You’re so close to finishing your Berry Bubble Shorts! Today is the last day of the sew along. If you’re running a bit behind, no worries; there will be two catch up days to finish up your shorts.
In this post we are going to bind our leg openings and add our buttons.
These instructions are for the bubble option. If you are making the straight leg option, read the tutorial in your PDF. First you will need to sew two rows of gathering stitches (a straight stitch set at the longest length) around each leg opening. Do not backstitch at the beginning or end. Ideally you should start at a seam and sew back around to the seam. Sew your first row of gathering stitches 1/4″ from the bottom of your leg opening. Sew the second row 3/4″ from the bottom.
Unfold the ends of your leg binding and with right sides together, sew the short ends together with a 1/2″ seam allowance to form a loop. Press your seam open and then press the folds back into place. Repeat for the other binding.
Now take one of the threads from each row of gathering stitches and pull gently as you slide your fabric along the thread. Gather your leg openings until they are the same size as your binding. Spread your gathers out evenly.
Place a pin in the center opposite your seam on your binding. Line up your binding seam and your inner leg seam, and your binding pin with your outer side seam. Place the raw edge of your leg opening inside the binding, so it meets in the middle of the binding. Pin your binding all around your leg opening.
Topstitch along the top edge of your binding, going slowly and making sure your shorts stay inside of the binding and also that you are catching the back of the binding as you go. Press and remove the basting stitches that are showing. Repeat the steps for the other leg to attach the binding.
The last step is to attach your front buttons and you are done!
Take some photos and share your finished Berry Bubble Shorts on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #berrybubbleshorts. Three random winners will be chosen on June 18th to win some great prize packs! See full details here.
Thanks so much for joining us in our first sew along!