Today's post was supposed to be about shaping the top and bottom edges and applying trim. Since I hadn't finished making bias trim that was impossible. Also, I haven't finished setting grommets. Yikes! I really am sewing along with everyone. While many of you will be pounding grommets this weekend, so will I. So, we'll finish this week with a quick lesson on sewing together bias strips to make a longer length of trim. Sometimes it's just not possible to cut bias strips the required length, additionally, you will waste less fabric if you assemble pieces cut from smaller left over bits than cut a large, diagonal swath through your fabric. Once you learn how to piece bias strips together you can trim your garment with anything you please instead of being bound to what is available prepackaged. The world is yours!
Start by laying the edges of two bias strips together, face to face, with the corners overlapping 1/4 inch.
Sew the pieces together, stitching 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric.
Press the allowance open.
Trim the allowance to 1/8 inch, trim the corners, and you're done.
I think this aqua is a fresher choice than the red I originally planned on using. What do you think? Aqua? Red? Aqua? Red? Has everyone definitively chosen trim or was it just me who hadn't committed?