How long did it take before your bindings were decent looking?
I "threw together" two pot holders last night for our daughter-in-law's birthday today. The potholders were FINE - piece of cake! The bindings were . . . (shudder) . . . awful. I won't go into all the mistakes I made; just too depressing. I even accidently "trimmed" one corner of the binding and had to rip all that out, make an additional piece of binding, then try sewing it on, which only made the corner bulkier and more out of control.
I have the sweetest daughter-in-law - while I was bemoaning all my mistakes, she said she didn't see a thing wrong with them!!
Still . . . it's gotta get better than this, or I'm going back to knitting! :P