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Discover How to Make Self-Trim Edging to Decorate Your Home
Sewing Projects. . . . And Be Warned! This Requires
Patience and Accuracy.
part of the Finishing Touches Sewing Tips is
all about self-trim edging.
straight strips 2 ½ inches wide. Fold lengthwise through
center. Cut a pattern of heavy paper and trace on
material. Stitch on marking, cut off excess fabric and
clip to points. Turn right side out, baste, press. Turn
in raw edge of garment / sewing project. Apply edging
with one of methods described under ruffles, or with facing
stitched on right side over edging, turned to wrong side
and slip stitched.
lengthwise strips 1 ¼ inches wide. Cut into squares and
fold diagonally once and then again. Baste onto right
side of garment, edges together, overlapping points.
Baste bias facing on top, stitch all together, trim seam,
turn bias to wrong side, slip stitch to
lengthwise strips about 1 ¼ inches wide. Fold lengthwise
and stitch about ¼ inch from edge. Turn inside out,
press. Cut pieces exactly the same size, put ends
together to form loop and baste to garment / sewing
project with even spacing, using same method as for
scalloped design on paper and trace on fabric. Cut out
two strips, sew around curves, right sides together. Trim
clip, turn, baste scallops, and apply to fabric as above.
Miter corners so that two scallops joined make one wide
Ruffles: See our
page on ruffles.
facings, bands: See our
pages on applying bands and
strips: Cut out
bias strips, fold in half, right sides together, and
stitch ¼ inch from edge. Turn inside out with safety pin
or bodkin, press. Take several strips and attach to one
piece at top. Braid over and under, beginning at right,
stitch to garment.
Enjoy those finishing touches with self-trim edgings. And now
the last part in these Finishing Touches series is all about
‘How to work with