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Thread: Using 2 colors in binding

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    Hi, I am sure someone can answer this for me.
    I want to make some placemats, but use 2 different colors in the binding.... one color for each side. Can anyone tell me what size to cut the strips to sew together? Also, do you use the 1/4" seam or a little bigger? I am not looking to do a real wide binding, just enough to finish them off nicely.
    Spring starts tomorrow and I have to get these done. My husband pointed at the snowmen placemats currently on our table and said "time to think spring, dear" - :)

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    3/4 an in. ea. should do it.

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    If you want your binding to be 2", cut two strips at 1 1/4"
    each, sew together, press in half and sew on as normal.

    sound right??? Hope so.

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    I will follow this thread, thanks looks interesting for 2 colors for binding

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    Does anyone have any pics of 2 colors for binding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    If you want your binding to be 2", cut two strips at 1 1/4"
    each, sew together, press in half and sew on as normal.

    sound right??? Hope so.
    This what I thought at first, but in my mind, doing it this way, I see one color ending up Under the other. Now I am thinking I need to seam them and fold under each color and attach with a top stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S D G
    3/4 an in. ea. should do it.
    Thanks, SDG - would you use 1/4" to seam the colors together or a bit larger to help it lay better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    This is really cool, will try it sometime! thanks.. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    If you want your binding to be 2", cut two strips at 1 1/4"
    each, sew together, press in half and sew on as normal.

    sound right??? Hope so.
    This what I thought at first, but in my mind, doing it this way, I see one color ending up Under the other. Now I am thinking I need to seam them and fold under each color and attach with a top stitch.
    True. I think one color would be cut at 3/4" and the other one cut at 1 1/4". You will have to visually check to make sure that the correct side is up. I would recommend pin a small length and turn it just to make sure. My only concern will be the thickness of the binding by having the extra seam. Let us know how it goes. Good luck!

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    See if this helps you. Never used, just had it saved for some reason :mrgreen:

    http://scrapsbystephanie.blogspot.co...-tutorial.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    If you want your binding to be 2", cut two strips at 1 1/4"
    each, sew together, press in half and sew on as normal.
    sound right??? Hope so.
    Wrong.

    For regular 1/4" binding (where you would normally cut 2" wide strips), you cut the front side binding 3/4" and the back binding 1 3/4".
    Sew them together, fold in half and then sew to the front as you normally would.

    You might want to make the strips a smidgen wider. The best thing to do is just to take 2 strips with those measurements and sew a sample so you can see how it folds, and which side of the binding is displayed on which side of the quilt.

    This method is from Judy Turner's "Awash with Color" book from a gazillions years ago. And I"m doing it from memory because the book is another state right now. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi
    See if this helps you. Never used, just had it saved for some reason :mrgreen:

    http://scrapsbystephanie.blogspot.co...-tutorial.html
    I plan on trying this with a wallquilt I have to bind.

    :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi
    See if this helps you. Never used, just had it saved for some reason :mrgreen:

    http://scrapsbystephanie.blogspot.co...-tutorial.html
    Yep! this is what I was looking for! Thank you!!!! :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    I love the look of the faux piping!
    thanks for sharing the link.

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