Last lesson we discussed and looked at how to put a quilt block together my way. Now I want to show you how I finish my hotpads. There are always lots of ways to do anything in quilting. I am just showing you my favorite way.
Here is one for border idea. I like to sometimes add a thin border of the same background fabric. This gives you a sense of allowing the design to float. It pops the design out from the background and makes it stand out more.
First we are going to add a thin border. I like to use a wide strip to sew on and then trim it to the size I want. the wider your strip the easier it is to reuse the leftover strip.
Cut 2 strips a bit longer than one side. sew them on to opposite sides. Open and iron the seams open. This helps keep it flat.
2 side borders added
Trim the border to your prefered size. Here I trimmed it to 1/2"
Notice that we get a thin border but we didn't handle a narrow strip to accomplish this.
It is really easy to put on a thin border this way and more accurate than if you cut the finished size border first and then sewed it on.
Now trim the ends
Add the other two borders the same way
and trim them the same way also.
So now you have a 1/2" border.