You can cut outdoor rugs, but there are a few tricks you’ll want to know before you do. Before you start cutting, be sure to wear gloves. This will help protect your hands from the sharp edges of the blades. Also, make sure that you’ve got a clean surface to work on. It’s important to use a sharp blade when cutting outdoor rugs, so if your blade is dull, it will take longer to get through the material. Make sure that you’re working on a flat surface and that nothing is in your way while you’re cutting. If you follow these steps and practice good safety habits, you’ll have no problem cutting those outdoor rugs into something new!
How do you cut an outdoor rug?
Cutting a rug may seem like a simple task, but there are actually a few things to keep in mind. This is because the fibers in outdoor rugs are made to withstand heavier traffic, so they are often stiffer and thicker than indoor rugs. To make these cuts, you’ll need a pair of heavy-duty scissors, a utility knife, and a straight-edge or ruler.
The first step is to measure out your rug area—this will help you figure out how much of your rug you’ll need to cut off. Once you’ve determined the size of the area where your rug will be placed, use your straight-edge or ruler to mark this size onto the back of the rug. Then cut the outdoor with your scissors to cut straight down through all layers of fabric along the lin. Finally, go over this line with your scissors and snip off any loose threads or stray bits of fabric.
Make sure that if you’re cutting synthetic fibers, the scissors you use are sharp enough to get through them. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with frayed edges that don’t look very nice or clean.
If you’re worried about the scissors slipping or not cutting all the way through (especially if your rug is thick), consider getting a knife with a serrated edge. This will help you get your cut started so that you can go back over it with standard scissors later on in order to finish up your cut and get those nice clean edges.
Once you’ve done this on all sides of your rug, flip it over so that the fabric side is up and smooth out any rough edges with your hands—using a broom or brush if needed.
How do you bind an outdoor rug?
Binding an outdoor rug is the process of securing it to the ground with rope, twine, or similar material. It may also be secured by tying it directly to the ground.
To bind an outdoor rug, start by pre-washing your outdoor rug to remove any dirt or stains. You can use the hand wash method.
Untie the strings at the four corners of the rug. Then fold back the outer edges by 12 inches on each side and tie them together with a string or lace. The corner strings should be tied at this point, too.
Apply adhesive spray to the back of your binding and wrap it around the outer edge of your rug, positioning it so that the folded edges are inside the binding. Pull it tight and tie it.
Start wrapping your binding around itself, creating loops every 3 inches or so along its length as you go. Tie off every other loop with a string, starting near where you started wrapping and working your way out towards each corner in turn. Make sure you don’t trap any strands of binding under these knots!