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Thread: Info on how to bind using backing fabric

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    Hi - I don't know what this is called, so I'm having trouble searching for any How-To info on it. I have a wall-hanging that I'd love to fold the backing fabric to the front to make a binding that looks like a picture-frame around it. I don't want to use a separate fabric for binding, and I don't have any of the backing fabric left, but do have a generous amount on all sides. Does this make sense, and if so, does anyone have info or know where to point me?

    Thanks so much for your assistance.

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    I haven't actually done this technique, but it seems to me that you will fold under by 1" so you have double fabric as usual and of course you will have to trim it back so that when it is folded over to the front it is the size of binding that you prefer. I have just done the reverse binding technique on a placemat, where you fix binding to the back then bring it forward, you can use a decorative stitch or monofilament thread to machine sew it down....does that help lol :roll:

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    It's known as mock binding or self binding and here's a couple of links showing you how to do it.
    http://www.fabriclandwest.com/quilte...nding_mock.htm
    http://how-to-quilt.com/cms/index.ph...=143&Itemid=39

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    Thanks Izy and AuntLuc! The sites referenced are just what I needed. I NEVER would have thought to search on "mock binding" but I guess that's just what it is. :lol: It should make a nice frame for my self-portrait, but I don't think I'd want to use it on an actual quilt.

    2Wheel

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    You're welcome 2wheelwoman...I like to have a double thickness of binding on my quilts also but it should work ok for a wall hanging.

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    it works quite well on regular quilts, too. if you are a "double-binder", just leave enough extra backing to be able to fold double. tooooooo easy. :-)

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    Because I'm horrible at binding, I often use this method. I didn't realize it had such a fancy name of mock binding. I call it hemming. Like clothes. I pull it to the front, fold it over, and sew. I like having the freedom to choose if I want the hem to be really skinny like binding, or up to 3 inches to really "frame" my project.

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    Cool! I'll have to try this since I'm not so good with traditional binding. It looks much easier.

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    It's so good to see this discussion. I was talking about it to a shop owner in Las Vegas, and she literally sniffed with disdain. My little quilts (I will rarely make big ones) will be for wall hangings and lap quilts, and I have no qualms about doing this kind of binding. Also, I plan to do a lot of tie-quilting - both with and without buttons. I don't want to do my own machine quilting, and definitely don't want to always pay the high prices for someone else to do it. I will if it's a really nice quilt meant for a bed, but that won't happen much. Call me stingy!

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    great question. The site is great. Was wondering how to do the corners.
    my aunt has a lot of her mothers quilts hich she uses and they are all done this way. Seems to have held up as she`ll be 90 in March!
    Gale

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