How to Repair Rug Fringe
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- Pull the threaded end through the eye until the thread is doubled.
- Tie a knot where the ends meet.
Step 2 - Sewing the Fringe On
- 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.
- 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.
- To make extra secure, you can double back and sew two times. This is advisable if the rug gets used and vacuumed a lot.
- 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
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.
- Place a newspaper underneath the rug so it does not get stuck to the floor.
- 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.
- Let it dry completely before placing it back on the floor.
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.
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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Claudia Mitchell