In my constant quest to mentally interior decorate our new apartment before we even step foot in the place (or have the keys), one of the things that my dreams usually miss are rugs. The apartment is much much larger than our current one, and the rugs that we have now, well, let's just say it might be best to turn them into doggy mats.
The only issue is that rugs are usually painfully expensive, and given what we do to rugs (smells, stains and otherwise) I thought a durable and inexpensive rug would be best. The only problem with that is that cheap rugs tend to look even cheaper than they really are and don't scream "decor" like I'd like them to. So, low and behold, when times are tough, it's best to call on your own resources - and resources we have! I recently found this great tutorial for making your own Flokati rug via the fabulous Lil'Magoolie blog. The tutorial was created by a mama-to-be, working on it with her own mother while her baby was busy being baked in the (not-so-easy-bake) oven. I love how candid she is in the fact that even though the rug is insanely cheap to make (scrap tees anyone?!) it is incredibly time consuming. But just like all my other major craft projects, the best ones do seem to take more time, and the end result is so, so, so worth it. Maybe you're not in the mood to make a full dining-room sized rug, but you could start with a doormat and work your way up. I'll post pics when I finish ours!