How to Sew a Knit Neckline Binding (Standard Method)

As I mentioned earlier in the Briar sew-along – my method for binding a knit neckline is different to the standard or more traditional method. So in case you’d like to try the normal way, today I’m going to show you how!

Just to make things easy we’re going to use the binding pattern piece from the Briar pattern – but if you did this on another pattern, you’d just want to cut a binding strip that was either the same length as the circumference of your neckline (along the stitch line, not raw edge), or an inch or so shorter. I prefer to make it a bit shorter, I find it conforms to the curve better, but most texts/instructions will tell you to cut the exact same length for a binding.

Okie-Dokie lets get going!

Fold your binding strip in half length ways, and sew 5/8″ from the edge on the raw edge. You may use a serger/overlocker or a zig-zag stitch on a regular machine. Press seam flat.

Make sure to mark your notches and centre front and back on the binding piece and the t-shirt neckline.

Match up the notches and pin the binding to the neckline with right sides facing each other. Ease the binding into the curve as you go.

Sew 1/2″ from the neckline edge all the way round. (you may obviously choose to do a different width binding if you like, but I like chunkier things)

Turn your top inside out. (ps. don’t forget to use a stretch or ballpoint needle! I totally forgot to change my needle and left my denim needle in. Big mistake – check out those crazy skipped stitches!)

Now fold the binding strip over the neckline edge to encase it. Then topstitch on the binding close to the seamline.

Trim away the excess fabric as close to the stitching as you care

Don’t forget to press your binding! This will help to set the curve and get any crazy puckers out.

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