How to Make Tufted Rugs

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How to Make Tufted Rugs
Tufted rugs are made of yarn. (Knitting image by Yuriy Rozanov from

Homemade hand-tufted rugs are a creative and beautiful addition to any home decor. A hand-tufted rug is similar to a hand-knotted rug, but can be done less expensively. This rug-making process involves inserting yarn with a tufting tool into a backing, then attaching another backing to anchor the yarn. The cut pile surface is indicative of a tufted rug, according to the National Floor Covering Alliance. Create a patterned tufted rug to go along with your decor scheme.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Tufting tool
  • Primary backing material
  • Latex glue
  • Final backing
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Push the yarn through your primary backing material. Use any yarn you like; a bit of knitting experience helps to complete this step. Push the yarn through the entire primary backing material before moving to the next step.

  2. 2

    Apply the final backing to the rug. Finish knitting the yarn into the primary backing. Apply the final backing to the tufted rug with latex glue. This holds the individual pieces of yarn together.

  3. 3

    Create a pile for your tufted rugs. Cut the loops of the yarn on top of the rug to create the pile. Length is determined by your preference and by how high your loops were pushed through in Step 1. Use fabric scissors to cut the loops; take your time so the cuts are the same length and level.

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