Rugs are a surprisingly good foundation for DIY projects and provide automatic shape, structure and texture upon which to build. Flat-woven ones in particular are pretty affordable, durable, and often jam-packed with graphic pattern. See what they’ve become in recent years at the hands of creative people.
As shown above, Use rugs as a stand-in for upholstery fabric and recover furniture, like this bedside bench from A Beautiful Mess.
Above, secure some feathers around a round mat made of natural materials and you'll get a decorative juju hat facsimile like this one from Remington Avenue.
Using a rug as a base for fiber art saves a lot of time. Kim of Made in a Day showed us recently that the added fibers blend nicely with a store-bough inexpensive floor mat.
Martha Stewart used striped rugs to create beach-y outdoor pillows for a bench.
This stuffed pouf ottoman from Kristi Murphy is durable and up to the task of support shoes.
An IKEA Signe rug becomes a storage bin in the hands of Home Prose.