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February 21, 2008



Those dishtowls are amazingly cute! And thanks for the tute. I though you always had to use a bias binding, i wasn't aware on straight edged pieces you could use a straight binding. what a time saver that will be :)

Bobbie Lynn Duran

Very cute and thank you for bias binding tip. I think these will make some nice birthday gifts this year. I can't wait to get started.


Alicia, I can't wait to sit down and try out your binding instructions. I thought you would enjoy seeing how Autum makes binding...very creative!

Mary Beth Klatt

The Clover line of binding gadgets are the best bar none.


Wow! I have been doing my binding ALL WRONG! Thank you so much for the tutorial. Now I know why mine always turned out wonky. I'm definitely trying it out your way.


thank you so much for these instructions- i have been afraid to try this on my own but now i feel like i could! the fabric you used for the binding is beautiful too- do you know the name of it?

Robyn Guerrasio

I love love LOVE this binding fabric and suddenly I desperately wish I had those exact dishtowels. No chance they'll be going in the store all bound just like this, I imagine, since you already put out the PDF? Bummer for me, but I suppose we must allow you to do things just for yourself every now and then.

The answer to this, I realize, is that I could learn to sew and make my own darn dishtowels out of your generous patterns, and I'd like to eventually, but it ain't happenin' this year, that's for sure.

Anyhoo. Any chance you'd share the name of the fabric, so maybe I can get my hands on some and then figure out what to do with it?


Oh, so that's how you do a mitered corner. Neat!

I almost always use bias for binding though. Especially on something that will get a lot of use or stress. I find it's sturdier than straight-grain because it has a little give and there isn't one long single fiber right on the fold.

I'm having a lot of fun making dishtowels (there is a sentance I'd never thought I'd write). I suspect several members of my family will be getting sets for Christmas.

Thanks for the great designs.


Thanks for the tutorial! Great pics and terrific instructions. Now the real question is... do I have it in me to *bind* my dishtowels?

I think that the answer to that is "no," so I'll enjoy these lovely bound dishtowels vicariously through you!


yea! more notions!


Thank you so much for this tutorial! I tried my first binding this weekend and I knew I did it all wrong but I didn't know what the right way was... But now I know, thanks to you. : )

miss chris

Nice tute. And that fabric you used in these photos? I love that. XO


What a helpful tutorial! I'm a newish sewer and I've just settled for bias tape because I was overwelmed by the thought of making my own. But no more:-)

Cece Marie

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I look forward to giving it a try!


I LOVE your dishtowels and have been wanting to embroider some of my own for ages now. Can I ask where you got the towel fabric? I keep looking in stores and online and haven't found just the right cotton... is there a specific type I should be looking for? Is is just a super lightweight muslin? I know I can buy flower sack towels but they are never in dimensions that I want. Thanks foy any hints/tips you might offer :)


I've been procrastinating on my next project because I couldn't quite picture the I can go ahead. Thanks for the tutorial!


LOL I just noticed I typed "flower" instead of flour... DUH :)


Beautiful work and great tutorial; thank you!


That fabric is so pretty! Great, clear tutorial. I really want one of those binding gadgets - mine's a bit hit and miss!

Alicia P.

Thanks guys -- added the info about the durability of bias binding to the post, good point. And the fabric is Robert Kaufman Screen Print D#6897 and says Darlene Zimmerman's Clothesline Club 2007: Little Darlings 6. :-)

Alicia P.

And just click the "dishtowels" link the post for more info on the towel fabric, etc.


thanx for the tuto, I don't know if I'll have the courage to try it myself... where do you get so nice fabrics! it's always a problem here in France, but I found lot of nice peaces on Equilter... I'm a beginner...


eek! I can't wait! I'm done embroidering Mon-Weds. I've been holding off on the binding in full anticipation of this post (which I haven't read yet, so I don't know if a flickr group has been created?) Thanks, Alicia!


i'm a terrible sewer and i know i'll never ever do this but i thoroughly enjoyed your explanation. thank you!!


Great tips. I do it mostly the same, except once I've cut the fabric, I iron it in half and then fold the cut edges to the middle and iron again. It's anal, I know, but then I top stitch it to the edge with a running stitch. Since I'm not opening it to sew, it's nice and straight and I can see that it is going down perfectly on both sides at once.

Great sewing tips, Alicia.

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