Sewing binding can be downright tricky, but if you follow my tutorial I promise you will never be intimidated by sewing binding again!
I also use this method for sewing small fabric accessories including potholders and placemats. You can a tutorial for adding bias binding to round potholders HERE.
Today I will share a tutorial for making and sewing on the binding on your Anna Blouse.
Prepare the binding
I find it easiest to sew the binding if the fold marks are creased prior to sewing on the binding. It is especially important if you are sewing narrow binding like the binding on the Anna Blouse.
There are two ways to prepare the binding:
Stitch the Center Back Seam.
Fold the neckline bias binding strip in half, wrong sides together. Press
Unfold the strip. Match the raw edge to the center crease and press. Repeat for the other side.
My favorite way to prepare binding is to use a binding tool.
You will need a 1/2" flat fold binding maker for the Anna Blouse.
First, Sew the Center Back Seam.
Feed the binding strip through the binding maker. Press in half.
I like to compare the length of the prepared binding to the pattern. If the binding has stretched a bit, cut to the pattern length.
Apply the binding ~ No Tie Version
With the binding facing you, Start stitching at the Center Back. Stitch around the neckline until you reach the CB.
2) Fold the binding over to the right side folding under 1/4" on the pressed line. Pin in place being sure to cover the previous stitching. I like to lightly press the binding in place.
If you have a tailor's ham, place the ham under the binding and Pin in place. Press lightly.
3) Edge stitch along the fold starting at CB and continuing around the binding to CB. Back tack at ends.
Apply the binding ~ Tie Version
1) Stitch the Center Back (CB) seam
Starting at CB, stitch around the neckline until you reach the CF. Back tack at ends.
Join me tomorrow for some sleeve setting fun : )