them at our party that goes live tonight:
    Hope to see you there!
    The Busy Bee’s
    Myrna and Joye.

  6. 3.12.13
    Kelly said:

    That is absolutely genius! I can’t tell you how long I spent coveting those stools at Pier 1… great thinking!

  7. 3.12.13
    Christine said:

    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!! Come on over and grab your featured button… you deserve it!

    Don’t forget to come back this evening to link up again! :)

  8. 3.11.13
    Robin said:

    So clever! Thank you for linking up at

  9. 3.11.13
    Christine said:

    Absolutely amazing Kim!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening :)

  10. 3.11.13

    This is so great!!!! I featured it today on Mod Mix Monday!

  11. 3.10.13

    Clever you and in all seriousness, I really like yours better. Nicely done girlfriend. :D

  12. 3.10.13

    Hey Kim, Your stool is just so cute! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Transformed Tuesday.

  13. 3.10.13

    So cute – I’ve been admiring the ones I’ve seen at Anthro & Target. So glad you linked up to our spring party!

  14. 3.10.13

    Such cuteness. You’re featured today at Mop It Up Monday. Have a fabulous week!

  15. 3.10.13

    Great idea! I love the colors…it really pops! What a steal and I think yours looks nicer than the Pier 1 stool! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share!

  16. 3.9.13

    I love it, Kim! So clever!

  17. 3.9.13

    I love the idea of using an old rag rug for the cushion top! I’m pinning this too. Little Bit from

  18. 3.9.13
    Suzanne said:

    Hi Kim,
    Your stool turned out so fun! Using the rug to replicate Pier 1’s Version was a wonderful idea. I like your version better than the original though!
    Thanks for sharing at

  19. 3.9.13
    Diana Rambles said:

    What an awesome idea!!!!

  20. 3.9.13

    I love it!! Great job!

  21. 3.8.13
    Natasha said:

    love this Kim, like your’s better than the stores version

  22. 3.8.13
    marilyn said:

    Very easy and nice! I have a stool to do and you gave me an idea, good inspiration, thanks

  23. 3.7.13

    Your version is better than theirs, I think! Kim, what a great knockoff! You do such nice projects. Love seeing what you’re up to.

  24. 3.6.13

    Thanks for linking in to Design Decor Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you post next week!


  25. 3.6.13

    I love it! it is more than adorable! What a fantastic way to upcycle!

    hugs x

  26. 3.6.13

    Very cute idea.

  27. 3.6.13

    Kim, what a great idea I have some of those around and wondered what to do with them now you have given me an excellent diy to use them …Thanks so much for sharing at dolly’s designs The Creative Blog Hop

  28. 3.6.13

    Great job. I love the stool.

  29. 3.6.13

    oh my gosh, this is so much easier than i thought you were going to say! i thought you had all this scrap fabric that you made that…but nope, lol, just a rug. super smart!

  30. 3.5.13
    Madalyn McArthur said:

    I love this! Thank you for sharing!

  31. 3.5.13
    Natalie3 said:

    Wow, I love this! What a great inspiration!

  32. 3.5.13

    What a great knockoff!! So creative! Thanks for sharing it at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great week.
    House on the Way

  33. 3.5.13
    ntcreations said:

    Very cool! I love how you put two items together and created something beautiful! I popped over from Project Inspire… I host a Party that I would love for you to join!

  34. 3.4.13

    Hi Kim, Stopping over from the Monday Funday party – LOVE your stool and such an awesome idea! Thanks for much for sharing this and have a great week!

  35. 3.4.13

    What a great idea! Really like using the mat! Would have never thought of doing that. Please share it on a terrific linky –

  36. 3.4.13
    Tracy said:

    What à supper design tip,loved the simplicity of item

  37. 3.4.13
    Sharon said:

    That stool is just too dag on cute!!!! I like. :-) Good Job

  38. 3.4.13

    I love this!!! Fast and easy but big impact!!

    ~ Darlene

  39. 3.4.13

    that is a GREAT idea!! I would have NEVER thought to do that!
    Thanks for sharing :-)

  40. 3.4.13

    What a wonderful idea! I’d love for you to stop over and share at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

Welcome to Made in a Day, I'm Kim, the home & lifestyle blogger, former wig stylist, floral designer, and now Park Lane Stylist behind the blog. Living seaside in Southern California, my blog is where I share my love of DIY coastal decor, digital art prints, fun fashion DIYs, and great recipes. I also write about my experience as a former wig stylist who now wears a hair topper!