Techniques: Quick and Easy Fringe Finish

Have you ever wished you had a quick and easy way to finish a rug? If you’re pressed for time, working with beginners, or you just want to try something different, Ania has a solution for you: a quick fringe finish!

Read on below for instructions on how to create your own fringe finish in a few easy steps. All you will need is your iron, aluminum foil, flexible fabric glue, a knife or chopstick, scissors, and a ruler.

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Ania used her quick fringe finish on this plaid rug.

Step 1: While hooking your rug, ensure you keep the ends of your wool strips long on the edges of your project. You don’t want to trim your strips, because these will be the basis for your fringe. For example, if you want a one inch fringe, the ends of your strips will need to be at least one inch in length.

Step 2: After you’ve finished hooking your rug, press your mat as usual from the back. Then, flip your rug right side up. Press the iron directly against the foundation of your rug, so that the strip ends stand up straight, as shown in the image below.  When you’re done with this step, the ends of your strips should stand straight up on their own.


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Press your iron against the base of your rug, so that the ends stand up straight.

Step 3: Place your rug on a sheet of aluminum foil. Spread a generous ribbon of flexible fabric glue all around the edges of your rug where you plan to have a fringe. Work the glue into your backing with a knife or chopstick.


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After you have applied a line of glue, spread it out on your backing along the edge of your rug.

Step 4: Allow the glue to sit until it dries completely. It should be clear when it’s dried.

Step 5: Trim your backing. Leave approximately 1/3 – 1/2 inch of backing visible where there will be a fringe. This is to ensure no loops from the rug are inadvertently pulled out.

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When trimming your backing, leave some of the backing visible from the edge of your rug.

Step 6: Take your ends and lay them down over the trimmed glued backing, and cut the ends to the desired length of your fringe.

Step 7: Sit back and admire your rug, because you’re done!

If you have any questions for Ania, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Techniques: Quick and Easy Fringe Finish

    1. Hi Liz, good question I’ll need to look into how to do that :-).

      I do share the blog posts on my Ania Creative Designs FB page, it can be saved to a FB page or Twitter using the botton below the post.

      I’ll let you know what I can find out regarding Pinterest.

      Glad you like the idea!


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