How to Finish a Latch Hook Rug

    by Janet Beal

    About the Author

    Janet Beal has written for various websites, covering a variety of topics, including gardening, home, child development and cultural issues. Her work has appeared on early childhood education and consumer education websites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Harvard University and a Master of Science in early childhood education from the College of New Rochelle.


    Upon finishing a latch hook rug, you must bind the edges with fabric rug tape to prevent them from fraying over time. You can attach the rug tape by hand or with a sewing machine to protect the edges of the rug. Finishing the latch hook rug is important, whether you plan to use your rug on the floor or as a wall hanging.

    Things You'll Need

    • Scissors
    • 1-inch-wide fabric rug tape
    • Straight pins
    • Large-eyed needle
    • Button-weight thread

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    Trim the rug canvas -- the canvas foundation of the rug that holds the attached yarn pieces -- to within 1/2 inch of the finished work to leave at least two empty canvas squares between hooked squares and the edge. This creates a border of empty canvas squares around the edges of your finished work for attaching the fabric rug tape.

    Place the fabric rug tape with one edge butting up against the outermost row of hooking on top of the canvas. Pin the tape in place. Thread the needle with a double length of button-weight thread and stitch the fabric rug tape to the latch hook rug through the rug canvas using an overcast stitch.

    Cut the tape flush with the rug edges at each corner of the rug. Begin with a new strip of tape to repeat the process on the next side until you secure all four edges with tape. For a round, hexagonal or octagonal rug, use a single strip of tape all the way around the rug.

    Fold the fabric rug tape around to the back side of the rug. Use the same overcast stitching to secure the fabric rug tape to the underside of the latch hook rug. For a round, hexagonal or octagonal rug, make small folds in the tape and stitch them down to allow for the difference in size between the outermost edge of the rug and the area where you are attaching the turned-in tape edge.

    Finish overlapping corners and the ends of the rug tape with additional overcast stitches.

    • You might achieve crisper edges by pressing down the rug canvas and rug tape edges before or after finishing. Use the lowest steam setting on the iron.
    • Stabilize your rug for hanging by sewing a second strip of fabric tape across the top of the rug. Leave cut ends open to create a heading through which you can thread a piece of dowel or small curtain rod for hanging your rug.
    • Machine stitch in addition to the overcast stitching for additional security and stability.

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