Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Rug Backing

Quite a few people wanted to know about the rug backing that I paint onto the soles of the Felted Clogs.

I bought this Rug Backing at Walmart, in their crafts section, about two years ago. Other people in London, Ontario, have told me that they can't find it there anymore. The name at the top of the canister says M.C.G. Textiles, Rug Backing by Saf-T-Bak and it is available at Amazon.

Here's what the product description says:

Saf-T-Bak will make your rugs highly resistant to sliding. Saf-T-Bak will increase the life of your rugs. It stays on after repeated washings: anchors loops and fibers thus preventing unraveling and tuft loss. It helps your rugs retain their shape and protects the base from moth damage. Saf-T-Bak elimintes wrinkles, adding bulk and texture. A small amount of Saf-T-Bak applied to frayed edges prevents further fraying.

It's a "water emulsion of synthetic rubber". I've washed my slippers and they came out just fine. They don't slip when I walk on wet floors. The only problem I can see is that it's white, which shows the dirt. Other than that, I highly recommend it.


  1. I use that on my slippers too. It works great. I usually paint some sort of pleasing pattern on the bottom, rather than just slopping it on. I got mine at Michaels.

  2. Anonymous6:49 pm

    Hi Laurie. I e-mailed you and told you in that e-mail that I found the product at Michael's. The exact same stuff as you have. Cost is 16.99 but with a 40% off coupon it wasn't too bad. Just in case anyone else wants to get some.


  3. Sweet! I was wondering what this blog would be about when I saw the picture =) Glad the rug backing worked. I'll keep it in mind if I ever get brave enough to felt...