Bind Your Rug
To bind off your rug use a sewing machine or do it by hand. If you use a sewing machine, sew on a row of zig-zag stitching approximately 1/2 inch from the hooked edge of the rug. If your sewing machine does not have a zig-zag attachment then sew two rows of standard stitching. Sew the rug binding along the edge of the rug. Now fold the rug binding over the edge, turning it under, and hand-stitch it to the back side of the rug. This will give it a finished look.
There are many different ways of binding your rug. One other method we found satisfactory is to bind your rug using the same color yarn as your background color. If you choose to use this method it will be necessary to call 1-800-345-KITS to purchase additional yarn.
Use cording that is approximately 1/4″ to 3/8″ in width and as long as the perimeter of your rug. Place cording on the underside next to the edge of the rug. Wrap the jute around the cording, which will be overcast with the same color as the edge of the rug. Completely cover the jute all the way around so the finished rug will look like it has a corded edge. Miter the corners. It will be a bit bulky, but it will lay flat in the end. When this is done, hand sew the binding as close to the cording as possible. Then trim the jute so the binding will hide the jute edge. Hand sew the binding as close to the cording as possible. Then trim the jute so the binding will hide the jute edge. Hand sew the other side of the binding to finish.
Congratulations! Enjoy making your own hand-hooked rug!