Somehow I accidentally deleted all the information for this post, so I am having to re-type everything back in. So if you read this post earlier or pinned this post and are coming back, I hope I do it justice the SECOND time.
Anyway, I love using fleece to bind the edges of a lot of my projects. Like sweater slippers, hats and cozy blankets. This technique is so easy and it makes the finished edge look so sharp and crisp.
So without further chit chat, let’s get to it.
Cut out strips of fleece (on the stretch) 2 – 2 1/2 inches by however long you need for your project. If you don’t have a fleece piece long enough, I am going to show you how to easily sew strips together.
Joining two strips of binding together:
|Trim the seam leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.|
|Now clip the edges.|
|Finger press the seam open.|
|Ta dah, now you have one continuous strip of binding.|
|This alleviates the bulk if you were to just sew a straight seam. It offsets the seams so they are not all in one place.|
Sewing the binding to your project:
|Measure the length of whatever you are binding and minus 1 inch. If you want it to really gather in then you can make it even shorter.|
|Place the binding with RIGHT side facing the RIGHT side of your project piece. Pin in place.|
|Sew, using a 1/4 -3/8 inch seam allowance. Stretch as you sew. Back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam.|
|If your binding is going to be on the thinner side, trim the edges.|
|Finger press the seam towards the binding.|
|Fold the binding to the width you want over the the inside.|
|Pin in place.|
|Stitch IN THE DITCH of the previous seam.|
|You will have extra fabric.|
|CAREFULLY trim the excess fabric close to the seam. Be very careful not to clip the fabric underneath. I have sadly done this.|
|Now wasn’t that a snap!|
|Look how nice and even and crisp the edges are.|
*Note, this technique will not work on binding fabric that frays.
So whether it is a cozy blanket or a pair of sweater slippers that you need to bind, get out your fleece and give it a whirl.
Please comment or leave a picture of something fun you have bound with fleece.
Any questions or suggestions, please, let’s chat.