IKEA's SIGNE rugs are a bargain at $3.99 each, and are a durable (and washable) material that's handy for tons of DIY projects. See how easy it is to take one of these simple striped flat-weave rugs and turn it into something else entirely.
If you need something long, try stitching a few together to make an elongated runner. Clara (in the lead image above) also embellished hers with some felt leaves.
IKEA itself suggests turning their striped goodies into floor pillows. Here, they used two different colors on each side — one bright red and the other pastel — for winter and summer looks, all in one.
One of Jillee’s readers made her dog a new bed out of three of the rugs and about $10 worth of batting.
If you prefer a simpler project, check out this tote tutorial from My Cakies.
In this incredibly easy idea from Liz Marie, the rug simply acts as a liner in a wire basket.
Flat woven rugs are a great stand-in for upholstery fabric. You can learn how to make a bench cover over at IKEA Hackers.