Binding A Hooked Rug...

Binding a Hooked Rug -

There are as many ways to bind a rug
as there are wool choices...
but my personal favorite is 
whipping the edge with wool yarn.

Binding a Hooked Rug -

I like to use a Chenille needle #16.
This type needle has a sharp tip 
and a large eye for threading the yarn.
Any needle that feels good in your hand 
can be used, it doesn't have to be this type.
I whip the edge using a double thickness of yarn,
so that I have good coverage.

Binding a Hooked Rug -

I use 100% wool yarn to bind my rugs.
It doesn't have to be fancy, this wool was
purchased with a 50% off coupon at A.C. Moore.

I will occasionally purchase specialty yarn,
if I am looking for a certain color.

Binding a Hooked Rug -

To cord or not to cord ??

I have bound rugs with cotton cord/roping and without.
Using cotton cord provides an even and consistent border.
Every time I bind a rug without cording, 
the edges are uneven and "thick and thin",
depending on how firmly I pull my yarn.
Sometimes, I like that look, 
but more often I prefer a clean 'even' look.
When you use cord/roping, as you pull the yarn snugly,
it can only tighten as far as the cord will allow,
as a result the binding is even and consistent.
( I buy my cotton cording/roping at 
my local hardware store. *cheap*)

Binding a Hooked Rug -

I will cut my primitive burlap, one side at a time,
about 1 inch from the hooked edge.
(If you cut more than one side at a time,
you will have a fraying mess !)
Roll the burlap tightly, up and over the cotton cording,
towards the front of the rug.
I like simple, so I use a basic clothes pin to hold a small 
section in place, while I whip the edge. 
Be careful to go 'up to' the hooked area, but don't take your needle into the hooked loops.
(Keep the whipping close together, 
so that no burlap shows) 

Binding a Hooked Rug -

Don't knot your yarn, but rather 'lay the ends', 
(I usually leave about 2 inches when starting and stopping),
into the rolled edge and bind in place as
you continue around the edge of your rug.

Binding a Hooked Rug -

Corners can be tricky.
A few things that have helped me...
I make sure I won't be running out of 
yarn, as I near a corner. 
I know what you are thinking - 'well, of course', 
but I can't tell you how often this has happened !!
Corners need my full concentration, 
so I don't want to have to rethread 
my needle on a corner - it makes the corner lumpy!

Also, this is where cording can be really helpful,
as you round the corner, the cording keeps everything
moving smoothly.  Trim the burlap as needed,
so that you don't have excess bunching
of fabric, as you roll the burlap over the cord.

Binding a Hooked Rug -

After the binding is complete,
I'll steam the back of the rug to make
it relax and lay nice and flat.
I'll give it a basic 'clean up' by removing any 
lint/burlap hair from the front and trimming any wool tails.
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Enjoy this beautiful day...


  1. How do you "connect" the cording when you reach the starting point? By just butting them together?

    1. Hi Marie...
      When I reach within about 2 inches of the end of my edging, I cut the cording so that it butts up against where the cording started. I don't overlap the cording at the end, because it would make a lump on the finished edge.

  2. I'm not a rug hooker but love learning the nuances of the skill. Your corner and finishing look great! Thanks for sharing your skills.

  3. Very nice rounded corner. For some reason the last time I whipped my rug with wool and even tho there was cording there were ripples. Maybe I didn't tug my cording or maybe I stopped and started with different moods which may have affected that.

    Another thing I do is secure the edge of the foundation with stitching to ensure it doesn't ravel. Yes, I understand the edge is rolled and tucked neatly, and maybe it is over kill but want to be sure nothing frays years later.

  4. Great tutorial Rose. Corners often give me fits but yours looks so nice. It's been awhile since I used cording on my edges - might have to do it again soon....

  5. I've bound with yarn and wool strips, but never added the cording. One of these days I'll have to try it. Thanks for the pictures. That helps so much.
    Hugs :)

  6. I've pinned it. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  7. That looks great! You are so very talented and do such nice work.

  8. I have bought cording and still have it in my cupboard. I have never done it because I wasn't really sure how. It really looks nice. Thanks so much for sharing this. Your edges and your corners look amazing. I like the idea of your using the clothes pin too. I have just used pins and I am always sticking myself. That is another great idea.

  9. thank you for great information.
    I only know how to bind with wool like I would a quilt. So much yet to learn.

  10. Enjoy ur posts,,, thanks very much,,, ur mats are sweet,,,, have a great day,,,

  11. what size cuts do you hook with?

  12. what size cuts do you quilt with and do you use same size for smaller and larger quilts

  13. Barbara3/06/2017

    Excellent tutorial, thanks. 😀

  14. How long does it take to bind a rug like?

  15. Beautiful! I have seen that some people put a layer of muslin on the back of the rug. do you suppose this is to prevent too much dust or catching and pulling out a loop? I guess this is not very important?