How to use iron-on rug binding

Written by emma lee | 13/05/2017
How to use iron-on rug binding
Fold and press canvas to wrong side.

Iron-on rug binding will give your homemade rug a professional and finished look. Bindings are also used to keep your rug from unravelling. You can add years of life to your rug by adding binding. Binding can be found in fabric shops or shops that sell novelty sewing items. The cost will be under £2. Binding is available in cotton and twill. You will find that binding is quick and easy to apply.

Measure your rug before you purchase the iron-on binding. A package will contain 3 to 4 m (3 or 4 yards) of binding.

Place your rug right-side down on a hard flat surface.

How to use iron-on rug binding
Fold and press canvas to wrong side

Fold the unfinished border of canvas toward the wrong side of the rug. Use your iron to crease the canvas so it will lay flat.

How to use iron-on rug binding
Press iron-on binding to wrong side

Follow the instructions on the package of iron-on binding for the temperature setting of your iron. Iron the binding to the canvas. Once the binding has cooled, test the bondage. You may need to repeat the ironing process until the binding adheres properly. Once the binding is secure your rug is finished.


Follow the package instructions for proper cleaning care.

Things you need

  • Rug
  • Iron-on binding
  • Flat surface
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

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