Different Ways to Bind a Hooked Rug
Cotton Tape Binding
- Bind the rug using one-and-a-half inch wide woven cotton tape, a heavy-duty needle and heavy linen or cotton thread. Trim the base fabric to three-fourths of an inch from the edge of the last row of stitching. Lay the rug tape on the right side of the rug so the edge of the tape is right next to the last row of stitching and, with needle and thread, stitch the tape to the rug base, stitching an eighth of an inch from the edge of the cotton tape.
Fold the tape hanging over the rug edge to the back of the rug and pin it in place. At the corners, sew a miter, which means to stitch diagonally from the corner, into the rug. Sew the tape to the back of the rug with an overcast stitch, stitching loosely to avoid puckering and making sure you don't pierce the front of the rug.
- For rugs with a base made of monk's cloth, a fabric with a heavy cotton weave, make a self hemmed border. This method works best if the rug is not too large. Trim the excess base fabric to two inches and fold the excess fabric to the back of the rug, leaving a quarter inch edge on all four sides. Make the fold as close as possible to the last row of stitching on the rug. Stitch the hem first on two opposite sides, then hem the two remaining sides. These last two hems will be stitched to the first folds and the rug back.
- A fabric border in a complementary color can be stitched to a canvas rug base. This method has to be decided upon before you start the project because the edges first have to be turned under on all four sides of the base and secured with working knots before weaving begins. After the rug is completed, add yarn, using either a buttonhole stitch, an overcast stitch or a braided or plaited stitch, to bind the edges. The braided stitch can also be used to attach cotton tape to the underside of the rug for added slip control.