Bound Edges with Curves and Corners
A edge wrapped with a small, band of fabric is a gorgeous, custom detail. It can be used on curtains, valances, bed skirts, placemats and table skirts.
For a shaped edge that’s straight – like a stair step with right angles – you can cut the banding pieces straight. But if the banding needs to ease around curves then you will want cut on the bias. The tricky part is sewing around the corners so that it wraps around neatly.
Yes, you can sew binding that it wraps around inside and outside corners with a miter folded on the front, and back!. It’s a technique that’s used when binding the edge of quilts. See the step-by-step instructions below to learn how.
For inside corners, you can sew the banding to the corner, set the needle down and then pivot to continue sewing. For the outside corners, you will sew the banding to the corner and then fold back the banding to create a miter.
1. Cut the banding strips four times the finished size + 1/4 inch for take up. For a 1/2-inch finished banding cut 2-1/4 inch wide bias strips.
2. Sew to the edges using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. For inside corners, seat the needle, pivot and turn. For outside corners stop 1/2-inch from the edge and backstitch. Fold the banding to create a 45 degree angle as shown in the photo below.
3. Fold the banding again - to the left and over the angled fold.
4. Resume sewing 1/2-inch from the corner.
5. Press the banding from the front, making sure the mitered corners are neat.
6. Fold under the cut edges and press. Make sure the stitching is covered. Pin in place.
7. This banding was hand sewn.