How to Make a Rug Hooking Mat Frame

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How to Make a Rug Hooking Mat Frame
Hook rug showing the hook, canvas and yarns. (rug making image by Alison Bowden from

Hooking rugs is done by threading a hook tool between openings on rug canvas and pulling yarn or threads up. Typical of most needlework crafts, it is easier to hook a rug when the underlying canvas material is flat and when the entire width of the rug is visible as you work. Because rugs vary in size, it is easier to make a frame to fit your project using inexpensive materials. You can store or share these frames with other crafters for use in other projects.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 2-inch PVC pipe
  • PVC elbows
  • PVC glue
  • 4 PVC snap clamps
  • Hacksaw
  • Saw box
  • Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of your rug and add 4 inches. Cut two PVC 2-inch pipes to this length using a hacksaw and a cutting box. Cut two PVC 2-inch pipes 12 inches long.

  2. 2

    Apply PVC glue to the inside of two PVC elbows. Apply PVC glue to each end of a long pipe. Slide the pipes into the elbows and lay down so that the elbows are going the same direction. Repeat with the second pipe and elbows.

  3. 3

    Place the long pipe so that the elbows are facing each other. Apply PVC glue to the inside of both elbows and to the outside of one short pipe. Slide the short pipe into the elbows. Repeat with the other side. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Place the beginning of your rug canvas over the top long bar and press PVC snap clamps to hold the material taut and secure. Stretch the fabric to the lower bar and use two more snap clamps. You can use additional snap clamps for wider rugs. Roll the excess rug material into a long tube and pin it with safety pins to keep the rolls tidy.

Tips and warnings

  • You can add legs by using T corners and piping along the sides of your frame to elevate it. You can also make your working area larger than 12 inches if you prefer a larger view.

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