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This is my 17 year old son, Jacob, tearing out the tack strips from the old carpet in our hallway, helping with the renovations. He isn't thrilled about the idea of having the carpet removed from his bedroom. He likes the feel of carpet under his feet when he gets out of bed in the morning. I keep telling him how much cleaner having solid surface floors will be and how nice his room will look. He isn't buying it. Luckily, there is a nice big piece of carpet left over from ourrecent carpet installation.
I told my son that I would find a way to bind it so that he could have a nice rug beside his bed.
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.
You have to use the bias tape and the cording to make the piping that will go 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. I think this one will keep my son's feet happy when he wakes up in the morning! 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!
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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!