Linen and other backing fabrics for rug hooking are too expensive to waste. Here is an idea for making good use of a piece of backing fabric that is large enough to fit your design, but is not large enough to be stretched onto your frame. I will also be posting the hooked design as a free pattern in a few days. You will get a sneak peek of the pattern today.
Use a piece of burlap or other inexpensive fabric that will grab onto your frame’s gripper teeth. You could even make use of a piece of wool that is too thick or too thin to hook with. Make sure to cut a size that is at least 2″ or 3″ larger than each dimension of your hooking frame.
Center your backing scrap on top of your burlap and pin them together all around to hold them in place.
Machine sew two rows of stitching 1/4″ apart. Sew the first row about 1/4″ from the edge of your backing, and then another row 1/4″ inside of that. I used a yellow bobbin thread that contrasts with the burlap.
Do this by pulling up on the burlap.
Insert your scissors into the hole and cut slits in the burlap to each of the four corners.
Take care not to cut into your linen layer.
Cut the burlap layer away exposing your backing fabric. Cut about 1/4″ away from the row of machine stitching.
Now your piece is ready for rug hooking. Center it on your frame and you are ready to start hooking.
Have fun with your salvaged project. You might even consider hooking with your leftover strips to make this project even more recycled. There is something very satisfying about using up the scraps. When I scrap craft I feel like I have made something out of nothing.
Soon I will be posting photos of the finished leaf with the pattern as a thank you to my readers. I can’t wait to show you as this simple design came out surprisingly well.