The next sewing day, I finished off the quilting on my portable ironing pad. If you missed part one, click on Matching Ironing Pad Part One. I used Signature thread in a dark grey top and bobbin. It looks good on the heat resistant fabric, but also blends with the print.
It is fairly centered, not too bad. Now, to bind it. I wanted the mat to be a little bigger than it was going to be if I cut it to the heat resistant fabric size. And I thought the binding could be a little different than the usual too. I thought if I cut the piece outside of the stitching line on the heat resistant fabric side, I could simply add a larger binding as a design opportunity. I cut the mat size 3/4-inch outside the heat resistant fabric. Instead of the usual width of 2-1/2 inches, I cut my binding 6 inches wide. Folded it was three inches, and made a 1-1/2 inch border all around. Kinda neat, huh!!
I creased the corner in the usual way, adding the line to the crease, just like I showed you in the binding tutorial.
Continue around just like it was a skinnier binding.
Turned as usual, and stitched down, it is finished. All the corners mitered just like they should.
I added a wide green grosgrain ribbon to tie it in a roll for carrying to classes.
Laying it out flat, it can be used for class pressing projects. The extra wide binding makes a nice frame, don’t you think?
Here is the outside, not too bad on the centering. It is just a bit off to the left, but I don’t think the quilt police will catch it.
Here it is all rolled up ready to pack for a class or workshop.
Now, where did I put that little bitty travel iron?