We've spent the week awash in beautiful bindings, and you should have soaked up enough knowledge and inspiration to start a binding blitz. We round out the series today with the classic French binding, using packaged bias tape to create a narrow, solid edge. It is a lovely finish that works well on projects with thinner layers, such as table linens. We also show you some great fussy cutting techniques to center your panels to the best effect - each side of our placemats is made up of one wide center panel and two narrow top and bottom border panels.
You could make this type of classic bound blanket with any combination of fabrics, but what makes ours so gorgeous is the classic Pendleton wool and the surprise texture of its coordinated corduroy binding. The beautiful jacquard weave of Pendleton wool makes their fabric striking from both the front and the back. This project was chosen to be part of our Beautiful Binding week because it is a truly beautiful example of heavy binding with mitered corners. By taking the time to do a precision job of cutting, wrapping and stitching, you end up with a finished blanket that looks amazing from either side.
For formal occasions, I love the look of a table runner with placemats. The rich dark wood of the dining table sets off the fabric, and the individual linens act like beautiful little frames for the china and silver. Our very elegant table runner in a sparkling platinum damask with rich mahogany accents is certainly fit for a king or a queen or... your own royal family. This project was chosen to be part of our Beautiful Binding week because it shows you how to create a flush, turned corner – a wonderful technique for all kinds of square and rectangle table linens. Plus, we show you how to expertly tuck in a tassel.
You know what they say: Start small and big things will follow! A baby quilt is a great way to dip your toe into the quilting waters. Chances are, once you try one of these easy, itty-bitty marvels, you'll be hooked. Especially if the project is bright, modern and fun... like this one! We added a custom monogram to the bottom right square, which personalizes the project and makes it a cherished keepsake. This project was chosen to be part of our Beautiful Binding week because it's a classic style that is also is a great example of how to fussy cut and play with width in order to use your binding to showcase a motif. In this case, our binding is cut wider that what is traditional, allowing us to take full advantage of the Gray Quarter Dot fabric: one full dot shows along each side; creating a bold, repetitive style along the edge.