This little rug will sit on the table top in my wool studio. Normally, I would add a wool binding to the edge, but did come across this miniature gingham check that was a perfect color match for this unique piece. (Tutorial for how the background was done is in a previous post).
I began by trimming the excess linen backing away and leaving 1.25 inches that I serged. (you could zigzag) I folded this linen forward toward the last row of hooking.
I then did a loose running stitch to hold it in place.
Before cutting my fabric binding, I measured around my rug and added 6" for ease, as this is a small piece. (on larger rugs I add 10"). I then cut my gingham 2.5" wide on the bias. As my fabric was very lightweight, I decided to press a lightweight fusible pellon on one half of the bias. It is pressed to the side that is going to be sewn up against the edge of the rug for extra body.
I then sew the fabric bias by placing it face down, up against the last row of hooking and use a simple up and down ladder stitch.
I go all the way around and the final ends are simply overlapped.
I have then flipped it around to the back and pinned it in place. At this point, you could just whip stitch the edge down if you wished. I did have a great piece of pink wool that I decided to use to cover the back. Placing it on top of the back, I just hand trimmed an oval shape. After checking the fit, I then trimmed a few wonky spots before whip stitching it in place.
I then pressed back and front after stitching to give a nice finish.
Love this cute little rug with its unique background and adorable gingham edge.
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