String Pieced Border

There’s a million ways to make this border but here’s how I do it.

1.  I use this Kabnet Wax paper pre-cut sheets that I buy at Sam’s Club.  The sheets are 12″ x 10-3/4″.


2.  Lay a strip of fabric face up somewhere on the center of the paper.  The strip can be any width you wish to cut it.  Because I’m cutting my border strips 4-1/2″ wide, I’m laying my strips up and down on the short side.  This way, I’ll get 2 – 4-1/2″ x 12″ strips from each sheet.


3.  Lay another strip face down (right sides together) and sew along one edge.  I sew on the paper side because I get better results doing it that way.  I can easily see the edge of the fabric through the paper.


4.  Press the seam allowance towards the strip you’ve just added.


5.  Add another strip . . any width you wish.  You can trim the bottom (orange) strip if you want to get a little angle going here.


6.  Continue adding strips on one side, then go back and add strips to the other side til the whole sheet is full.  Because you can let your two end strips hang over the edge of the paper, your piece will be longer than the 12″ piece of foundation paper.


7.  Cut the strips into whatever size you wish.  I am able to get 2 – 4-1/2″ strips and then a smidgen of leftover (the piece on the right side of the photo).


8.  Square up the ends and you’re ready to go.  Continue making the pieces til you have all you need for your border.


I’ll show you how I do the corner later today or tomorrow.



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    I’ll admit, the same question as Jane Ann popped into my mind! Also, what happens to the was when you iron? Do you use a protective sheet on your ironing surface? I haven’t mentioned this but thanks for blogging. I may not comment often, but I do keep up with you. You’re amazing at sharing your talent! Thank you!