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Fabric Backing & Satin Binding the Blanket

by Jan Kerton

1. Press the backing fabric.

2. Place the embroidered wrap centrally on the backing fabric.  The backing fabric could be the same as the wrap fabric, a cotton print fabric or satin batiste.



3.
Pin the embroidered wrap to the backing.  Start from the centre and pin to the outside edge horizontally and vertically.

4. Turn the wrap over so the backing is on top.  Smooth the backing and adjust any of the pins if necessary.  Now start from the centre and pin diagonally to the corners.

 


5. Tack/hand baste the embroidered wrap to the backing around the outside edge.

6. Trim the backing so that it is even with the embroidered wrap.

 


7. The binding may come already folded or if not, press the satin binding in half so the edges are even.

8. Open out the binding.  With the cut edge of the binding extending 2-3cm (1”) beyond the edge of the wrap, line up the fold in the binding with the edge of the wrap.  Pin the single layer of binding to the wrap.  Pin to the next corner.

 


9. Fold the binding over and tack/hand baste into position through all the layers – right up into the corner.

 

10. To turn the corner, fold the binding back so it is level with the binding that is tacked to the wrap.  Put a pin in at the point of the fold – this is the pivot point.  Fold on the pivot point and run the fold line along the wrap edge.  Pin with 1-2 pins.

 


11. Turn the wrap over and fold in the underneath mitre and pin.  Make sure it is sitting smoothly and is not pulled or too loose.  Adjust the 1-2 pins if necessary.  Tack/hand baste the underneath mitre.

 


12. Work the next side. Continue to line up the fold in the binding with the edge of the wrap.  Pin the single layer of binding to the wrap.  Pin to the next corner.

13. Before folding the binding over, fold the upper mitre in the first corner. Pin and baste.  Then fold over the rest of the binding and baste into position through all the layers – right up into the next corner.

14. Repeat for the remaining sides but stop basting 10cm (4”) before the last corner.
15. The binding will be joined at the corner, so trim the last end of the binding so it extends 2-3cm (1”) beyond the edge of the wrap.

16. Fold the extension at the start of the binding to the back of the wrap and press with the iron.

 


17. At the unfinished end of the binding mark the edge of the wrap with a blue pen or a crease.  Press the raw end under along this line so the fold is even with the edge of the wrap.

 


18. Fold in the top mitre and pin.

19. Turn the wrap over and fold under the bottom mitre making sure that the ‘start overhang’ is folded in at the same time.  Pin.

 


20. Tack/hand baste the mitres is position.

 


21. Machine stitch close to the edge of the satin binding using a wide 3-step zig-zag or a straight stitch.

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