How to Bind & Back a Rug

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How to Bind & Back a Rug
Protect your handiwork for years to come. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Handmade rugs can be made from a variety of materials using many different techniques. Whether you've made a whimsical felt rug for your playroom featuring dancing animals or an elegant, jewel-toned hooked rug for in front of your fireplace, you will want to bind and back your rug to protect it for years to come.

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Broadcloth, felt, or whatever heavy fabric you choose to back your rug with
  • Scissors
  • Binding tape
  • Straight pins
  • Hand needle
  • Carpet thread
  • Quilter's temporary spray adhesive

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  1. 1

    Measure your rug. Cut your backing fabric to the same size as your rug.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut your binding tape two inches longer than each side of the rug.

  3. 3

    Take one piece of binding tape and align one edge with one edge of the rug. Pin in place. You should have one inch hanging off either end.

  4. 4

    Secure the rug binding in place with cross stitches down the entire length of the binding. Cross stitches look like the letter X. First stitch a row of angled stitches across the entire edge of the binding into the rug. When you reach the end of the row, reverse direction crossing back over each stitch.

  5. 5

    Sew the binding to your rug on the remaining three sides in the same way.

  6. 6

    Flip your rug over, bottom side up and spray with adhesive. If you have a large rug work in small sections. Smooth the backing piece onto the back of the rug until the entire back is covered.

  7. 7

    Fold the rug binding to the back, and pin in place. Fold the ends of the binding in for a squared off finish, or angle and join the ends together for a mitred look. Stitch the rug binding to the back the same way you did to the front.

    How to Bind & Back a Rug
    Mitre your corners to look like the corners of a frame (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • If you are laying this rug on a particularly slippery floor, you might want to lay it on top of a rubberised mat, or brush a layer of liquid rubber onto the backing fabric.

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