Rebecca demonstrates she's got a few good plays up her sleeve when she comes up with the design for this baseball diamond-inspired carpet. You can treat your own child to some ballpark fun by making one yourself. Check out the instructions below.
The required materials are carpet knives with extra blades; 1 large piece of green carpet; several smaller pieces of red, white and brown carpet; carpet tape; cardboard; and iron-on seaming tape. Also, to complete the project, you will need to take your finished carpet to a carpet store to have the edges professionally bound. Do not attempt to bind the carpet without a professional.
To begin, lay the large piece of green carpet face down. Next, cut a piece of cardboard to resemble a baseball diamond. Using the cut cardboard as your template, begin to cut the carpet with the carpeting knife. (Note: It is very important to measure and cut the diamond accurately or the entire project will be ruined.)
After cutting the green carpet, you must cut the carpet pieces that will represent the baseline, bases and pitcher's mound (white carpet), and the infield dirt, as well as the dirt surrounding home plate and the pitcher's mound (brown carpet).
Now that all the necessary pieces of carpet have been cut, the next step is to begin fitting the pieces together, like a big puzzle. When adding the different, colored pieces to the baseball diamond, place each piece on top of the green carpet and cut around each with a carpet knife. (You may want to use tailor's chalk to first mark the outline of the colored pieces, before making your cuts.) The cutouts from the green carpet should be large enough that the colored pieces fit like pieces of a puzzle.
After the new colors have been placed, the next step is to seam the pieces together. To complete this step, apply iron-on seaming tape on the underside of the carpet in the areas of the carpet where the new pieces have been added.
Finally, after the pieces have been ironed in place, the next step is to bind the edges so that they won't fray and to sustain the longevity of the carpet. You must take your carpet to a professional carpet installer or carpeting store to have the edges bound.