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    In a MESS

    I'm working on a little quilt for a new Great Granddaughter and I don't have enough fabric for the binding. Has anyone ever used Minky for binding? If so, how did it work out? I am at a loss as to the fix on this one. Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can offer.

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    Do you have enough you can splice it together?

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    Can you do a scrappy binding with different fabrics from the quilt top?

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    I don't have enough fabric - I though I would, but when I sewed it together I was about 100" short and that was splicing it many times. I do have minky left tho......

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    I was looking for a video that showed how to make binding out of a at quarter

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    It wouldn't be my first choice, but I see there is a blog posting about just that, maybe it might help you. http://myfeeddogsaredown.blogspot.ca...abric-and.html

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    You probably could use Minky for the binding but I think it would be a challenge because it is so stretchy and slippery. I have never done it. If it was me I would go out and buy a 1/2 yard of any coordinating color fabric---it doesn't have to match exactly to what you used in the quilt. Just find a solid or stripe with your colors and use for the binding. I have seen lots of cute quilts with totally different or contrasting fabric bindings, even like a black and white stripe binding on a color patchwork quilt.
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    You could also use a different fabric than is in the quilt as long as it was compatible. Unless you are trying not to have to go get some.
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    I would be afraid to use minky for binding... but that doesn't mean it will not work. I would probably go buy another 1/2 yard or so. Sorry that probably isn't the answer you wanted

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    I TOO would be afraid of using minky for binding. Have you cut the binding?? Have you looked at flange binding done by machine. It uses a lot less of you main fabric. I have also pieced my double fold binding with a neutral fabric sewn on the inside so it doesn't show.
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    If you go to YouTube Jenny Doan has a tutorial called "Shannon Cuddle Cloth quilts ( cuddle cloth is the same as minkee- they are brand names) and she does a binding with it.
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    Our guild uses minky for backing of hospice quilts. I have quilted several on my Sweet 16 and found it best, after quilting, to cut the minky about 2" beyond the quilt, then turn it up on top and sew it down as a self binding. Did some by machine and some by hand and either way I think it looks really nice that way. Not sure cutting binding from the minky would work as easily. I prefer not to use batting on these as the minky is heavy enough by itself. I think those who are ill might not want quilt to be very heavy. Good luck with your project.
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    I saw a couple quilts done using minky. They put together two pieces of minky, no quilting, then took about a 2" wide strip of minky and using the clips, and rounded corners, sewed binding on one side and then flipped over and sewed the other. It was raw edge. I think they used a fine zigzag. Since minky does not fray, it looked good and could not see stitching. If it bothers you, you could glue the binding on, matching edges on both sides and do a fancy stitch to attach.

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    It would certainly be a challenge to work with. I have some pre-packaged fleece type binding that looks manageable, but I haven't tried it yet.

    Like a previous poster, I have pieced cotton binding horizontally when I just didn't have a wide enough piece. it wasn't for the whole length of the binding. The piecing went on the inside and didn't show at all. I was surprised at how well that worked. Nobody else knew the difference!

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    I personally would not use Minky, I had a friend that had put it on the back of a baby quilt and I helped with the binding (which was out of cotton fabric), and it was a pain. You have to take a much larger bite into the backing to be able to fasten it. That is just my take on it.

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    I never pick a binding until my quilt is finished. Buy something different that goes with the quilt.

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    I've used minky for binding. It is real easy. Cut the strips. I cut the strips with my rotary cutter blade on one side, and with my wave rotary cutter on the other side. I cut the strips 1 1/4 inch wide. Sew the straight edge of the binding to the back of the quilt. Fold it over so the wave cut side is on the front of the machine. Sew it down. Minky doesn't fray. I think it looks nice.

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    Minky is so fussy and messy to work with I can't imagine doing binding with it. I rarely bind my quilts with fabric I've used in the quilt. I use something that compliments and adds some pizzaz to the quilt. Do you have any cotton in your stash that will work?

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    Any fabric that will blend or contrast will work for binding. I don't like cutting Minkee fabric at all. I did it one time and once was enough. It made a big mess to clean up. There are plenty of soft blankets to buy, I'll stick to making fabric quilts.
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    Are you too far along to consider "birthing" the quilt? No binding required.
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    If you want to use minky, I have been told to use an iron on stablizer to keep it from stretching

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    How about strips of fleece (cut with pinking shears) to make the binding from, still soft and looks intentional?
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    You might post a picture of some of the fabric used. Many times I have seen quilters on this board come up with the exact fabric to match that they would part with. Worth a try.

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    Minky will stretch an slide. Why not just use a coordinating fabric for the binding. Pick something that blends with the ret of the quilt.

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