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Learn how to sew mitered corners. This is part 2 of the 2-part series How To Sew Quilted Placemats. This section shows you ...
how to sew binding along your quilt with mitered corners. Watch and learn with Jenny T.
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All right I’ve trimmed my edges and your project should look something similar. And I’m going to put this over so that the back side of the quilt is showing, and at this point if we’ve got some glues, threads and stuff, you should properly go ahead and just sort of trim those off. You can always wait till you’re completely done, but I always find it a little destructing to have those threads there, okay?
You’re going to take your double folded binding and you’re going to unfold this. So take a moment and unfold that double folded binding, so you have it like this and you’re simply going to fold it in half. So even though you’ve got these strong creases here, you don’t want to worry about that, I just want to fold it completely in half, all right? And you’re going to lay the binding on to the back of your placemat aligning the raw edges. Notice that the binding is actually on the placemat, we’re not over here.
The folded edges on this side and the raw edges of your binding, I’m going to be along the raw edges of your placemat. I recommend you start this in the center of one of your edges, probably your side edge and go ahead and just lay it all the way down and you might even want to couple straight pins, they kind of hold this in place.
Next, we’re going to take this to a machine and you’re going to sew a quarter inch seam all the way down your side edge here and you’re going to stop about a quarter of an inch from this edge here. And then I’m going to show you what to do next and the result will be a minor edge binding, okay? So again, with this folded in a half, lay along your raw edge and sew quarter inch starting up here all the way down so you get into this edge here.
A real quick note about starting out sewing this binding that I did not show you or tell you to do and that is to fold end this edge about ½ inch so it’s a raw edge right here and I just mad a mistake as I was explaining the video, I miss detail sometimes. So I’m going to use a seam ripper and pull up a few stitches and then I’m going to tuck in this raw edge here ½ an inch. So if you’ve already started sewing, my apologies. Hopefully you didn’t and you’re just watching right now to learn. And so, what you want to do before you start sewing is to tuck in this raw edge, fold it in about ½ an inch so the edge is nice and folded versus this ugly raw edge here.
Okay, I’ve finished stitching all the way down to the edge here and one thing I did not mention was that, you want two backstitch right here to secure the stitch, okay? Then you’re going to fold your binding so that the raw edge is even with the raw edge of your placemat and this folded edge creates a 45-degree angle. So you want to pull this back far enough so that it creates that angle and it’s also even, these raw edges are completely even. Then you’re going to—one side some place, fold this binding back over, so that the raw edges are aligned with the raw edges at the placemat and your folded edge is even with the raw edge that you have just sewn.
You probably want to use a couple pins to hold this in place and then you’re going to stitch again a quarter inch stitch from the far edge over here all the way down until you get to the next corner. And let me go to that and then I’ll show you the next corner. And we’re down to the second corner now. And the same thing as the first corner, you’re going to take your binding and you’re going to fold it back so that the raw edges are running in a straight line here. Now if you’ve sewn too far you’ll know because you won’t build a player binding back far enough to get your straight edges aligned. If that’s the case, just get a seam ripper and just pull out a couple of stitches, no big deal. So once you have this folded properly, then again fold it back over this way and align the raw edges along the side here and the folded edge here should be even with the raw edges here.
I think I moved it by accident, so let me do that one more time. Okay, and then I’m going to stitch again a quarter inch down this raw edge here and repeat this process for the other two corners and then once I’ve get to the part where I started, I’ll show you how I’ve finished that off. Okay, I’m on the home stretch here, I am giving braid to sew this last stitching line from this edge over to where I’ve started and I don’t want this raw edge here when I’m finished.
So I’m going to take a binding and open it up, fold down the end about a half an inch and then refold it and that’s going to give the edge here just a nice folded edge and I’m going to lay back down and it should overlap the original end here. So here’s the original end and this overlaps it here just about maybe an inch. And that way, you’ll have a nice, clean edge here and also clean edge on the other sides. So when you go to fold this over which is what our next step will be here in a minute, you won’t see any ugly raw edges here or here, it will be nice and clean.
