Alright team, hope your ready for a massive injection of pep because today’s How To Sew is all about adding some zing to our placemats. And I don’t know about you, but I like my zing better when it’s neon.
Zing doesn’t have to be complicated. This little punch of neon trim is actually a humble length of bias binding folded around the edges of the placemat. See, I’ve kept it easy.
OK, so I’m lying a little. The mitred corners are a bit tricky, but they’re not too bad. Only 4 on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being sewing a straight line). They’re just a little fiddly to explain. Totally worth it though. Check out those totally professional looking corners! Hubba hubba.
So tell me, have I convinced you that bias binding is pretty brilliant, or are you sitting this one out? Maybe you’ve got your own trick up your sleeves for adding zing to projects. Be great to hear your thoughts!
How to SEW WITH bias binding LIKE A BOSS
You will need:
- Placemat (use this tutorial from last week to whip up your own)
- Bias binding (about 1 meter per placemat)
- Pins, thread in two colours, hand needle, sewing machine
1. Start 1 inch from a corner. Unfold your bias binding so that one edge lies flat. Pin this over the topstitching around the edge of your placemat. If your placemat hasn’t got a top stitch, then place the bias binding about 5/8″ from the edge.
Make sure you fold the start of the bias binding down so the raw edge won’t be seen on the outside. You basically want to fold the bias binding so that it folds over the edge of the placemat and falls equally on both sides. You may need to adjust this step a bit to get the right fit.
2. Pin the opened bias tape all the way along the placemat only stop when you reach the corner.
3. To make a mitred corner, you need to turn the ribbon at a right angle, placing the unfolded edge of the bias tape over the top stitching of the new edge (or 5/8″ from the edge or whichever you chose to on step 1). This leaves a triangle of excess fabric that you’ll later fold to create your mitred corner.
Continue all the way around the placemat, repeating step 2 – 3.
To keep this edge of the bias tape in place you’ll need to run a line of basting stitches around the tape, about 3/5″ from the edge.
4. Once the basting stitches are in place, take out the pins and fold the bias tape back over on itself (along it’s natural folded edge). The corners will need some fiddling, but they should naturally want to form a mitred corner. Fold the bias tape around the edge of the placemat. Make sure the folded edges of the bias binding are tucked up inside and can’t be seen.
The corners may need some fiddling to get them to form a mitred corner, but they’ll get there. Pin in place.
5. Run a line of straight stitches close to the edge of the bias binding (the side furthest away from the edge) securing the bias binding in place. Run this all the way around your placemat.
6. Give everything a good press and take your lovely new placemat out for a spin.