Facings Tutorial

I shared this finish with you last week, but I took pictures while making the facing as I thought some of you might be interested in learning how I did it.

First I cut 2 1/2 inch strips and pressed under about a half inch along one side of each. I placed one on each of the shorter ends of the quilt, stretching the facing strip slightly and pinning as I went. You can see that I didn’t measure, just left them a little long. Next I stretched slightly and pinned the two strips on the long sides. I did trim these ends just a little short as you can see below. 

That was done on purpose to reduce bulk in the corners. Then I stitched all the way around about a quarter inch from the edge. 

I trimmed the excess facing and the corners just beyond the stitch line as you can see here.

Next I opened up the side strips and pressed them outward. 

Then I turned the whole thing over and pressed again as it would be sewn. See the nice edge you get?

At this point, your corners will look like this.

Time to hand stitch the facing to the back side.

Stretching the facing slightly as it is applied, encourages the facing to stay to the back so you can’t see it at all from the front. 

This is what it looks like after hand stitching.

I hope this is helpful. It really isn’t that hard and it can be the perfect edge treatment for some projects.

Have a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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5 Responses to Facings Tutorial

  1. Pingback: Improv Progress | KatyQuilts

  2. Mary Huspeni says:

    Such a beautiful crisp edge. I will try this on my next improv quilt. I have always used a regular binding for my wall quilts and see that it is time to improve the look of my edges.

  3. Val W says:

    Very neat finish. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  4. Pat in WNY says:

    thank you for this tutorial. I’ll need to try this finish, it was perfect for your quilt.

  5. I was just thinking about your finish and wondering how you did it. Thanks for sharing! I like the colors in the quilt, and I think it looks just great on your table! Mine are getting the bindings stitched down today, then they (2 of them) will be ready to show!

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