How to Repair Rug Fringe

Updated on November 10, 2015
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Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

How to Repair Rug Fringe - A Step by Step Tutorial
How to Repair Rug Fringe - A Step by Step Tutorial | Source

A few months ago when I was vacuuming, I rolled across a corner of my living room rug and the fringe got caught in the vacuum cleaner. Upon further inspection, about 7 inches of the rug fringe had pulled away from the main carpet. Luckily it was not completely torn off, just pulled back.

I called a carpet repair shop and was told that it would be quite expensive to fix. In addition, I would have to take the carpet, which is very large, to the shop. Being on a budget, I decided to fix it myself and it turned out to be an easy project.

So far, the fix has held and it looks like it used to. I even vacuum over it with no problems.

Important Disclaimer: This method is not for all carpets and rugs. DO NOT try this repair on a fancy persian carpet or any other rug that is valuable. My carpet, while quite nice, was under $500 when I first purchased it, and I have had it for a number of years.

If you have any doubt as to the value of your rug, have it looked at by a professional before any repairs are made.

Living room rug fringe repair

Fringe on a rug, torn away after vacuuming.
Fringe on a rug, torn away after vacuuming. | Source
Torn rug fringe on the back side of the rug.
Torn rug fringe on the back side of the rug. | Source

As you can see from the photos above, the fringe has torn away from the rug. In addition, there is some damage to the fringe on the back side of the rug. The stitching has been frayed and needs to be repaired.

Supplies you'll need

Supplies I used to repair the rug fringe.
Supplies I used to repair the rug fringe. | Source

Rug repair supplies

  • Fishing line - It's clear and extremely strong. I used a 4 pound weight because it is thinner and fits well through needles.
  • Tapestry needles - There are many different kinds and I needed one with a very sharp point to go through the tough carpet.
  • Glue - I used a strong craft glue that was labeled as good for fabrics, waterproof, was marked as non-flammable, and had a flexible hold.
  • Scissors, Newspaper, Toothpicks

Step 1 - Preparing to sew

Threading the needle.
Threading the needle. | Source
  1. Take a long strand of fishing line and thread one end through the needle. You'll need a long enough piece so that it can be doubled.
  2. Pull the threaded end through the eye until the thread is doubled.
  3. Tie a knot where the ends meet.

Step 2 - Sewing the fringe on

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Begin on the back side of the rug and insert the needle.When coming up through the front side of the rug, make sure to catch the strip of fringe.Fold over the fringe strip and continue sewing until the end.
Begin on the back side of the rug and insert the needle.
Begin on the back side of the rug and insert the needle. | Source
When coming up through the front side of the rug, make sure to catch the strip of fringe.
When coming up through the front side of the rug, make sure to catch the strip of fringe. | Source
Fold over the fringe strip and continue sewing until the end.
Fold over the fringe strip and continue sewing until the end. | Source
  1. Starting on the back side of the rug, insert the needle through to the front side. This can be extremely tough. Rugs are thick and can have some glue on the edge that is hard to penetrate. Make sure to use a sharp needle.
  2. Bring the needle up through the front and make sure to catch the fringe strip. Continue sewing until finished. In my case, the fringe tore off on the corner and needed to be folded over to complete.
  3. To make extra secure, you can double back and sew two times. This is advisable if the rug gets used and vacuumed a lot.
  4. When finished, tie a double knot as closely to the carpet surface as possible. Clip the thread, leaving the knot, so the fishing line doesn't unravel.

Step 3 - Glue the rug fringe

Rug fringe glued down.
Rug fringe glued down. | Source

Before using any glue, make sure to test it on the rug you are repairing. Place a small dab on an obscure part of the rug that cannot be seen. Once you have determined that it is safe to use, proceed.

  1. Place a newspaper underneath the rug so it does not get stuck to the floor.
  2. Place some glue on the back of the rug where the fringe ends and, using a toothpick, smear it around so that it covers the fringe. Remember to only put glue on the back side of the rug.
  3. Let it dry completely before placing it back on the floor.

This repaired rug looks almost as good as it did when I first bought it.
This repaired rug looks almost as good as it did when I first bought it. | Source

Your rug looks great now that it's repaired!

Instead of paying someone to fix your everyday rug, do it yourself. You'll be glad you did. Not only will it save you a lot of money and time, it will look as good as new when you are finished.

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 years ago

      Nice thing is that my fix is still holding strong. Glad you found this hub helpful RTalloni and thanks for commenting.

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      This is one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-it ideas. Thanks for the instructions. I have no doubt about the value of my rug that needs fringe repair and this is definitely the way to go! Pinning to Solve It: Indoors.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Hi aviannovice - Glad you found the hub useful. I am doing more and more stuff myself because I find I can and it is saving me money. Thanks for reading.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      ytsenoh - Thanks so much for your kind comments. I hope it helps a few people say some money on their rug repairs.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Hi livingsta - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for the support and kind comments.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Hi Jackie - It definitely pays to be willing to learn something like this. It's amazing how much people charge for certain repairs. I appreciate the comments.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is wonderful. Glad that you took the time to look into this, as it can sure help a lot of people. In this economy, most people can't afford these kinds of repairs, but they need to be done. Awesome and up, as well as sharing.

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      Cathy 

      5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Thumbs up! Glimmer, what a wow hub...so well constructed and written. Love how you provide clear and concise instructions, including your images. Excellent. Thank you.

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      livingsta 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this useful hub. It is so good to get things done at home, isn't it? A lot cheaper and that feeling of having done something by oneself is great. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      I appreciate it tillsontitan. I was a little nervous at first, but realized it would save us a lot of money and I could always put that corner of the rug under a chair if it didn't work, but it worked out really well. Hope it helps others. Thanks for commenting.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Thanks so much Bill. I know it saved me a few hundred bucks so I hope it will help others. I appreciate the support.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      FlourishAnyway - I am definitely glad I fixed it rather than remove the fringe. It would have ruined the look of the rug. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for commenting.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Thanks so much tinagleisner. Those were really nice comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Hi Bill - I would consider the "manly" sewing, if there was such a thing. Saved me a few hundred bucks so it was definitely worth it. Thanks for reading!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Looks good as new. Great info and I love learning to do these things myself. You should see my fan collection, just from a little cleaning and greasing! Pays to be willing huh?

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      You certainly are crafty and adventurous! I don't know if I would have trusted myself to do this but since you've shown us how in such easy step-by-step instructions, I think I might be able to. I'm sure a lot of other folks are thinking the same thing. GRRREAT job Glimmer!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great step by step instructions that should save folks plenty of money. You did a great repair job, I can't tell at all that the rug was repaired. Great Hub Glimmer Twin. Voted up and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      Nice instructions. It sure beats giving the rug a "haircut" by cutting the fringe off. That always looks horrible, but I've seen it done, hehe. Makes me think twice about buying rugs with fringe.

      I really like what you have done here. Voted up.

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      tinagleisner 

      5 years ago from NH Seacoast

      Like your thoughtful description of the project from ... an estimate that was too high, to the tools & steps needed to complete the repair. Love the photos as they tell the story better than words, most of the time.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, you don't really expect me to do this, do you? I saw the needle and I'm picturing me bleeding profusely during this task. :)

      Great information and I will pass it on to Bev, who is much safer with needles than I am. :)

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