How to apply inset banding to a cornice


Cornices with inset trim

 

In last post I showed you these cornices along with the slouch draperies,  the cornices by themselves, would have been kind of plain and simple, but the client found this beautiful trim to go on them which is what made the cornices.

Slouch Panels on Medallions and Cornice

Just by adding beautiful trim to an ordinary fabric, changed the cornice from being plain jane, to something very elegant.

Cornices with inset trim

So I will show you how I achieved this look.

Attaching trim to a cornice.

The first step is to lay out your fabric, smoothing it out so it is nice and flat.  Then I use blue painters tape to lay out where the trim goes.  You need to know the finished size of your cornice, how much extra fabric for wrapping around the edges and start doing the math!  I am not very good at math, so I use a lot of rulers and measure a lot.

Attaching trim to a cornice.

I then apply döfix Bortenfix hemming tape to the back of the trim, and then apply it to the fabric.  I have also used Fringe adhesive (fabric glue) before, but in this application I prefer using the tape.  You do need a lot of steam to apply it and I have a  reliable boiler iron that provides that.

Making a mitered corner with trim

The trick to making the trim look good, is to do a miter corner.  So I snapped some pictures to show you how I do a miter.  Before I completely glue down to the corner I fold back at the corner and press in the fold, leaving the paper on.

Making a mitered corner with trim

Then I make the miter folding at a diagonal, making sure it lines up and press again.

Making a mitered corner with trim

I then take off the paper and give it a lot of steam.  Before I do all this steaming I will warn you that you should test a portion of the trim to make sure it can handle the heat and steam.  If not that is when I would use the fringe adhesive and let it sit overnight.

Making a mitered corner with trim

The perfect mitered corner.

Attaching trim to a cornice.

I then continue around all four sides making my miters and removing the blue tape.

Attaching trim to a fabric

Until you are done!

Attaching trim to a fabric

I then finished the cornice and the result was a very happy client!

Cornices with inset trim

I also used the same method for the pillow I made them.

Pillow with inset trim

Once again, thanks for stopping by, and I will be back with another project I did this summer with this Fabric!

Beautiful Thibaut Fabric

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