Applying the binding:
1. Fold one of the short ends of the 2 3/4” x 44” strip of fabric 1/4” to the wrong side and iron in place. Fold the entire length of fabric in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, and iron.
2. Beginning at the center front, along the bottom edge of the mug rug, and using the edge that you ironed in at 1/4″, pin the binding to the mug rug with the raw edges of the binding even with the raw edges of the mug rug.
3. Before you do the remaining edges, you will stitch this section in place using a 3/8” seam allowance. Begin your stitching at the folded end of your binding, and stop your stitching 3/8″ from the corner. I like to run a couple of back stitches at the beginning and end of my stitching to secure seam in place. Remove the project from the machine.
4. Flip your binding piece up forming a fold at a 45-degree angle. Then bring the binding back down so that the fold in your binding will be even with the raw edge at the top. Your raw edges of the binding will be even with the raw edges of the mug rug.
5. Secure with pins and stitch in place just as you did with the first edge stopping 3/8″ from the end. Repeat these steps with remaining corners. With the remaining corners, you will also be starting your stitching 3/8” from the corner too. When you get to the end, leave an overlap of at least an inch and trim off the excess binding before stitching that final section down.
6. Trim off excess threads and remove basting stitches that might have been left behind or exposed. Flip the folded edges of the binding to the back and pin in place. Hand stitch binding to the backing.
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