Briar Sewalong: Neckline Binding

February 6th, 2013

And now on to my favourite knit neckline finish. Binding!

Now be warned – this is not your standard neckline binding, this is my method. I like it because it feels nice and sturdy/thick, all the raw edges are enclosed and there is no trimming off edges and things at the end – plus since the steps are similar to the collar band, some people find it less confusing.

If you prefer a traditional neckline binding, i’ll show you how to do that next week (we’ll be using the same pattern piece as you use for Megan Nielsen binding cover today)

and we’re off…

We’ll start with the shoulder seams sewn and pressed again.

Fold your binding in half length ways and sew 5/8″ from the raw edge. press.

Fold your binding in half width ways, so that seam is enclosed, and with right sides facing outwards. Press.

Make sure you have marked the notches on the neckline and notches on the binding piece. As with yesterday, the notches on the binding piece are halfway between the centre front and centre back (seam) of the binding piece.

Now pin the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the neckline, matching up the notches. Make sure that you pin the binding to the wrong side of the fabric (inside of top). This is important!

Now stretch the binding to fit the neckline, and sew 1/4″ from the raw edge all the way round. You’ll notice that you don’t need to stretch the binding piece as much as you needed to stretch the neckline band yesterday.

Press the binding upwards.

Now fold the binding over the neckline edge encasing it. And pin in place. Note we are not folding the seam edge over too – we are just encasing the edge in the binding.

Topstitch around the edge – and don’t forget to press the neckline really well – this will help set the binding and make it conform correctly to the curve. As you may see in the above picture, my binding looked a little weird before pressing – but now it’s perfect!

Now you’re done, and you have a nice sturdy neckline binding!

Don’t forget! If you haven’t gotten the pattern yet – no worries! You can still get 10% off in store during the sewalong using code BRIAR at checkout!

29 Responses

  1. I love the sturdiness of this finish – as well as the encased seam, which gives a nicer look & is less scratchy around the neckline. I’m wondering, though – it looks like you used a straight stitch for your topstitching. Since this is knit, will that be stretchy enough to go over the head without popping the stitches?

  2. Sarah Connell says:

    Oh Megan- Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been wondering how to do this neckline for a long long time, but couldn’t get my head around it until now. You’ve revolutionized my sewing of knit tops! Thank you thank you! Can’t wait to see all the Briar variations coming up too…

  3. Nicole says:

    Another awesome tutorial Megan :-) you make it so easy for us! x

  4. Mar says:

    Thank you for this! My daughter and husband are both sensitive to seams, and I’ve avoided making t-shirts for them because I didn’t want to deal with the tiny seam taping I see on the inside of RTW. That stuff is too much of a PITA for me to want to deal with, but THIS! This is can do!

  5. Jenny says:

    Ooh, I haven’t seen this method before, but I like! It’s great for those of us without overlockers, so I’ll definitely be trying this out next time I make a t-shirt. Thanks :)

  6. Ginger says:

    Ooh, I love this! Can’t wait to try this technique out!

  7. Juli says:

    Bookmarking this to try out also! It looks like a really nice finish! :-)

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  12. Gloria says:

    Could you tell me how wide you cut your binding. This looks awesome by the way. I am doing one today.

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  14. […] One thing I’m really happy with is how the binding came out. I’ll definitely be using this finish again. Her tutorial for this is here. […]

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  19. marg says:

    Going to do this finis Looks amazing Thanks

  20. Reyna says:

    I have a question. Do you cut your binding on a bias?

  21. Suzanne says:

    hahah – and here I thought this was my own secret method…. I discovered it recently when working with a sheer chiffon, made the binding so much easier ;o) Awesome tutorial, I will be doing this on all knit tops for the future!!!

  22. Allyson says:

    Sorry if this has already been asked here but, What fabric are you using and where did you buy it?

  23. Donna Thiemann says:

    Just stopped by to say what a lovely tutorial you did here, many thanks! You make this look so easy. I do sew and make some clothing but I mostly hem pants, sew on buttons and Alter . Your tutorials are good teaching tools for many!
    I also want to know what type of knit this is. It’s lovely and has a nice stretch to it you don’t often see. Thanks again!


  24. Mia Gordon says:

    Thanks Briar I have been looking for a tutorial on how to do this for merino garments – what a fantastic tutorial thanks so much!!!