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Sunday, May 15, 2011

School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and Label

After posting pictures of the finished banner last week, which you can see HERE, it occurred to me that I had not shown off the backing fabric which I am totally in love with! So this post should actually have been done before the final reveal. I guess that's what happens when the excitement to show off the finished project is just too much to take! You all understand, don't you?


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelSo after I finished the appliqué of the letters and the roof line and arch and pieced the top to the bottom, I quilted inside all the white squares and shapes and stitched very close to the edge all the way around. I've discovered this makes binding so much easier to do!


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelFor the quilting, I used white thread and my presser foot as the guide and stitched just inside the blue frames on all the white fabric.


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelThen I trimmed off the excess all around the edges to prepare the banner for binding.


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelThis is the gorgeous Moda fabric I used for the backing. It's the perfect shade of blue and the forget-me-nots couldn't be any happier! Don't you love that fabric? I sure do!


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelUsing my favorite method of making bias binding, which you can find HERE, and the same Kona blue fabric as the sashing and letters, I made enough binding for the outside of the banner.


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelI also made my label and stitched the bottom edge of it into the binding to save myself having to hand stitch that edge. Every little bit helps!


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelI also made a sleeve using the backing fabric and stitched the top edge of that into the binding along the top of the banner.


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelFor the final stitching of the binding, I had to use blue thread on the blue and white thread on the white so my imperfect stitching wouldn't show too much.


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelYou can see the white stitching on the back, but I was ok with that as long as the front looked good.


School Charity Banner ~ Binding, Backing and LabelAnd there's the finished back of the banner with the label stitched on and the sleeve at the top and all ready to turn it over to show the finished project...which I already did last week!

Happy Stitching!

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1 Comments:

  • Love the forget-me-not fabric - so pretty. Your idea of stitching around the edges before adding binding is great - I can see where this would definitely be helpful!

    By Blogger annemarie, At May 16, 2011 at 7:27 AM  

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