Save Your Feet, Bind a Rug
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Back in 2016, We removed most of the carpet out of our house and put down wood laminate flooring. I love it! My son was not thrilled though because he like stepping out of his bed onto nice soft carpeting in the morning. So, I did some research and came up with my own way of binding a carpet remnant and making a bedside rug. Now it is 2021, and that little rug still looks great and my son still steps on it everyday! (He is in college now!)
I watched numerous YouTube videos looking for a good way to bind a carpet. There were products that I was sure would cost more than I wanted to spend, so I devised my own way to get the job done.
Here are the supplies you will need to do a project like this.
Click on the pictures for an explanation.
To begin, lay your rug out and make sure it is cut in the shape or size that you want. My sides were pretty straight except for one of them. So, use a sharp razor knife or some sturdy scissors to even it out. Then, measure the perimeter of your rug so you will know how many yards of materials you will need to go all the way around it.
I used the bias tape and the cording to make the piping that goes around the rug. This takes the longest, but really isn't very hard to do. Click on these pictures to see the process.
Notice that I am sewing forward, but at a slight angle into the cord, in order to make it a tight tube. When finished, you will have ropes of piping like this. You can use this technique to make piping for pillows, too! Click on these photos for more info.
I found it easier to lay the rug on my ottoman upside down to begin applying the piping with with the Duct tape (I used the Duck Tape brand). Start with the end of the piping that has the empty section at the middle of one side of the rug.
Continue the taping process all around the rug. If you come to the end of one strip of piping, add another as follows:
Once it is all taped, it should look like this:
Now it is time to flip the rug over and do the gluing. I moved it to a table so my glue gun would be easier to use.
Finally, when you are finished, you will have a nice rug to use wherever you like. This one has been keeping my son's feet happy for quite some time now! If you have any carpet samples or scraps, some nice area rugs could make nice gifts or accents in your home. Hope you find this method useful!
*It makes us so happy that this post was featured on the To Grandma's House We Go linky party!
9/22/2016 08:59:20 am
I've wondered about how to do this! Thank you for the how-to! We just started the To Grandma's House we go link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too, thanks :)
9/22/2016 11:40:31 am
I am on my way! Thanks for the invitation!
9/22/2016 11:57:51 am
Thank you so much for coming and sharing! Pinned!
9/28/2016 11:40:13 am
Hey there, you were featured today at the To Grandma's house we go link party! :)
9/28/2016 12:55:19 pm
Wow! Thank you so much! That makes me so happy!
3/1/2018 12:27:01 am
Great tutorial! Never thought about doing this before. Shared your post on Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥
3/1/2018 04:21:06 am
In our old rock farmhouse, the "standard" rug sizes aren't quite right. This is giving me so many ideas on how to create rugs for my home! Thank you! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
3/1/2018 05:22:11 am
What a great tutorial. You can get a remnant and make a nice area rug out of it. Will be needing this in the near future.
3/1/2018 05:49:13 am
What a great tutorial!
3/1/2018 01:39:10 pm
This was so informative & wonderful. I could never do this! I am so untalented in projects like this. You are awesome.
3/2/2018 08:35:13 am
This was a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing.
11/5/2018 10:59:10 pm
Hi Helen Reynolds,
Gabrielle M Brown
10/30/2019 02:27:03 pm
How long will it hold
9/14/2021 10:10:06 am
Oh my goodness, I just did this! So glad I did... It saved me so much money and I got to use the rug I had my heart set on. I bought it to install as a stair runner but it was too wide. So instead of returning I gave carpet binding a try! Great tutorial! Yours turned out great!
5/27/2023 02:03:34 am
Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at #IMadeItMondayLinkParty 12. Shared.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!