Here is the final part of the rag rugs tutorial.
I keep working on both ends at the same time until the rug starts to look like it finally will meet in the middle. It must meet in the middle rather than at the ends because it would be impossible to get the right level of tension with all those nails in the way – you would have no knuckles left! Also I find it helps in balancing colour distribution to work both ends simultaneously.
Once the gap becomes very small winding the fabric becomes quite fiddly and I finally resort to using the blunt ends of my scissors to push it through. Make it all as tight a fit as is humanly possible.
Once the ends meet, then tie off the ends at the back of the rug and stitch them down. Try as much as possible not to make this too bulky. You may find it easier to stitch down the ends once the rug is off the frame. I do.
Then the moment of truth….pull out the metal rods which have been holding the tension at the sides and pop the ends over the nails….and hey presto, your rag rug is done!
Here mine is, brightening an otherwise rather boring bathroom!