Embrace the Dots with an Adorable DIY for Your Home: Polka Dot Rug

Hello everyone! The sun is shining, birds are singing, and the weather is absolutely delightful. It makes me so very happy! I really can’t get enough of this weather. And the weather should be fantastic for Mother’s Day which is less than 2 weeks away. My mom loves polka dots. So this year I wanted to make her something polka dot related for her home. I decided to brush off my latch hooking skills and make her this adorable polka dot rug. It’s so soft and plush and perfect for my mom. It turned out so cute, that I just might have to make one for myself.

Polka Dot Rug DIY

Big fluffy pom-poms and long latch hook hoops give an extra plush feeling. The bulky yarn creates a soft and dense texture that is a joy to experience. With the polka dot design, this rug is a darling edition to any room.

For this adorable polka dot rug you will need:

  • 4 skeins of black bulky yarn
  • 2 skeins of white bulky yarn
  • 1 latch hook rug base
  • Latch hook
  • Iron-on rug binding
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler and/or measuring tape

While this rug does take quite a bit of yarn, the only other specialty items you need to pick up are the rug base, a latch hook, and iron-on binding. The other supplies like scissors, pencil, and ruler you probably already have around the house. While this DIY is very easy to do; it does take quite a bit of time. Once you get everything prepped, it’s a great project to do while the family is watching TV in the evening.

To start getting everything ready to latch hook, first you need to make the templates for the latch hook loops and the pom-poms.

Making Cardboard Templates

Start by making the loop template. Mark out a strip 2 inches in width and the full length of your sheet of cardboard. Cut out the strip of cardboard, and you have your first template. I also recommend making a notch on either end on the same side to hold the yarn when you are cutting it.

Next make the pom-pom template by marking out a rectangle of 4 inches by 6 inches. Make a mark in the middle of the rectangle width-wise and about 1/16 of an inch on either side of this mark. (See photo above) Cut out the thin slit about 1/4 from the top. (See photo above) This slit will help you tie the center of your pom-pom together.


Now you can cut your rug base to size. It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need more time and yarn for a larger rug. Even the smaller rug size that I chose took quite a bit longer than I thought it would.

For this amount of yarn, I’d recommend making your rug 14 inches by 18 inches. Since that is the size of the finished rug, you will need to measure and cut the rug base 15 inches by 19 inches. This will give you 1/2 inch on every side for folding over and binding.

Measure and mark out your rug size. Then cut along the edge keeping the joined squares together. (See photo above: right side is for the rug and the left side is extra.) I’d also recommend marking your half inch of allowance all the way around. That way you won’t forget and latch hook all the way to the edges.

Now you can make your pom-poms.

Begin wrapping the white yarn around the pom-pom maker. You want to wrap the yarn in layers, and you’ll need about five layers for a nice fluffy pom-pom. Then cut off another piece of yarn and thread that through the top of the slit. Loop it around the yarn and through the bottom of the slit. Tie it together tightly. Slid the bundled yarn off of the template. Cut through the loops on either side and fluff the pom-pom. If any strands are sticking out too far carefully trim them. Then you’ll have a nice even pom-pom.

Repeat the steps until you have enough pom-poms for your rug. Once you have them you can move on to placing them on the rug.

First lay the pom-poms on the rug base so you get a general idea of where you want them. With a design like mine, I started at the center of the bottom edge. Then placed pom-poms in each corner about two-thirds from the center and a third from the edge not including the binding allowance. The two pom-poms in the middle are centered between the middle pom-poms along the edge and the corner pom-poms. (See photo above.)

The placement is up to you. But once you have them where you want them, I’d recommend marking where they are tied to the base and some some around them. When you are latch hooking the rug, you want the pom-poms to be integrated with the hooked loops. So leaving space around the pom-poms to sink into the rug is a good idea.

Next it’s time to make the loops for latch hooking the rug.

Place the end of the yarn into the notch in the template. Then wrap the yarn around the template in a single layer. At the end of the template, put the yarn into the notch and cut off the excess. While holding the yarn in place, cut the yarn along the edge that has the notches. You’ll end up with 4 inch pieces of yarn.

Just continue the wrapping and cutting process for all four skeins of black yarns. I’d recommend getting a large bowl or shoe box to cut them into. So you can store them safely when you aren’t working on the rug.

Once you have all the yarn pieces cut, it’s time to find a comfy chair and start latch hooking.

Begin at the bottom right hand corner and work your way up by rows. Hold the two ends of a 4 inch piece of yarn together and slip over the latch hook. Thread the hook through a rug square and back up on the other side. (See photos above.) Wrap the held yarn tails between the hook and the latch. Then pull the tails back under the rug base and to the other side through the yarn loop. (See photos above.)

Basically latch hooking is making a bunch of square knots to tie the yarn to the rug base. The special latch hooking tool allows the tails to be pulled through. As you can imagine this does take a while. But the results are completely worth the time and effort.

Once you have your rug done all that’s left is binding the edges and tying the pom-poms on.

Iron-On Rug Binding

First cut out a notch in each corner. That way the corners will be easier to fix down and will lay flat. Next cut the binding tape to fit each side. Heat up an iron between low and medium. You want it hot enough to attach the binding but too hot. If it’s too hot it might burn the yarn. Fold over the rug allowance and iron the binding on top of it with binding overlapping the allowance on to the rug. You will want to fold the corners together and iron the binding on top. Continue ironing on the binding all the way around.

After your rug is bound, tie the pom-poms on and fluff the rug. Now you have a charming polka dot rug.

Finished Polka Dot Rug

It’s so soft and fluffy. I really love this adorable rug, and it will be so fun to give it to my mom. Although the thickness of the rug makes it not entirely useful, the darling polka dot design makes up for that. I can’t wait to see it in my mom’s home. Mother’s day is going to be so fun!

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Tan and Black Outdoor Rug

This 5 foot by 8 foot rug is perfect for a deck or patio. It’s mold, mildew, and fade resistant. This outdoor rug is also reversible to quickly change the look of your backyard decor. It’s naturally water repellent and cleans up easily. This outdoor rug gives a fresh and elegant look to any backyard space. Remember supplies are limited so get it now before its sold out.

I hope you through enjoy this weather and your upcoming Mother’s Day! I can’t wait to give my mom her new rug. Next time I’ll be bringing you a seasonal recipe that I know your family will love. Until then have some fun, stay safe, and remember you are always welcome at home with Heartland.

2 thoughts on “Embrace the Dots with an Adorable DIY for Your Home: Polka Dot Rug

  1. Me and my wife, we just love DIY projects. I usually do bigger things but my wife makes different decorations and gives ideas on design.
    Polka dot rug really looks great and soft. I’ll have to tell my wife about it, so thank you for the idea and instructions! Although I’m a bit worried. How long does it stay that way? I mean it looks like it could lose shape pretty fast.. or maybe I’m wrong?
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    1. I’m so glad that you like the rug. 😀 With the pom-poms firmly tied into the rug base, it should keep it’s shape. The rug I made is super soft and still in good shape. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend using it in a high traffic area. It’s more cute than useful, but I just love it.

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