Monday, August 16, 2010

floral seam binding


I have been wanting to try to make continuous seam binding ever since I saw the method in Bend-the-Rules. It seemed a bit daunting especially the last seam in which I wasn't sure how much of an allowance to use (I used a 1/4"). This method is hard to explain without just re-writing the directions.

Basically, it starts with a square and then gets cut into triangles, one seam is sewn, lines are drawn and then folded and matched up but off by one and then another seam is sewn and the long strip is cut out. That probably didn't make much sense, right? I would recommend the book. It came out mostly perfect with a few small sections where it is more narrow then it is supposed to be. Once I run it through the Clover seam binding tool I will see if I need to cut out those spots. In any case, it's not a problem because it can be stitched together again.

I have made seam binding before combining fabrics but I've just cut straight or on the bias strips. This method is really great and makes a lot of binding. I plan to use it soon.

5 comments:

Dacia said...

good to know you've tried it! seam binding is one of those things i nearly always buy just to save the time. but so many projects look so much cuter with matching/corresponding trim.

K said...

that is some fantastic fabric!

melissa said...

wow- did you use liberty lawn to make your binding? it's beautiful. i've always been a little scared to try that method- you've inspired me to try it though.

Amelia Plum said...

that seam binding is beautiful. i can't see what you use it on. my word how do you do all this stuff and watch your kids?

sew nancy said...

Melissa-
Thanks. This is not a Liberty Lawn. I believe it is Kokka fabric. I bought it at Purl earlier this year.

Amelia Plum-
Ha Ha. Basically I work when the kids are asleep and the chores are done and sometimes on the weekends. A few hours here and there and it adds up. I plan to use this on quilts and maybe a dress too.