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    Shock cord channels and corners

    I need some help on this - I've searched around quite a bit but couldn't find the kind of instructions that I need. I've finished sewing in the baffles on my first UQ, and I'm left with 3" seam allowances all the way around. I'd like to have a nice neat corner with grosgrain tie-outs and easy access to the shock cord channels (all the way around). I want it to look just like my JRB UQ. But I've studied that and can't figure out how they did it. I would appreciate some clear cut instructions on how to finish this - I have very little experience with the sewing machine - much less with technique.

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    The pics aren't very close up but one shows the shock cord channels to be a different color than the quilt which leads me to assume (might be a bad idea..) that they can be added after the baffles are done.

    If so then the easiest way is to figure out the width you want the channels, add seam allowances (ie 1" wide channel needs 1" x2 plus 1/2 x 2 seam allowance = 3" wide each being the length of each side plus hem allowance.

    Hem the ends of each channel so you've got finished edges where the shock cord is going to come out.

    Fold in the seam allowances on each side of the quilt, then insert the doubled over channel between the two layers and topstitch close to the edge of the quilt.

    If you're having trouble with handling the fabric, run a stitch line down the length of each channel a 1/4" from the cut edge so that the channel stays closed. It will be inside the quilt when you're done so basting stitch is good.

    You're going to have to leave one side open for stuffing the baffles but you could stitch the channel to one side of the quilt on that side and then topstitch again once you've got the baffles filled.

    It's not the production method that a manufacturer would use but it will work for your purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knoxes View Post
    I need some help on this - I've searched around quite a bit but couldn't find the kind of instructions that I need. I've finished sewing in the baffles on my first UQ, and I'm left with 3" seam allowances all the way around. I'd like to have a nice neat corner with grosgrain tie-outs and easy access to the shock cord channels (all the way around). I want it to look just like my JRB UQ. But I've studied that and can't figure out how they did it. I would appreciate some clear cut instructions on how to finish this - I have very little experience with the sewing machine - much less with technique.
    Not sure how JRB does it, but once the shock cord is fed through the channel and cut to size (always add a couple inches), I loop the end of my shock cord and wrap it loosely with some grosgrain.. secure with pins. All hand-stitch work on this area, since it's fussy detail stuff that just ends up as a messy disaster on a machine. Spend about 20 minutes and 35 swear words on each.

    The loop and grosgrain can now be secured to the inside of your channels and, if you're really ambitious, you could loop your tie-outs through these loops.

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    Fold the corners inward about 1"-1.5" to create a chamfer. Stitch the fold down. Now you can create your 1/2" channels and they will be perfectly recessed from one another.

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    Fold the corners inward about 1"-1.5" to create a chamfer. Stitch the fold down. Now you can create your 1/2" channels and they will be perfectly recessed from one another.
    Huh. Just that simple? One corner fold?

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    What Xtrekker said.

    And if you want a Channel end with a little extra strength, sew a 2" piece of 3/4 or 1" grosgain where his 1" marks are. So from front to back, or back to front in his pic.

    When you fold the side over to create the channel, the ends of the channel will then have a nice grosgain end. Very little weight added, for a bit of extra strength.

    One thing I would also add is, sew that 'V' shaped chamfer up tight, on the 1" line he has marked. From out to in or in to out, not on the diagonal (no need). What happened to me was when I went to snake the shockcord in the channel the snake end kept trying to hide up in that chamfer. I got it done, but I had to count to 10 quite a few times.

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    Yeah all I do is fold the corner back after doing a roll hem around the UQ. Then I fold my channels over and stitch them down. This recesses the channels back from each other and makes for a nice clean corner.

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    Here's how I plan to finish mine:

    Fold the corner in diagonally twice. Tuck the end of your grosgrain underneath the fold so the loop points in towards the middle. One line of stitches across the corner to trap it. Fold the grosgrain at the seam edge so it points outwards. More stitches to add strength and pretty it up. Fold each side in twice and stitch the inside edge. Oh, and put a half twist in your loops so that they cannot lie flat. A trick I learned from skipole straps - you can handle the loop more easily in the cold when wearing gloves.

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    beautiful job looks great. perfect example to

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