A Bias Binding Breakthrough

I’ll admit, I have a tendency to be quite gung-ho about new skills and have ruined many a project through my ‘I know how to do this’ attitude, wading in to attempt something difficult without practicing or reading up on it first. This was exactly what happened when it came to finishing off the first of my projects in my corset challenge.

My doll’s corset was going so well, until it came to applying the binding to finish the edges. To make matters worse, I’d chosen a satin binding which proved very difficult to manage and elicited a fair few expletives. Had I read some resources, or practiced a bit first, I wouldn’t have ended up with this diabolical and frankly embarrassing result.

photo 1 (2) photo 2 (3)

Such a shame when the rest of it was looking so good. I really don’t want this to happen again, so I’ve been reading up on techniques and practicing with some leftover coutil and binding.

My Bremble Bible has been invaluable with some great diagrams on how to make neat corners with binding, one problem solved, but my hand stitching was still leaving a lot to be desired. This tutorial from a keen quilter gave me the solution of using invisible ladder stitch. I’ve been using this technique for years to close up stuffing holes in toys and dolls, but it had never occurred to me to try it for binding. The result?

photo (14) photo (15) photo (16)Loads better! Feeling more confident now, and have certainly learnt a lesson about practice making perfect. If I want to get good at this, I have to work hard. Onwards and upwards.


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