June 04, 2018

Making & Using Ripped Binding

There are several ways to make and attach binding. For this post I am going to explain how to make and use ripped binding. It's very easy, fast and there is no fiddling involved. This type of binding is suited well for any straight edge that needs bound. It is not suited for curved edges. For those you would want to use bias cut strips.

Just a reminder ~ Always try this on a test piece before ripping into a full length of your pricey fashion fabric.

1. To make the binding, start with even weave fabric. 

2. Measure how wide you want your strips. For this project I used 1 1/2 inch. 

3. Mark your fabric and cut into the fabric about an inch into the selvage edge. 

~ Cutting the selvage edge to literally Rip binding strips ~

4. Here is my favorite part: grasp both sides of the fabric and rip it apart. I know that may sound scary to some but try it on a scrap. It's actually a lot of fun and a great stress reliever. 

5. Press each strip and pin them together, at the selvage ends, to make a long strip. Check and make sure that all the seams will be on the same side of the strip.

~ Match up and sew the selvage ends of your ripped binding ~

6. Sew the selvage ends together and iron the ends open. You now have your binding.

7. To attach the binding, with right sides together, lay the binding edge along the edge that is to be bound and pin in place. Then stitch. For this project I stitched using the edge of the presser foot as my guide.

8. Iron the work on the right side, making sure to press it open at the seam. 

9. Flip the work over and fold the free edge of the binding tape toward the edge of the fabric to be bound. Fold it again to cover the row of stitching, iron and pin closed along the entire length.

10. Stitch in the ditch, on the right side of your fabric, to invisibly attach the binding, removing pins as you go. 

~ Stitching in the Ditch ~ Attaching Ripped Binding ~

Check along the way to make sure your stitch line is falling on the back side of the binding tape. All done!  This may sound like a long process but it really takes more time to explain than to do. 

I hope that all of your sewing projects are going together like a dream.
Until next time, 
Happy Stitching!!

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1 comment:

  1. Great detailed post, it is easier when you have done it a few times. I have been cheating and buying it recently though.


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