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How to Repair Rug Fringe

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

DIY Rug Fringe Repair

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.

Fringe on a rug, torn away after vacuuming.

Fringe on a rug, torn away after vacuuming.

Torn rug fringe on the back side of the rug.

Torn rug fringe on the back side of the rug.

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 I used to repair the rug fringe.

Supplies I used to repair the rug fringe.

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
Threading the needle.

Threading the needle.

Step 1: Prepare to Sew

  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: Sew the Fringe On

  1. Starting on the backside 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 it 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 close to the carpet surface as possible. Clip the thread, leaving the knot, so the fishing line doesn't unravel.
Rug fringe glued down.

Rug fringe glued down.

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.

  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 backside 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.

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 Porter


Claudia Porter (author) on May 10, 2020:

Sorry I can't help you with that. That fringe was already on the run, it had just come loose so it needed to be fixed.

Millie on May 09, 2020:

Hello Claudia,

I have been scouring the internet for places to purchase a fringe replacement. The one I need is exactly like the picture that you posted under Step 3. Can you advise me where to buy such a fringe?

Claudia Porter (author) on November 14, 2013:

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

RTalloni on November 14, 2013:

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.

Claudia Porter (author) on June 01, 2013:

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.

Claudia Porter (author) on June 01, 2013:

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

Claudia Porter (author) on May 31, 2013:

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

Claudia Porter (author) on May 30, 2013:

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.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 30, 2013:

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.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on May 29, 2013:

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

livingsta from United Kingdom on May 29, 2013:

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!

Claudia Porter (author) on May 29, 2013:

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.

Claudia Porter (author) on May 29, 2013:

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

Claudia Porter (author) on May 29, 2013:

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.

Claudia Porter (author) on May 29, 2013:

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

Claudia Porter (author) on May 29, 2013:

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!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 28, 2013:

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?

Mary Craig from New York on May 28, 2013:

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.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 28, 2013:

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.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 28, 2013:

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.

tinagleisner from NH Seacoast on May 28, 2013:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2013:

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. :)