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How to make Doormat at home from Old Clothes?

Updated on February 11, 2014

Door mat made using old bed sheet

Home made Door mat
Home made Door mat | Source

Why I had gone for my own homemade door-mat?

It is raining so heavily and I see that I need more door mats to help me out. The washed door mats are not yet dried, as the sun is not seen even at 10 am in the morning. What will I do now? Yeah!!! this situation led me to think - "how about making one or two door mats of my own? "

The door mat came out very good, so I thought I will share my experiment with you people. Do comment on what you think about my experiment. Is it encouraging to you?

Making Door mat at home

In this hub I will show you, how to make or stitch a simple door mat for your own. All you need is some old clothes, a sewing machine and few minutes of yours. This was a holiday activity of mine.

I took a portion of my old bed sheet, which was teared, though in good condition. And for piping I took the left over cloth, after stitching a churidar. So lets start right?

  1. First, you need to decide on the cloth, which you need to make as a door mat.
  2. Take the cloth and fold it in such a way, till the same reaches the desired shape that you need your door mat to be.
  3. Later stitch the folded cloth along the border.
  4. Now start stitching in zig zag manner across the door mat , stitched through the border.
  5. This will help the cloth to be in position, while it is used or while washing the same.Now give piping to the door mat, along the border, using a different cloth , whose color contrast to that of the door mat.

preparing for the door mat

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take the cloth in length as neededFold it into desired shape and length
take the cloth in length as needed
take the cloth in length as needed | Source
Fold it into desired shape and length
Fold it into desired shape and length | Source

Embroidery to improve your door mat

There are many ways to create a door mat and this is a simple one, which can be created by anybody having basic knowledge to stitch. I have an electric sewing machine with options of inbuilt embroideries.

If needed you may try to accommodate the embroidery while doing the piping!! Yeah,but there is no relevance in having embroidering the door mat, as we use it to avoid the dirt from our legs..

But then, you can use the embroidery for those door mats that we use by the side of our bed.

stitching the door mat

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stitch the door mat along the borderstitch in zig zag manner across the door mat to keep the same in placepiping using another color cloth
stitch the door mat along the border
stitch the door mat along the border | Source
stitch in zig zag manner across the door mat to keep the same in place
stitch in zig zag manner across the door mat to keep the same in place | Source
piping using another color cloth
piping using another color cloth | Source

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Things to note: homemade door-mats

Door-mats are very much needed for a home to be clean and tidy. I do have three entries to my home from outside. And during rainy season, it is so much messy as family members do come with mud filled shoes and chappals from outside. And if there are kids at your home, then the mess will double up for sure.

Usually I clean the door mats once in a month. So I make sure while buying the door mats, that it is easily washable and that it won't get useless after the wash. And this rainy season, I just washed my door mats and it seems that those are not getting dried and I was running short of door mats and It was so difficult for me to go out and buy the door mats as it was raining heavily. Yes rain is actually a boon, but at times I feel that it ends me with not allowing to do anything :)

Yeah and what I ended up is to make door mat of my own, I had many old cloths waiting in my wardrobe to be revamped ;) Make sure you choose clothes which are easier to stitch and easier to use and also easier to clean :)

I took a cotton bed sheet and that does take away dirt easily from the shoes. And it is easier to clean also. Since I have nothing to spend than few threads and time, I could make a number of door-mats, to stock it for future use and which saves my pocket too!!!

Simple homemade door mat of your own

Home made door mat
Home made door mat | Source

Other ways to make door mats

  • You may try stitching together more than one color clothes and then fold it to make the door mats to have colorful door mats.
  • You may take a big cloth and then try stitching in another cloth in a triangular shape and stitch the whole door mat in that manner, so that the door mat will look embossed - a trendy design
  • Take three colored cloths and tie/stitch at one end and start pleating the same as we do to our hair and now stitch it in a round manner to get a round shaped door mat. Make sure that you stitch the same tightly and closely.

Door mat from old clothes


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      Patrick Kamau 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This is a quite resourceful hub showing some of the Do It Yourself activities at home. Thanks for sharing.

    • deepateresa profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      thanks to know that suma, yeah I will be doing that

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      suma sujai 

      5 years ago

      hai, it good idea ...i was thinking to put fire on my old rugs. but now its good idea. post some more uses of old rugs.

    • deepateresa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks Sunny for leaving a comment for this Hub

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      6 years ago


    • deepateresa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks for the encouraging comment ChitrangadaSharan ....

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Good to make something useful with old clothes. I also enjoy reusing my old clothes to make something worthwhile.

      Nice hub--thanks for sharing!

    • deepateresa profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks curious dreamer for the visit..

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      Mahesh Mohan 

      7 years ago from India

      nice work


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