Monday, May 07, 2007

Twisted Binding




I thought I'd just tell you how to do the twisted binding. I saw it at a seminar, as I said.



  • Make binding strips, and mark across the strip on the wrong side every inch (or so; test to see what you like).

  • Stitch the binding to garment, RST.

  • Turn the binding to the inside, and instead of matching the markings evenly, match the end of one mark to the beginning of the next, so each mark is shifted ahead one inch, or one mark.

  • You may want to baste this before stitching in the ditch from the front.

This will make the binding twist in a decorative way. This is especially cute with a contrast binding. I think you also get a better effect with a fairly thin binding fabric.

12 comments:

christina said...

Thanks for sharing this, sounds pretty easy. I've seen this in RTW and I wondered how it was accomplished. Can't wait to try it myself.

patsijean said...

Thank you so much.

suzee said...

Why, that's just adorable! It looks like you didn't cut the fabric on the bias - true?

Liana said...

Very true, Suzee. For a knit, the crossgrain is fine.

JAS said...

Thanks for posting the instructions. I was about to ask you how it was done, and I bet a lot of others were too!

touran said...

Liana,
Thanks for sharing the method. It makes for a sweet finish, especially for a simple project.

julia said...

Liana, this method is genius yet simple enough for me to do! Thank-you sewww much for sharing it.

Kathy said...

I love the look of this binding technique! And so simple. I'll definitely be using this in the future. Thanks for the pictures and great description!

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Hey, what a great idea. Thanks for the instructions!

dawn said...

I'd like to try that sometime. Thanks for sharing it.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

This is great! I hope to do a tutorial on a twisted hem edge soon myself. I see that you can use the straight grain on a knit, but do you think bias would be better for a lightweight woven? Hm... (and also, I assume you would press under 1/2" or so on the back before stitching in the ditch?)

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