How to Finish Carpet Remnants
Binding carpet remnants is an economical way to create a throw rug that coordinates with your flooring. Although you can have the remnants professionally bound, doing it yourself allows for greater creativity in the finished rug. You can make your own binding to accentuate the room in which the rug will be used.
Step 1 - Measure and Cut Binding (or Make Binding)
If you are using binding, measure the carpet edges with a tape measure, and cut binding about 1-inch longer than lengths measured (total of 4-pieces). If you were unable to find coordinating binding, make your own! With a straight edge, mark and cut strips of fabric 4 inches wide by lengths as measured for binding. Fold strips in half (back sides together) and iron (the strips will now be 2 inches wide). Open the fabric strip just ironed. Fold each edge into the center of the strip and iron. Tip: use 1-inch cardboard template as a guide. Re-fold strips along the original ironed crease, and iron the entire strip. The result will be a 1-inch double-fold bias tape.
Step 2 - Attach Bias Tape
Lay carpet remnant face up on a clean flat surface. Open the bias tape completely, lay face down with one raw edge aligned with the remnant edge. Staple the bias tape to the remnant along the crease ironed in Step 1. Fold the bias tape over the staples and around to the back of the remnant. Fold the creased edge under. Turn the remnant over (face down). Glue the folded edge of the bias tape to the back of the remnant. Repeat for all 4 edges of the remnant. Cut the fabric at the corners and turn raw edges under to finish. Tip: attach length strips first, and then the width strips will overlap the length strips at the corners of the carpet remnant.