Spruce Carpets, a Glasgow company that renovates carpet recently fitted a new one in my flat. Unfortunately, they can't reclaim the offcuts as there is not much of a market for them: mainly only as weed suppressing mats. I am also sick of seeing carpets left to rot in the street. So I am setting about creating a range of products making use of this under appreciated material.
Hope you like it - of course, any shapes that you can cut are possible, so get your imagination in gear and be sure to post any developments in the comments.
Step 1: What You Need.
Sharp Stanley knife, straight edge, sewing machine, marker pen and cutting surface. Either a printer or a ruler and angle measurer.
Upholstery thread, offcuts of felt backed acrylic carpet. Cardboard or plastic sheet(1mm to 3mm thick) for template.
cutting with a knife, operating a sewing machine.
Alternatively, the carpet may be waterjet cut. Economically, this is probably only appropriate for quantities exceeding 1000. EPS template requires editing and checking for this application.
Step 2: Make a Template
Download the template .eps, print out and tack onto template material. Alternatively, copy the pattern direct onto template material using ruler and angle measurers. My templates are made from leftover sheet plastic - the polypropylene sheet used for ring binders and folders is pretty good for this application as it is 1mm - 2mm thick and tough but cuts easily with a knife.
Below are three templates available for download, for tesselating tableware based on hexagons and equilateral triangles. The source for the Carpet Might range of coasters are also available for download below.
The photos in this instructable reflect the construction of an Underfoot coaster. The same construction is used for the tablemat, placemat and Carpet Might coasters