Binding a Carpet Remnant?

I'm hoping some fellow members have had experience with binding carpet remnants and will share what they have learned.

I have new carpet throughout the house. Rather than having different colors for each room, I chose a nice teal for all the floors, except the kitchen and bath. I have a good sized roll left over. I will keep most of the roll intact.


I want to use some of it for small area rugs. I have never bound a carpet before. I watched a video on YouTube for applying Instabind carpet binding.

The application looks easy enough, but I have several questions. I'm mainly concerned about washability. Has anyone had experience applying binding in the manner described in the video?

I'm not too keen on the idea of sewing binding to the carpet, but I will if that's the only way I can be assured it stand up to washings. Have any of you sewn binding to carpet remnants? Did you find it difficult or did you find it well worth the time?


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November 5, 20180 found this helpful

I have not done this, but you need heavy duty needles and thread. I am not sure a conventional sewing machine was made for this. You could do it by hand.

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November 6, 20180 found this helpful

I have heavy duty needles, and I figure doubled dental floss would be strong enough. I guess what I'm thinking about is the time involved.


I just don't think the adhesive binding and hot glue will hold up to washings. I wouldn't be washing the rugs a lot, but still...

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November 6, 20180 found this helpful

This product looks too good to be true.

If you want something that is going to last and look good (it is very challenging to get your edges totally square--that I can vouch for just from my years making hook rugs), you may want to find someone local who does machine binding. There are places that charge $1-5 a linear foot and that is well worth it to me, to have it done right the first time.

My other concern about the product you had the video on is that it looks ripe for tripping on or overdont know why, but it looks it would easily pull away after a while.


Also, if you have pets, I can see their nails getting caught in it and pulling it off.

You could ask at a carpet store if they know someone (or they bind), or put an ad on Next Door or Craigs List wanted someone to bind the carpet professionally (via machine). A good dry cleaner may also know someone. I am all about safety first and this product does not look safe.

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November 9, 20180 found this helpful

I second the notion that it sounds too good to be true. On the other hand it depends on how often you want to have it washed.

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