Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cord Bound Edge Treatment......Tutorial

I thought I would share a quick tutorial on an
alternative edge treatment for an art quilt.

This is how I add a cord to the edge of the quilt:

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This corded edge is another option for your art quilt bindings.

Choose a decorative stitch...
Stitch it all the way around the edge of your quilt.

I prefer a stiff cord...
like this rolled leather-like cording.
I use a thread that matches the cord color.

Zig Zag Stitch the cord to the edge of the quilt.
Be sure the needle goes all the way to the
right outside edge of the cord.
Do not stitch into the cord.

When you come to a corner stop stitching a few inches away.

Bend the cording to line up with the corner, like in the photo below.

By bending the cord before you get to the corner,
there is no distortion of the quilt.

Continue sewing down until you reach the bottom of the quilt...

An open toe applique foot gives the best visibility for this technique.

Keep the needle in the down position on the outside edge of the cord.
Keep the cord pushed up against the needle.

Raise up the presser foot...
Gently pivot the quilt around...
Keeping the cord against the needle.

When lined up straight with the next side of the quilt,
Drop the presser foot and continue to sew the next side.

Repeat this process until you are on the fourth and last side of the quilt.

Continue stitching until you are a few inches from the beginning of the cording where you started from.

Trim the end so it is flush against the beginning of the cord.
You just want the two ends to kiss together.

Continue to stitch the cord to the side of the quilt edge.
I stitch over the beginning stitches for a half inch or so.
Then I do a teeny tiny straight stitch to lock it in place.

This makes a nice finish.
Alternative Edge Treatments are just one more way to add the last bit of design work to your art quilts.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full of Bindings,


  1. Amazing tut and superb photos - many many thanks for taking the time to share this method with us, your devoted readers.

    You are such an inspiration to me !

  2. Lu Ann, thanks for the neat tutorial/pictures for the edge treatment. Terry Grant ( and Carol Ann Waugh have good instructions for this type of finish, also. I have not tried using the wide decorative stitch inside the cord--looks neat!

  3. What a great tutorial. I love the way it adds to the quilt.

  4. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.