Binding a Ring Frame

You will need:

  • A ring frame wide enough to fit the embroidery design without it sitting too close to the frame as it is harder to stitch near the edge. We find that a border of at least 4cm (1.5") between the design and the frame works well.
  • Sewing thread
  • Cotton bias binding or a 2.5cm (1") wide strip of fine calico cut on the bias

Before you start
Open the bias binding and iron flat. If you are using a strip of fabric, iron out any creases.

Binding the frame

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2 rings separated

Step 1

Separate the 2 rings. If you are binding the outer ring, start the binding to one side of the screw. The inner ring can be started anywhere.

start of binding

Step 2

Begin the binding by wrapping the fabric round the frame twice and securing with a few stitches. Carry on binding the frame.

securing binding with some stitches

Step 3

When you reach the other side of the screw (or the start of the binding on the inner frame), trim off excess fabric and secure with a few stitches.


  • Binding either frame will help to keep the tension on the fabric as you work. Binding the outer one also gives you somewhere to stick in spare needles and pins until you need them.
  • Use a screwdriver to tighten the top frame for a better grip on the fabric.
  • Add a sheet of tissue paper on top of the design when you first frame up. Tear out a piece roughly the shape of your design. This leaves tissue covering the outer edges of the fabric to keep it clean.
  • At the end of a sewing session, loosen the outer ring or remove the fabric completely to avoid stretch marks at the end of the project.