Monday, July 25, 2011

Fold Over Binding



Recently I taught a class where we did a small wall hanging finishing it with a fold over binding with mitered corners and then inserted the dowel rod.

This technique allows an opening at the top to insert a dowel rod for displaying.

This can be done using a cover stitch machine or a conventional sewing machine.


1. If the finished piece with the batting is 14" x 18" then cut the backing 18" x 22".
(there should be a 2" border around the finished piece)
2. The excess fabric is used to fold forward to form the binding.
3. With WRONG sides together, fold up the excess backing just to the raw edge of the finished piece and press with the iron.
4. Trim away the little pressed corners (removing excess bulk when you fold it over again).
5. DO NOT PRESS AGAIN!
6. Fold up the sides so that they are approximately 1" onto the finished piece or top. Secure with pins. Note - the binding can be made any size desired...1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2" and so on.
7. Fold up the top and bottom same as the sides but now fold in the corners (a triangle) to form a mitered corner and secure with pins.
8. Stitch as close as possible to the inside folded edge on all four sides.
9. Now you can insert a dowel rod and hang if desired. Or if it is a place mat you can hand stitch the overlaps.

This is a quick and easy way to "finish" a wall hanging, small quilt, place mat etc. without actually attaching a binding strip. So easy and so quick!!!

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