How to Make a Piece of Carpet Into a Rug

by Lanh Ma
Carpet remnants add color to your floors.

Carpet remnants add color to your floors.

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Carpet remnants are the scraps left over from carpet bolts after the bulk of the material has been laid down. Remnant sizes vary and, although too small to carpet rooms, they are small area rugs in waiting. Bind the edges of a rectangular carpet remnant to get a small, elegant-looking rug for your home.

Items you will need

  • Carpet remnant
  • Measuring tape
  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
Step 1

Measure all four sides of the carpet remnant and add one inch to each measurement for the burlap strip lengths.

Step 2

Cut four burlap strips that are 4-inches wide plus the measured length of the remnant sides.

Step 3

Fold down the short ends of each burlap strip by quarter of an inch and glue it flat with the hot glue. This prevents the strips from fraying along the short ends.

Step 4

Apply a thick line of hot glue to one of the carpet-side edges of the carpet remnant.

Step 5

Press the corresponding lengths of burlap strip to the line of glue. The folded end of the strip should be facing up.

Step 6

Wait for the hot glue to dry thoroughly. While hot glue creates a quick bond between two materials, you should wait between two to four hours for the glue to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

Step 7

Fold the loose edge of the burlap strip up over the edge of the carpet remnant to the backing side.

Step 8

Apply a thick line of hot glue across the back edge of the carpet remnant and press the loose edge of burlap down.

Step 9

Repeat with the other three strips of burlap, overlapping the strips at the corner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a thick needle and thread to sew a few stitches through the burlap strips at the corners for extra strength.

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