My cat destroyed something… Again. While she usually gravitates toward iPhone chargers (I’ve literally lost count of how many little replacement white cords I’ve had to buy) she has become quite taken with my living room rug. She even makes eye contact with me while she scratches it, really testing the limits of my love for her. Still, she is fluffy and cute and I want to cuddle her all day long, so I am learning rug repair rather than learning proper feline discipline. #catladyproblems
I looked up some tutorials on this and most of them involved fabric glue of some sort. In the battle of glue versus cat, I would not bet on glue. Plus, I don’t want her eating any glue bits that might come up
if when she claws the rug again. This left me with the option of looping the loose strings back down into place with a good ol’ needle and thread. Worth a shot!
Begin by looping a long piece of fishing line through your needle; do not cut the end or tie it in a knot. Lift your rug up near the repair area and push your needle through the rug from bottom to top. Pull the needle through and make sure both ends of the string are still hanging from the bottom of the rug.
Gather together the rug strings that you want to loop back down together. I did about 3 or 4 stings at a time so that they would form one thick loop together. Obviously you’ll only want to do multiple strings at a time if they are very close to one another. Cross your thread over this grouping of strings and insert your needle back through the rug, forcing the loose strings down with it.
You will now have 4 strands of fishing line sticking out the bottom of your rug. Tie all of these together in a knot, as tight as possible without compromising the bottom of the rug. Trim off excess thread.
Done! You’ve just created the first (of many, in my case) faux loop! Repeat this process until the loose strings are all tucked back into the rug. For smaller tears, I just trimmed the strings with scissors rather than looping them back down. I think this only worked because my rug is thick wool and doesn’t have a perfect surface area to begin with, so use caution if you’re trying the scissor method on a more even-surfaced rug.
Good as new? Not quite. Good enough to not buy a new rug? Absolutely!
P.S. If any of you are wondering where to buy this rug (especially now that you know how easy repairs are!) it is from Target and you can get it through my affiliate link here.