Have you ever needed to match
seams in a printed fabric for a border? Perhaps you have a crosswise
striped fabric and need a border strip longer than the width
of the fabric. Or maybe you're piecing a lengthwise border, and
don't have the yardage to cut the border in one piece. Seams
in borders can be distracting if the pattern doesn't match, especially
if the fabric has a design with an obvious repeat.
Rainbows and Rickrack, from Magic
Quilts by the Slice has a seam in the border on each side.
Can you find the seam in the detail above? Piecing a nearly invisible
seam is not hard.
Begin by studying your fabric
and deciding which part you'd like to use for the border. Don't
feel locked into the border dimensions given in a pattern. Choose
your border based on the fabric design and what is best for the
The instructions here are
for a border cut across the width, but the same approach will
work for lengthwise piecing too. Cut your first border strip.
Square off one end, trimming away the selvage if it is a crosswise
strip. Lay the trimmed end on the remaining fabric, and find
the first place where it matches. This will probably be several
inches in from the selvage for a crosswise border. Line up the
trimmed edge carefully and mark the fabric above and below the
first border strip so that you can see where to cut. Remove the
first strip, and cut the second strip, using the marks as a guide
and also measuring the width so that it is the same as the first
Press under 1/4"
on the trimmed edge of the first border strip.