Thursday, October 20, 2011
Neckline binding tutorial
So here it is: the one, the only neckline binding tutorial for knits! I must say, I actually much prefer this style of finishing a neckline. It's much easier than doing a bias strip when it comes to knits, in my opinion, and I like the look of this so much more.
I hope you find the tutorial useful. Away we go!
1 - Stitch your shoulder seams together, and press the seams open.
2 - Take your binding strip as per the pattern you are working with, and fold it in half with wrong sides together. Press, then open it up and sew the ends together with right sides together. Press the seam open, then refold and press again if required. You now have a loop of binding.
3 - With raw edges together, pin the binding to the neckline with right sides facing. The seam in the middle of your loop of binding should be positioned at the centre back point of the neckline. Make sure that you stretch the binding around the neckline evenly. Sew with a 1cm seam allowance. Overlock the raw edge.
4 - Phew - the trickiest bit is over! Now press the neck line binding seam allowance flat, towards the t-shirt.
5 - Topstitch along the inside edge of the t-shirt neckline, stitching through the binding seam allowance on the wrong side.
And that's it - you should now have a lovely neck binding. Let me know if you have any questions - I'll answer in the comment box below. But before I go, I must say a lot of credit for this goes to Nic, who taught me how to do it in the first place. Thanks, Nic!
And don't forget - cute buttons are always an option!