How to Bind Two Natural Fiber Rugs

I'm working on a really fun rug DIY right now that I'm excited to share with you next week. It's a rug that will be layered on top of my two braided jute rugs from the ABC clearance basement, originally made by FibreWorks. I thought today I'd report back to you on how those rugs are holding up (since we've been using them for about two months now in our main living space).


Long-time readers will remember when I had a BIG problem with a jute rug way back in the day. This rug I've been a lot happier with. I know now to only use a dry rag or this powder to clean up messes (though I've only had to use the powder once). For good or for bad, this rug hides a multitude of stains and crumbs. I give it two thumbs way up.


If I had to give any teeny tiny complaints, it would be that the rug sheds just a little bit. But pretty much every rug does in the beginning. It's really not bad, and if anything, just encourages me to vacuum up all the hidden dirt I'm not seeing! :)


Since the living room is long, I was able to buy two 8x11's and save a ton of money over going with a custom size. I used upholstery thread to bind to two rugs together.



I started with the part of the rug that goes under the sofa, and after getting the hang of it, I found it was best to stitch mostly in the middle and the underside of the rugs' edges, so the thread wouldn't be visible, and then I pulled very tight on the thread every foot or so. It's almost impossible to tell where the seam is in person! The weave makes it so the two edges fit together like puzzle pieces.


If you need an odd-sized, large natural fiber, and don't want to break the bank, try binding together the IKEA Tarnby (or Pottery Barn's Jute). Also, I think the ABC clearance basement still has some of the FibreWorks jutes left? They have sales often, so wait until they are 30-50% off.

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Bambino by the Bay said...

Great idea! I never think of binding rugs- but I am a big fan of jute rugs. I recently ordered runners for my kitchen from Crate and Barrel and am really happy with them. They are better quality than Pottery Barn- and they have non-skid backings which most jute rugs don't have.

Angie said...

Love seeing the little peeks of your living room - the sofa looks super comfy, as well as stylish!

trianglehoneymoon said...

We have jute rugs all over our home and have been so happy with their durability. Recently bound two runners together with a fun bright red cord, but never a jute rug. May have to try this if we find ourselves in a larger space one day! http://www.trianglehoneymoon.com/2012/06/17/keep-it-together/

Karena said...

Jenny it looks perfect; one can't tell at all! Your poor fingers though! I like the color variation!

Xoxo
Karena
2012 Artists Series

Mrs. Esq. said...

I love this idea. Do you think it's possible to do this with other kinds of rugs? Like kilim or dhurrie rugs?

Thanks so much for sharing all of your great ideas!

Shavonda said...

I would have never thought to do this! GENIOUS. I'm thinking I might give the ikea rugs a try. Thanks for sharing.

Brittany said...

Really cool! and you did a great job. By the way, the close-up picture looks like you are sewing hair. haha.

fancyfreeme.com said...

This is such an amazing idea! You can't even tell. Super!

Lauren Tien said...

I have the ikea jute rug and it is fantastic! can't wait to see your diy next week!

Jaime said...

I think we all moms have a love/hate relationship with rugs. 4 daughters and our rugs get thrashed (hate that) but I so love them, like really love a good rug. I have to buy that dry cleaner and maybe that will solve my (hate) issue. See you tomorrow.
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Trice said...

I love jute rugs but can you vacuum these kinds of rugs?

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

HOW I WISH, wish wish! That I had seen this idea when I was trying to figure out what to do with my awkwardly sized living room -- this would have been a perfect idea! Maybe I'll have to try it someday...

la petite fashionista said...

such a great fix! so much more affordable than one giant one!

paula said...

I did the same thing! Posted about it awhile ago. I used twine though and it worked too :)

Cote de Texas said...

speaking about stains and such, sisal is the worst offender and seagrass is the best. i t is really hard to stain a seagrass rug, that's why i always rec it. sisal stains if you just look at it. not sure about jute.

Erica Bellio said...

Such a wonderful tip to save on the custom rug expense! Love it! You have such a wonderful blog, so inspiring! Just wanted to let you know I am an avid follower. xxoo

Erica

Laura said...

Hello!

I was actually at the ABC Carpet & Home Outlet in the Bronx recently, and fell in love with this EXACT rug! I remember it had been hanging on the wall by the escalators... do you know if there are any more?!

I think I'm going to purchase one. If there is another left!

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