How to bind a latch hook rug

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How to bind a latch hook rug
People find the binding phase daunting. (Ekaterina Minaeva/iStock/Getty Images)

Once a latch hooked rug is complete, you need to bind it so the edges don't fray. For some, this is the most dreaded step of making the rug, but it does not have to be difficult or strenuous. You have an edge and you need to cover and seal it. There are many different products for this and many different ways to affix the binding. In the spirit of keeping things easy, follow the steps below to bind your latch hook rug in less than 30 minutes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Iron-on binding
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Completed latch hook rug project
  • Straight pins

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set up the ironing board and preheat the iron on medium. Preheating is important because you are using iron-on binding, and if it isn't hot enough it won't work. If it is too hot, it could scorch or burn the binding.

  2. 2

    Cut a length of binding 2.5 cm (1 inch) longer than the rug. Fold it in half and place it around the rug edge. If the binding is too far away from the yarn, you can either trim the edge or roll it up inside the binding.

  3. 3

    Place a few straight pins along the binding to hold it in place.

  4. 4

    Press the iron along the binding, moving slowly to allow the heat to penetrate and activate the iron on functionality. Trim the ends.

  5. 5

    Repeat this process until the entire edge of the rug is bound. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the straight pins. Your latch hook rug is bound and ready to use.

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