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Easy Way to Customize Floor Mats for Your Car or Truck

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Are the floor mats in your vehicle old, weathered and worn out but too expensive to replace? Do the mats buckle and slide around under your feet when you’re driving because they don’t fit properly? Maybe you just don’t like the floor mats that came with your car or truck. Or maybe you want to make a statement with some mats in a hot color or wild design.

Driving without the ugly worn-out mats is not a good solution, as mats are meant to protect your vehicle’s underlying carpeting and floorboards from damage caused by dirt, mud, sand, water and debris. However, you may be surprised to learn how simple it is to make and bind your own custom, brand-new floor mats.

With a little bit of time and a few simple tools, you can cut and bind professional-looking floor mats for your vehicle in any size and shape and save a lot of money. Do-it-yourself self-adhesive carpet binding tape will give your new floor mats a beautiful and durable finished edge and no one will ever know you made them yourself. The carpet binding tape is available in many colors,  styles and materials to coordinate with whatever carpeting you choose, and no special tools are required.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

Carpet Remnant
Old floor mats or heavy paper for cutting patterns
Instabind™ DIY Binding Tape
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Clear tape

NOTE: Before you start cutting and designing new floor mats, you’ll have to measure carefully to be sure the new mats will fit. You will also need to know what size carpet remnant to buy and how much carpet binding tape you need. Good deals on carpet remnants in a wide variety of colors and patterns can usually be found at do-it-yourself home centers and carpet retail stores. You may want to buy a little extra carpeting and a few extra feet of binding tape in case you make a slight mistake with your measurements.
 
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Thank you for sharing this. I didn't make these mats exactly but used
your ideas to make similar mats using some carpet remants I had lying
around, worked perfect.

Anodean1 year ago
Wow! That Instabind stuff is awesome - I had no idea such a thing existed. But with that said, your excellent instructions might allow a determined person to do almost as good a job with some tough twill tape and hot glue. Not that I'd bother if I could get my hands on some of this Instabind - there have got to be a dozen good uses for custom-shaped rug pads, from cargo spaces to doggoned floor mats. Bravo! :D
mole11 year ago
This is SO cool!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
are these your images?