Before my sewing room became completely inaccessible, I moved my sewing machine downstairs and plonked it ceremoniously on the dining room table, grabbed some bits and bobs and decided that would be my work station for the next month.
But I forgot to grab any fabric and the pile of Soy Amado blocks were also in the dining room and so, I'm sewing them up because they're there, they're accessible and I have to sew.
And this is no. 19
All the blocks are from one person (@nantucks on Instagram) save for one, which when you see the back, you'll probably be able to work out which it is.
I love it for being bright and fun.
And then I love the back too.
Particularly the big floral print.
|I think it's my favourite 'back' so far|
I know there are different ways to join the two ends of your binding and I thought I'd show you how I'm doing it.
I always join my binding strips on the diagonal so I want to finish on the diagonal so you can't tell the different between any of the joins. Binding on the diagonal gives (in my opinion) a less bulky and more subtle finish than butting two bits of fabric ends up against each other and sewing vertically straight down...if that makes sense.
So when you start sewing your binding down (I cut 2 1/2" binding on straight of grain) I leave a 'tail' of about 9-10", I sew my binding on and then probably leave about a foot gap from where I first started stitching.
See pic below.
I then lay one tail on top of the other (probably cutting the tails down if there is too much excess for them to lay flat within the unsewn (my spell check doesn't like that word...maybe I just made that word up) gap I have left.
If you can remember to call the tails 'leftovers' (which is what I do and what they technically are) it'll help you with the next step.
You need to measure 2 1/2" from where the end of the underneath leftover/tail is, along the top leftover/tail.
That measurement will always relate to the width of your binding. So, if you made a 2 1/4" width binding, you'll want to make the overlap between the two leftovers 2 1/4" and so on.
So the left one is pinned on top of the right. You are pinning the top edge of the left hand side to the end of the right hand side - right sides together.
You're then going to stitch diagonally from left to right - just like you do, if this is the way you join your binding pieces.
Snip the excess fabric to the right of the stitch line to about 1/8", give it a good press and then you can finish off attaching the binding.
So I'm curious.
How do you join your binding ends?
|Linking up to Finish It Up Friday|