OT sort of but sewing question rugs

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OK, about a year ago, maybe longer I bought a woollen floor rug at a  
charity sale.  The edge binding is worn in places, so needs covering.

Today I found bargain bias binding for 60 cts for 5 metres instead of 2  
euros, so have bought loads!  OK, what I thought was, if I use this to  
re-bind the edge I could use it double thickness, to give it a bit of  
How would you do this? Would you
(a) sew 2 thicknesses on at the same time or
(b) go around twice?  It is 3 yds x 2 yds.

I think probably (a), but when I come to join in a new length of bias,  
would it be better that I have one joining seam that goes through both  
layers or join each layer separately and smooth down.

It is a lovely rug and there was no way that I could afford to buy a new  
one, so make do and mend. We have parquet floors which are lovely in the  
summer, but a bit cool in the winter.

Also, does anyone know of anyone that still makes or sells linoleum mats  
to go in front of fireplaces? Ours is ancient, but real linoleum, not  
plastic, so is naturally fireproof so if any sparks fall out we  
shouldn't be in trouble.



Re: OT sort of but sewing question rugs
Interesting question!
I think I would use method (a)mainly so that you could avoid having two  
seams on top of one another.  Also, I guess that there might be less  
friction (so, wear) if the two layers were sewn on together - less  
possible meovement?  When you come to join in the new binding, sew the  
pieces together before you apply any to the rug.  You know the  
measurements, so it is easily possible. I honestly don't know - have  
never done anything like this, just thinking in my kind of logic >g<

Pat on the Green

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Think maybe you might find a fireplace screen to go in front of the  
fireplace to prevent sparks from flying onto you floor?  Over here I  
sometimes see them at a thrift store or a yard sale?  Sometimes the  
household catalogs will have  the linoleum to go on the floor in front of  
the fireplace.  That's all I can think of.  Maybe they would be at a farm  
type store?   Good luck with both projects.
Barbara in SC  

Re: OT sort of but sewing question rugs
I would think to join ends as for a quilt binding, and then stagger the  
joins, before sewing them down at the same time.
I might even consider fusing the layers together before sewing them down.

So far as the linoleum, I looked around the last time we had to replace  
the vinyl junk our landlord puts down.  The guy at the flooring store  
said he could get some from a Dutch company called Forbo, but it would  
cost the earth.  He suggested I think about asphalt flooring. This Forbo  
company might be a starting place for you anyway.  
Aren't you glad my purse in a bag of holding that I don't clean out  
nearly often enough? LOL!  
Me, I would price stone tiles.  Granite or marble looks fine in front of  
a fireplace, and you probably would not need more than half a dozen or so  
depending on how big your fire place is.  Last time I was at the closeout  
building supplies store, you could get 10, 1 square foot, black granite  
tiles for US$10.  I grant you don't find a price like that every day, but  
they are not all that much more expensive bought at the regular store, at  
least that is so here.
Sometimes if you go in on the right day you can get thin slabs of nice  
looking stone at a good price from places that make gravestones.  It is  
scrap for them, and often they will polish it for you for a nominal  
price.  Might be worth looking into if you want to go the stone route.


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Re: OT sort of but sewing question rugs
Interesting....I put Forbo into our kitchen (love it by the way) and it  
was far less expensive than carrying the wood flooring into the kitchen  
or doing the tile floor the contractor recommended.


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