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Plain or colored burlap can be purchased for around $1 or less per yard. Calculate the amount you'll need by measuring all sides of carpet remnant. Give yourself some extra yardage for "oopsies". Cut strips of burlap that will fold both over and under the sides of the carpet. Secure with hot glue. (I used a commercial grade glue gun). You'll have a professional look for mere pennies.
If the burlap starts to separate from carpet, simply glue back in place. A commercial grade glue gun prevents this altogether and creates a permanent bond.
By April from Albany, GA
I often use carpet scraps for cat scratching posts. This idea will help make them last longer. Excellent. Thank you
By April from Albany, Georgia
This is just a great idea. And if you have an older carpet with frayed edges, I bet you could trim it, do the burlap-and-glue-gun thing, and make it look almost new again.
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How can I bind my carpet remnants myself?
Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA
I ve heard that some people use heavy weigh fishing line and a hook needle to do this. You would have to have very strong hands to pull it through and make it stay tight. When I worked at a floor store, we had to send them out because tt takes a very powerful machine to do this. There is this link that may help or you could check local floor covering stores to see if they offer something similar
About 6 years ago I bound a 'temporary' (haha) runner with black duct-tape around all 4 edges. It is a low-pile brown carpet. I had intentions to get a 'real' runner when it wore out. Well, it's still looking great, even with heavy foot traffic in our laundry room.
How do you hand bind carpet remnants? We just got new wall to wall installed and I would like to bind some remnants for area rugs.
Joyce from Danville, NH
I did this with berber carpeting so I don't know if longer carpeting would work. I simply took biased tape and hot glued it to the back side and then to the front.. I did this for a runner on our up-stair's steps (all bedrooms are upstairs). We are a family of six and in 2 years we have not had a problem.
Hope this helps. (10/05/2006)