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Thread: Let's Talk About Binding

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    I have googled, searched here, searched UTube and tried to search Quilterstv with no luck.

    It's been a long time since I made binding and even longer since I sewed it on.

    How do I calculate how many strips I need? 2" strips give me 1 in binding...what about 3" strips, would that work?

    I bet I could make 3 in strips of all the different fabrics in my quilt, sew them together, and have a great multi-color binding....but then what?

    Do I sew it to the front and hand stitch to the back or vice versa? Do I use a 1/4" seam or not? How do I make those corners nice? Is there a tutorial or nifty trick out there somewhere?

    HELP!!!

    Melissa


    EDITED TO ADD: Saw a tute on binding at quilters cache, but I think I just ended up with more questions. How com 3" strips only give you 5/8" binding? What if I want bigger binding than that? Is double fold really necessary?

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    There are many different ways of attaching binding to a quilt. Here is a Youtube video on one method that is done all by machine:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw

    With the above method you sew the binding to the back side of the quilt first, then turn and finish from the front.

    If you plan to finish the binding by hand, you would sew it to the front of the quilt by machine first, then turn and do the hand sewing on the back.

    Mary

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    I made a 38" square wallhanging with a finished 3/4" wide binding. Cut 4" wide strips, fold & press in half wrong sides together, position the raw edges 1/2" FROM THE RAW EDGES of the quilt. Use a 3/4" seam allowance and sew, making sure the edge of the binding stays aligned with the edge of the presser foot. Fold the binding to the wrong side & hand slip stitch to the backing. (The reason you stitch so far from the edge of the quilt is that you want the binding to be "full" of the backing & batting) I'll try & add a picture of the project. Not sure if the binding actually show on it.
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    Melissa, I like your idea of using the different strips of material from your quilt for the binding, bet it will look great. I use 2 1/2 inch strips for my binding.

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    I recommend searching youtube and watching all the various videos they have on how to do binding. See which one makes most sense. Thats what I did. Then I had the video I liked best set up next to my sewing machine and played it, watched it step by step as I made/attached the binding.

    I sew the binding on to the front and then fold it over to the back, pin or wundaweb in place and stitch in the ditch from the front. But I am sure the more experienced ladies on here will tell you the advantages of all the different ways of doing it. There are already some useful threads on here if you do a search! Good luck!

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    Thimblebug, that is such a wonderful Christmas quilt! May I ask if the pattern is available for purchase somewhere?

    Mary

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    Between this tute and a wonderful lady on the board--Reine--I learned to bind! :
    http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/pho...ing/index.html

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    I love using multi coloured scraps from the quilt too, it's a great effect, especially if there are a lot of colours involved.

    I use 2 1/2 inch strips, when you join pieces make sure they're joine on a 45 degree angle (so put the ends at right angles instead of together and sew a 45 degree line).

    And for attaching it to the quilt, I machine the front, and hand stitch the back. Once you get going on the hand stitching it doesn't take too long.

    :-)

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    Prism99, the link for that pattern is here:
    http://www.brandywine-design.com/patterns.htm

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    ADYLDROP:: Thats a great tutorial for binding, am sending it to my niece as its so easy to understand. Thanks, Nancy

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    All the different fabrics is going to look great!!! Can't wait to see it.

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    This is how I do mine. I cut my strips 2-1/2" wide.

    http://gratzindustries.blogspot.com/...ind-quilt.html

    thimblebug, I LOVE snowman quilt!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
    I recommend searching youtube and watching all the various videos they have on how to do binding. See which one makes most sense. Thats what I did. Then I had the video I liked best set up next to my sewing machine and played it, watched it step by step as I made/attached the binding.

    I sew the binding on to the front and then fold it over to the back, pin or wundaweb in place and stitch in the ditch from the front. But I am sure the more experienced ladies on here will tell you the advantages of all the different ways of doing it. There are already some useful threads on here if you do a search! Good luck!
    I searched through UTube before I posted this thread. I must be doing it wrong as it only came up with advertisements. Will keep looking for videos. I like some of the things that was on quilter's cache, but I'm just trying to figure it out in my head now.

    She said to add up the lengths of all four sides plus 12" that adds up to 212 inches.

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    Thimble... what a cute quilt - when do you find the time to make all that you do?

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    I use 2 1/4" inch strips for my binding. Fold in half. Sew with a 1/4" seam. Hand sew to the back.

    I prefer double binding because as the quilt wears (and the edges seem to wear quicker) there is double the protection on the edges. You have to get a sizable hole on the outer layer, to start a hole on the inner layer. And I just find it easier to work with. I'm not having to keep a seam allowance folded under, there's a nice folded edge to work with that isn't going to unfold.

    As far as those corners... I can definitely see the need for a tutorial...
    I sew my binding (for the entire quilt) into one long strip, then do a folding method in the corners to get them to come out nice. The method I use is from Quilter's Complet Guide by Fons and Porter. ISBN 0-8487-1152-1

    This book also has tons of other useful info.

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    I like that tutorial. I'm off to measure and cut my strips!

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    Here is a great sight for binding instructions.
    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/articles.htm

    It realy helped me.

    G



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    binding ON!! I kinda wish I had a practice project, but it'll work. Off to handstitching it on the back!

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    I use 2 1/2 inch strips. Sew to the front with a walking foot using 1/4 in seam. Cut off the batting and backing.

    Iron it open from the front so the seam is showing. I also iron the 1/4 in edge so it lays flat.
    Fold the binding to the back and use Fons and Porter glue stick to hold it on the back over the seam

    then use the stitch in the ditch foot on the front.
    Took me along time and many methods to find this one worked the best for me.

    By the way when you first sew on the binding to the front stitch to 1/4 inch from the corner and use your needle down and turn the quilt and back stitch off the edge. Dont cut your thread just pull your quilt out far enough to fold the binding up. Then continue to sew the binding on. Or you can stitch at an angle toward the point. Either way works good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Prism99, the link for that pattern is here:
    http://www.brandywine-design.com/patterns.htm
    Thank you so much!!!

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    [quote=mpeters1200I searched through UTube before I posted this thread. I must be doing it wrong as it only came up with advertisements. Will keep looking for videos. I like some of the things that was on quilter's cache, but I'm just trying to figure it out in my head now.[/quote]

    I just did a search on youtube for "quilt binding" and came up with tons of tutorials.

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    Prism...that's weird. I'm sure I'm doing it wrong then. Computers need better instruction manuals. I'm sure my 7 year old could figure stuff out faster than I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    Prism...that's weird. I'm sure I'm doing it wrong then. Computers need better instruction manuals. I'm sure my 7 year old could figure stuff out faster than I could.
    Are you sure you're going to http://www.youtube.com ? There's a utube site that is kind of weird. At Youtube, right at the top is a big search window. That's where I typed in: quilt binding

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    I'm such a dork....I went to utube, cause that's what I thought it was.


    TOOO FUNNY!

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    I almost always use my scraps from the quilt to make the binding.

    I use rectangles 4" long and 2" wide and sew them all together. If I don't have enought scraps left then I add something that will go well with the others and fit them in so they look like they belong. Then I iron it in half and sew it by machine on the front of the quilt and by hand on the back.



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