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Skinny Bit Tutorial

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

I have had some requests for the skinny bit process. It is hard to explain without visuals so here goes.

Two pieces of fabric to be joined with a skinny bit.

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Cut a one inch wide strip that will become the skinny bit.

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Stitch to one piece of fabric with a 1/4 inch seam.

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Press the seam toward the skinny bit piece.

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With a rotary cutter, trim the skinny bit with a curved cut. This can be a small curve or just a skinny straight line. What you see will be the size of the finished skinny bit.

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Press the seam back towards the larger piece.

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With right sides up, place the skinny bit over the end of the other piece of fabric.

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With a rotary cutter, cut the second piece of fabric along the curve of the skinny bit.

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With a chalk marker make several registration marks across both sides.

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Pin, right sides together, at the registration marks. Then pin carefully keeping the edges together.
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Stitch a 1/4 inch seam. This is an important step – 1/4 inch!

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Press the seams open.

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Voila! A skinny bit.

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Here is the completed strip.

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If you are doing a curved edge, the skinny bit needs to be cut on the bias. Another interesting effect on a long edge, is to piece the skinny bit so that there is a change in pattern and/or color.