Nautical Rope Rug

Good morning! I’m kinda super excited because it looks like tomorrow will be the last cold cold day in a while. For the next week, we’re looking at highs in the 40s and 50s, what!?!??! Which means that I can probably go back to running outside (no ice/snow on the sidewalks) and take Boone on walks again. I’m pretty excited about both. Plus, the whole not freezing as soon as I step outside…

Today’s project is a love/hate one. I love the end result but, I’m not going to sugar coat it, the process was very very tedious. It took me way longer than expected and I was glad to be done when it was all over. Nonetheless, it turned out pretty awesome and I’m debating on making another one, cause I like to torture myself like that.

Naturical Rope Rug how-to

I first saw the nautical rug on Martha Stewart’s Living magazine and I knew it would be perfect for our three seasons room. It’ll have very subdued nautical décor. Plus, the rope is a perfect material for a rug that leads to the backyard, it can get dirty and take in a lot of wear and tear.

Naturical Rope Rugs

Materials needed:

  • 2’x3’ piece of cardboard
  • rope, the amount will depend on the rope gauge, but about 200’ should be good enough
  • small nails
  • glue gun
  • heavy thread and needle

Naturical Rope Rug rope

Start by tracing the pattern to the piece of cardboard to be your guide.

Nautical Rope Rug graphicNautical Rope Rug pattern

With the rope at the halfway point, trace the pattern remembering to go over/under every other crossing.

Naturical Rope Rug round 1

With one of the ends, follow the pattern and keep rope as taught as possible.

Naturical Rope Rug round 2

Here’s where the nails come in handy. I used them to keep the rope in place.

Naturical Rope Rug nails

Keep feeding the rope through until you’re done with one half.

Naturical Rope Rug round 3

Grab the other end and repeat the above steps.

Naturical Rope Rug round 4

Once you are done and all the ends are in place, you’re ready for the next step.

Naturical Rope Rug round 5

Start by pulling the rope from one of the inner loops to make it taught. It doesn’t matter where you start.

Naturical Rope Rug pull 1

Make sure you pull it so the top rope (in this case) comes close to the crossing.

Naturical Rope Rug pull 2

Feed the excess you made through the pattern, making the rope taught as you go.

Naturical Rope Rug pull 3

Slowly, but surely, the loop you’re feeding will get bigger and bigger and the rug will get smaller and more taught/filled.

Naturical Rope Rug loop

Once you fed it all the way through, you’re going to end up with excess rope at the ends. Just grab this and feed it through the pattern.

Naturical Rope Rug end excess

Once you’re completely done, you might need to repeat the second set of steps until all the gaps have been filled. This might take some time.

Naturical Rope Rug final round

Finally, secure the rug by hot gluing or sewing the ends and any places where it might be a little loose on the backside of the rug.

Naturical Rope Rug do it yourself

One thing I would do differently, use a bigger gauge rope. This will probably make it go faster and it’ll keep the shape a little better.

Naturical Rope Rug

It’s a lot of work for just one rug, but I know it will last. Plus, it’s pretty cool!


  1. This process looks like torture… However, it is amazing!!

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! This will be PERFECT in white for in front of the sink in my “Beach-y” themed guest bath. Thank you SEW much for the great instructions!! I have seen this type of rug before but never w/ a tutorial & YOUR tute is Very easy to follow! I see some Dr Who episodes in my near future!
    Thank you SEW much!
    PS; I found you on Craftaholics Anonymous®

  3. I saw a rug like this on ON A SHIP and I loved it so much, I took pictures, thinking maybe one day I can crack how they made it so I can have one at home. That was three weeks ago and now I find your tutorial! Thank you so much! 😀

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