Over the last year, we’ve been discussing different techniques to finish the edges. Many products you see in fast-fashion stores have unfinished edges which will last less long than when the edges are protected for moist and dirt. Well, today we will add
Different techniques to finish edges
To list the techniques this are some options to finish your edges:
– Rolled edge
– Turned edges
– and last but not least the bound edge
But how do you bind an edge?
First, you will have to measure the length you will need for the small strip of leather. You can either use a measuring tape or a simple piece of thread. Just to be sure you might add a little extra to this length.
Next, you will have to decide on the thickness fo the strip. It is not just the width on both sides but also the top arc, and don’t forget about the stitching margin.
Once you’ve cut your strips, it depends on your material what the next step is. In case it is all leather you can glue it really tightly onto the piece before pricking the holes. Though since I was making the DIY clear make-up pouch, I pre-punched the plastic.
Lastly, sew everything together. To fully finish off your project, think about how to sew the end pieces of the leather strip together. You can make them flush or overlap a bit. In the latter case, you can also skive them both to half the thickness to make it even.
Super-super finishing touch: if you really want to finish off your project well, you could finish all the edges of your strip to bind the edges. To make a little crease along the side, and for example, burnish it. Why would you finish off your edge finish? Good question. Though it could be that you want to bind off the edge where you’ve got to hide the lining of your bag, or multiple layers are harder to finish as pretty as you would like.
A great technique to add to your knowledge collection! Would you like me to explain other edge finishes as well? Leave a comment below or send me an email!