Making the Sails
3/4 oz. nylon
Do your graphic design (or applique on a letter) before cutting
your sail pieces to size per the sketch. This is the finish size of the
kites. You will bind the edges with black strips instead of folding
them in for a hem. Sail edges do not need to be hot cut.
Use a true "white" fabric for making kites with letters and
numbers. The "natural" sold by North Cloth as white looks like dirty
laundry beside a white from Texlon or Baimbridge.
Hot cut 3/4" wide strips of 3/4oz. black nylon for edge
binding. Fold them in half & crease them to give a 3/8" wide black
border on the sails. Cut lengths an inch or so longer than the sides of
the sail, Slip fold over the sail edges & sew them on using
whatever stitch you like. We use the triple zigzag, but straight stitch
works fine too. If you are not comfortable about keeping the sail
pushed tight inside the folded binding while sewing, draw pencil lines
on the sail 3/8" in from the edges so you can see that binding is going
Trim the excess end of the binding with scissors where you put
the next piece over it, & hot cut the final overhanging ends after
all four sides are on.