Just face it! I like this method for small projects. It creates the look of piping on the edge and it’s quick.
I made my booth number for Spring Quilt Market, and used this technique.
- Trim and square up just as you would to prepare for binding.
- Cut (2) 2-1/2″ strips to match the length of your project at the sides.
- Cut (2) 2-1/2″ strips to match the width+1″ of your project.
- Press all 4 strips in half lengthwise.
- Center and stitch the side pieces to the sides of your project, along the front using a 1/4″ seam, just like you would bind a project. Bring the strips all the way to the back, then roll it a smidgen (about 1/8″ forward), so that you can see the “piping” at the sides.
- Center and stitch the top and bottom strips across the top and bottom of your piece, leaving 1/2″ extra on each side.
- Again, bring strips to back and roll slightly forward. Now tuck extra fabric in on top and bottom at the corners.
- Pin, then hand-stitch all around.
You now have a neat looking finish and it took no longer than binding!
Keep stitching! -Kris