So fold under that side edge here that end edge of your binding and then finish the stitching and then I’ll show you how to finish the binding on the front side of the placemat. Okay, I’ve finished sewing all four sides on the back for the binding and now you’re going to flip your placemat over to the top side and you’re going to fold over your binding to the front of your placemat. You want the edge here to lay flat within that fold and you want the fold to be snug up against your raw edges here, okay?
You’re going to this in one side at a time so go ahead and fold it nice and neatly over and make sure that this edge here far exceeds this stitching line here by at least a quarter of an inch. An the way that all happened is you’re going to be making sure that this raw edge here is snug tight inside that folded edge. Now I recommend using some straight pins for this. Go ahead and once you’ve got it folded the way you want it to, go ahead and secure it and if you place this like this you can already see how nice the front of your placemat is going to look when this is all done.
And once you get to the corner, for now you’re going to just leave it straight, I’ll back so you can see little better. You’re just going to fold this over all the way down just like that. You’re going to leave this flat for now and just going to fold everything evenly over that raw edge just that one side, okay. Then you’re going to fold this back over to the back side and on the edge that you’ve just pinned, you’re going to sew in the ditch meaning your needle is going to fall inside the seam here and you’re going to sew from corner all the way in the seam to the other corner.
You’re going to sew in the ditch so that so you don’t have an extra sewing—stitching line really been obvious in the back, so that’s nice and neat and then because you folded this edge over far past the stitching line, you’ll see a stitching nice and neat along this top bind in here. It will look, make everything look nice and clean, okay?
So I’m going to fold this back over to the back side and you’re going to put your needle so that falls into the seam called in ditch and you’re going to stitch in the ditch all the way across to the other corner. Make sure you backstitch in both places and then you cut your thread and then I’ll show you how to do the next side.
And this is how the front side will look. You’ll see the stitching back in the center of your binding and the edges are nice and finished and it gives a nice kind of casual look. The bindings are little loose right here and that kind of goes along with this whole kind of fun, off center look. There are other ways to bind for this is one way. So—and if you look on the back here, even though it’s on video, even if you’re looking as a person, you really can ‘t see any extra stitching here, because it’s nice and deep and the ditch, that’s where the needle has fallen.
And now we’re going to do the next edge, so I’ll turn so you can see and kind of make sure that this is nice and flat over here and then you’re going to fold this bind here over just like I did on this edge here. When you get to the corner, you’re going to fold it so that the fold is at a 45-degree angle creating the minor corner and once you have that the way you like it, go ahead and take a straight pin and pin that in place and then you just fold this over the raw edge just like you did on the first side all the way down to this corner here and then you’ll do the exact same thing you will flip this over and on the new side here you’re going to stitch in the ditch from corner to corner and then you’re going to flip it over and do the exact same thing for the other two edges. So let me go ahead and finish these other two sides and you’re going to have a finished placemat.
Congratulations on making you Valentines Day quilted placemat. This is mine and you know it’s really simple so it’s a lot of fun to make and I can make a bunch of this real quick so I could have a nice, fun table for Valentines Day. But you can easily make this design your own by just doing a couple different things. First if you’re a little bit more experienced in quilting, you obviously know that you don’t have to do straight stitching lines. You can do a fun stipple effect on the background here, you can outline your heart more than once to create more of a ripple heart quilting design. You can—instead of choosing one fabric you can use a lot of different fabrics you could do a pattern effect, you can just do two, maybe quarters, you know anything you want. And of your binding you can just make fabric binding, you don’t have to go and get store-bought binding. But this project was designed to be a simple and quick. So everything here can get done one, two, three you can actually have a complete placemat, several of them so you can have a fun table.
Okay so this was mine, it was a lot of fun to make. I’m glad you made it with me I’m Jodie Tee with simplesewingprojects.com.