By Pauline Lindsay
This is a chance to practice different types of edgings and bindings
on a small project. Pauline Lindsey says it helps decide which
you would like to use for bigger items.
- One fat quarter for outer and inner
main pieces or two pieces cut 46 x15cm (18 x 6in)
- Four small pieces at least 18cm (7in) square for the pockets
- Four small strips at least 5 x 25cm (2 x 10in) for the pocket binding details
- 130cm (51in) of 1 1⁄4in bias strip
- 20cm (8in) strip of wadding
- 20cm (8in) medium piping cord
- 60cm (24in) ribbon or rouleau for the ties
18 x 6in (46 x 15cm)
Pauline thought that the outer fabric
shown here (from Makower UK) was
just too delightful to cut up. You might
want to cut the inside and outside of
your roll in different fabrics, make the
pockets in a contrasting colour or just
change the colour of the bindings. If you
adjust the size it would be a lovely present
for a new mum with pockets filled with
cotton wool and baby paraphernalia.
- Cut two pieces of fabric for the outer and inner layers 18 x 6in (46 x 15cm).
Sandwich the wadding between the two fabrics with the WS of the fabrics next to the
wadding. Pin or tack through all three layers to keep in place. Put to one side until you
have made the pockets.
- For the ruffled edge, cut a 10 x 1 1⁄2in (26 x 4cm) strip of your chosen binding
fabric. Fold and finger press the strip in half lengthways. Run a tacking thread using
small stitches, approximately 1⁄8in (3mm) from the raw edges. Start with a knot but leave
the thread without finishing off at the end.
- Cut a piece of wadding and two pieces of pocket fabric 4 x 6 1⁄2in (10 x 17cm). Place
the wadding on the table and put a rectangle of fabric on top, with the RS facing upward.
Pin the knotted end of your ruffle to the corner of one long side of the rectangle with the
raw edges together. Ease the fullness of the ruffle by pulling the thread until it matches
the length of the rectangle. Pin in place.
- Place the second rectangle of fabric on top with the RS of the fabric down.
Ensure all raw edges are even and stitch along the top edge. Trim any excess wadding
away from the edge of the seam and flip the fabric so that RS of the fabrics are
outwards and pin to hold back. Stitch 1⁄4in (6mm) below the ruffled edge to
ensure a firm edge.
- For the corded binding cut a 6 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2in (17 x 4cm) strip of binding and fold over
the piping cord. Pin or tack close to the cord to hold in place. Cut wadding and fabric as
above and lay the wadding and one piece of fabric as before. Place the piping onto this
with the raw edges matching. Put the last piece of fabric on top and pin in place. Stitch
through all the layers using a piping foot if you have one on your machine, flip fabric,
pin and then stitch 1⁄4in (6mm) below the edge.
- For the double or French binding, cut a 6 1⁄2 x 2in (17 x 5cm) strip of binding, fold
and finger press lengthwise. Cut two pieces of pocket fabric and one piece of wadding
3 x 6 1⁄2in (8 x 17cm) and layer the wadding between. Lay the double-folded strip against
one long edge of the fabric sandwich and pin in place with all four raw edges matching.
Stitch 1⁄4in from the raw edge, ensuring that you go through all four layers of fabric and
wadding. Trim away excess wadding and fold binding back to cover edges and slip
stitch in place, anchoring the hand stitches to the line of machine stitching.
- For Prairie Points cut six 1 1⁄2in (4cm) squares. Cut two pocket fabrics and
one piece of wadding 3 x 6 1⁄2in (8 x 17cm). Fold each square in half diagonally and
then fold again so that they are a quarter of their original size. Pin and press each
piece to hold in shape. Lay evenly along the edge of one piece of the fabric matching
the raw edges. You will need to overlap them slightly to get all six along the edge of your
pocket, pin in place, and then either tack, pin or machine with small seam allowance to
secure. Layer wadding, the fabric with the points face upward, and then the other piece
of fabric face down and stitch securely through all the layers. Trim the wadding, flip fabric
and stitch 1⁄4in (6mm) below edge as before.
- Evenly space out each of the pockets onto the large background fabric sandwich.
Ensure that the tops of each pocket face in the same direction. Flip back each pocket
(except for the one at the bottom end) and machine stitch raw edges securely to the outer
piece. Fold the pockets back to their correct position and pin in place.
- Trim away any excess fabric and wadding from the sides of the pockets. Shape the
top two corners of the background piece so that they have a gentle curve – Pauline
used the edge of her pin tin to get a nice shape – and just round off the sharp points
of the bottom two corners.
- Fold the ribbon in half and pin it to the top end of the roll, making sure that
you tuck the ends well away from the edges where you will be sewing. Starting at the
bottom end fold over the short end of the bias strip and pin the bias strip all round
the work, matching the side of the bias strip to the edge of the roll. Machine stitch in
place; ensure that you catch the edges of each of the pockets as you sew. Trim away
excess wadding, and turning raw edge of binding in, slip stitch in place to cover
machine stitch line.
First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 12 Number 9 - August 2004