Transform small and inexpensive area rugs (these are only $4) into a full-length runner. All you need is a needle and thread. Using a whipstitch, hand-sew four 22-by-33-inch carpets together along their horizontal sides, then knot the thread securely at the end of each seam. The result? One sleek piece -- more than seven feet long -- that's truly greater than the sum of its parts.
Photography: Aaron Dyer
Source: Martha Stewart
4 small area rugs (22 by 33 inches, Signe rugs, in assorted colors, $4 each, ikea.com)
Thread (in a color matching rug)
Using a whipstitch (pictured), hand-stitch long sides of two rugs together.
Stitch through bottom of first rug, then down through top of second rug, circling back through bottom of first; knot securely at end of seam.
Repeat to attach remaining two rugs.