When binding the edges of a project, you will usually come across some corners. The neatest way to bind your corners is to mitre them. In this book I have used two different methods of binding: standard continuous binding, as used for City Nights Clutch and mitred topstitch binding, as used for Mobile Mummy Changing Bag and Sugar Sweet Shoulder Bag.
Standard Continuous Binding
When using continuous binding you will need to machine stitch the binding to the front of your bag using a method
that creates the front mitre folds and allows the back mitre fold to be made during hand sewing.
1). Sew the raw edges of the binding in place on your project, right sides together. When you come across your first corner, sew until you are the seam allowance distance away from the edge and secure your stitching at this point.
2). Fold the unsewn binding up and away from your item, so that the raw edge is now in line with the angle of the next edge to be bound.
3). Fold the binding back down to lay against the raw edge. Start sewing at the same (seam allowance) distance from the corner.
4). Now the binding is mitred from the front. Later you will fold the binding over to the wrong side and ladder stitch it in place (see Useful Stitches). When you reach the corners, simply fold them into neat mitres at the front and back as you sew that section. As a result of the machine stitching they will almost form themselves with a little adjusting and folding.
Mitred Topstitch Binding
When topstitching your binding in place, you are sewing the front and back of your binding at once. Therefore we must use a method to fold and create the mitres on both sides, before topstitching them into position.
1). Fit the binding over the edge of the item to be bound so that the raw edge of the item fits inside and against the fold in the binding. Topstitch in place close to the inner edge, all the way to the first corner.
2). Remove from your sewing machine. Fold the binding down to the second edge, matching the fold in the binding up with the raw edge again. This naturally creates a triangle that you will need to fold over to the front edge to make your mitre. You may need to rearrange and neaten as you go.
3). Fold the other side of the binding to the back in the same way. Making sure that both sides are even, pin or tack (baste) in place, then continue the topstitching, starting right at the mitre to secure.
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