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Thread: Binding a potholder

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    Binding a potholder

    I'm making a square potholder with cotton on one side and a slightly heavier denim on the other. Is there a technique to make the denim continue around to the front so it makes a narrow border? (I thought I remembered seeing something about binding a quilt this way, but don't know the proper term.) How do I finish the corners?

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    You can bring the back to the front for a self binding finish. Since its denim, I would leave it an inch bigger all around, fold it over the front and stitch it down leaving the edge raw. I would then snip to the stitching line every half inch for a fringe raw edge. You could turn the edge under and top stitch but I don't think you will not be able to sew through all the layers especially in the corners.
    If you want a clean finished edge on the self binding, it would be easier to leave the cotton side bigger and fold it over the denim. A self binding is done much like wrapping a present and you fold the corners in first.

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    Using denim as binding might just be too thick. Tartan instruction are correct.
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    Thanks! As I mentioned in my original post, the denim is only slightly heavier than the cotton; it's not anything near jeans-weight. (Even if it were, my trusty Singer 401 would sail right through it!)

    "Like wrapping a present" (which it is) I like that!

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    Tartan, I'm glad you mentioned the raw-edge option. Even though I pinned it, the potholder shifted in the quilting process, so in a couple of spots there wasn't enough fabric to turn under. This is what it looks like now; I assume it will unravel in the wash?
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    what a wonderful potholder, it will fray and look fantastic!
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    Cute potholder! I will send you my address. :/)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamsbuying View Post
    Cute potholder! I will send you my address. :/)
    I will send mine too...

    Another idea to put on my project list........let me see number......123657843572. denim potholder.......check!
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    The potholder is great and I love the decorative stitching you use.

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    Very nice & great miter job!!

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    What a cute potholder and the binding looks great.
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