Guest Author - Christine Dux
Binding a circular fleece prodded rug is easy and should be done before prodding is started.
Allow two full rows of holes along the outside of your rug for binding. Once the hem has been trimmed, place a dot of white glue at each joint in the mesh along the outside edge to prevent the canvas from unraveling. Allow to dry.
Start by measuring the outside edges of your rug.
Measure the outside edge of your rug (the circumference) using a flexible measuring tape or you can calculate the circumference by multiplying the diameter * 3.142 (Pi). The diameter can be found by measuring the distance from one side of your rug straight across to the other side.
Example: If your rug is 48 inches in diameter, multiply 48*3.142. The answer, 150.82 is the number of inches around the outside edge of your rug. I like to round up, just to make sure that I dont run short of fabric, so I would use 151 as the length.
Depending on the length and width of your fleece, you can cut either one strip for binding ½ longer than needed or you can cut multiple strips each being ½ longer than needed. Binding should be cut one inch wide.
Example using the measurements above:
If your fleece is long enough to cut one strip, you would need to cut a strip that was 1 wide X 151 ½ long.
If you need to cut two strips, divide 151 by 2 = 75.5. Add ½ to each strip and cut two strips 1 wide by 76 long.
If you need to cut three strips divide 151 by 3 = 50.5. Add ½ to each strip and cut three strips 1 wide by 51 long.
Sewing the Binding:
Fold ½ of the strip over the front side of the canvas and ½ of the strip over the backside of the canvas. Using a sewing machine, sew the strip 3/8 from the edge using matching thread. If using more than one strip for binding, following the instructions above, take the second strip and slightly overlap the first strip. If you are only using two strips, the second strip should end so that you overlap the first. Once you have all of the binding sewn on, sew around the entire rug, one more time, 2/8 from the outside edge.
Note: Since you are not sewing a straight edge, it may be necessary to add a few pleats to the binding so that it will lay flat. The pleats will not be noticeable as the shag of this rug, hides most of the binding.