30-Minutes with Workroom Tech: Episode Seventeen / Shaped Banding

In Episode Seventeen of The Sew Much More Podcast: 30-Minutes with Workroom Tech, Ceil DiGuglielmo and Susan Woodcock discuss Shaped Banding. (Air date June 12, 2019).

You can listen to this episode here: 30-Minutes with Workroom Tech: Shaped Banding

In episode sixteen of the podcast, Ceil and Susan talked about making and applying fabric banding that was straight, or turned at a right angle. There wasn't enough time to discuss shaped banding so in this discussion you will learn how to add banding around shapes and curves.

Adding banding is such a custom touch – whether it’s straight or shaped… but a shaped banding really is something special. In this episode learn how to make edge banding, and inset banding that follows a shape or design.

Edge Banding

An edge banding or binding wraps from the front to the back.

For a shaped edge that’s straight – like a stair step with right angles – you can cut the banding pieces straight of grain. But if the banding needs to ease around curves then you will want cut on the bias. The example below shows a banding that finishes the edge around corners, and curves.

Banding sewn on the edge, following the shape.

For inside corners, you can sew the banding to the corner, set the needle down and then pivot to continue sewing. For the outside corners, you will sew the banding to the corner and then fold back the banding to create a miter. "It’s a technique that’s used when binding the edge of quilts, or placemats", Susan said.


1. Cut the banding strips four times the finished size + 1/4 inch for take up. For a 1/2-inch finished banding cut 2-1/4 inch wide bias strips.

2. Sew to the edges using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. For inside corners, seat the needle, pivot and turn. For outside corners stop 1/2-inch from the edge and backstitch. Fold the banding to create a 45 degree angle as shown in the photo below.

Sewing banding to the edge

3. Fold the banding again - to the left and over the angled fold.

Sewing the corners

4. Resume sewing 1/2-inch from the corner.

Banding is sewn to the front

5. Press the banding from the front, making sure the mitered corners are neat.

Press from the front

6. Fold under the cut edges and press. Make sure the stitching is covered. Pin in place.

Fold the banding to the back, press and pin.

7. This banding was hand sewn.

Hand sewing the banding to the back.

Wider Width Shaped Banding