Have you ever wondered how to sew a finished hem or cuff band? Usually these bands are left with raw edges on the insides. Our tutorial shows you how to create hem bands that are finished on the inside. This method also works really good for very thick fabrics. Perhaps you want your garment to be as pretty on the inside as on the outside. Maybe you’re worried about fraying raw edges. Or perhaps you’re trying to reduce the thickness of the seams. For all those reasons you need this tutorial.
Lay the hem (or cuff) band down on the main fabric right sides together (RST). Do NOT fold the band in 1/2 as you may be used to doing with other patterns. Sew together using the seam allowance required in your pattern.
Iron seam allowances toward band.
Iron over seam allowance on other side of hem band.
Fold hem band in 1/2 wrong sides together. (WST) Overlap and nest the raw edge right up next to the seam on the wrong side of the fabric.
Pin very well. You don’t want this hem band to twist at all, so pinning now will make your life easier in the next step.
Sew the hem band in place.
Now for this tutorial, I am sewing a cardigan (Peekaboo Pattern Shop Cambridge Cardigan affiliate link) that has a band/neck binding around the front neckline and down the fronts. So the rest of this tutorial shows you how to sew on that second band and end up with a finished inside all the way around. If you are sewing a band that will be round, like a cuff or a sweatshirt hem band, simply sew on the band following this tutorial before you sew the side seams, which is when the band will be completed.
Pin the neck binding to the cardigan fronts RST, leaving a 1/4 inch hanging over at each end. Sew in place. Iron seam allowance toward binding as before.
Iron up the 1/4 inch overhang at the end of the neck binding.
Iron over 1/4 inch along the outer edge of the neck binding.
Fold neck binding in 1/2. Nest the seam allowances as in Step 4. Sew across bottom, up one side, around the neck, down the other side, and across the other bottom.
So there you have it. Beautifully finished bands. Whether it be cuffs, hems or neck bindings, you can now create hem bands another way.