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    What would you do?

    I made a boo boo. I cut some backing for my DH's quilt a few years ago and am finally trying to finish it for him for Christmas. Here comes the boo boo: I wanted to use the backing for binding but need at least 1 inch all the way around. I have less than that at the top right corner. What would you do?

    Basically, I wanted to "self-bind" the binding and instead of using binding strips and just use that back instead. At least, I think its called self-binding. That is what I found on Youtube.

    Thanks!
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    I would give up on self binding and find another fabric to bind it with, using the backing for the back still.
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    I feel the pain you are having. Do you have any scraps left over? Can you piece it? I've found that nobody notices little things like this if it is done neatly. You are the only one that will know that it's not perfect. And, your quilt will be loved and appreciated on chilly days and nights ahead.

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    I would do as SillySusan suggests. I was self-binding a quilt that had one area where the back was about 1 inch too small. I had a strip long & wide enough that I sewed it in the gap & completed the binding. It’s not noticeable in the finished quilt.

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    I would use another compatible fabric to do the binding. Not sure what self binding is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SillySusan View Post
    I feel the pain you are having. Do you have any scraps left over? Can you piece it? I've found that nobody notices little things like this if it is done neatly. You are the only one that will know that it's not perfect. And, your quilt will be loved and appreciated on chilly days and nights ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conchalea View Post
    I would do as SillySusan suggests. I was self-binding a quilt that had one area where the back was about 1 inch too small. I had a strip long & wide enough that I sewed it in the gap & completed the binding. It’s not noticeable in the finished quilt.
    This would be my suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homespun View Post
    This would be my suggestion.
    Me too. No one will ever notice.
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    Do as Sillysusan suggests, he will be so happy with his quilt that little adjustments will never be noticed.

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    I’ve added in a strip before and nobody noticed, if you can that’s my suggestion

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    Depends how much less you have in the one corner. If it is too skimpy you might be causing yourself more frustration than you would if you just bound it with a different fabric and not do the self binding. I wouldn't attempt it if you only have 1/2" extra to fold over to encase the raw edge and bring around to the front, especially if you used a high loft batting. If you have 3/4" of an inch it is fussy but doable.

    Edited to add, don't forget that the actual quilting process draws things in a bit as well. You don't mention if the quilt is already quilted or not. If it isn't quilted, then you can do as others suggested and simply sew on an extra bit of the same fabric if you still have some and if not, a different complimentary fabric to get it up to size.
    Last edited by feline fanatic; 12-09-2018 at 10:40 AM.

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    or patch in a contrasting piece that you might consider an "accent" - make it obvious so it looks " intentional"

    without seeing what you are doing, this suggestion is only semi serious.

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    I haven't read all the replies but here's something I've done and it looked great.
    I took fabrics from the quilt and sewed them together to make a binding. It looks awesome!
    Whatever you do good luck. I'm sure he will love it. You do such nice work.

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    I would finish it with traditional binding or even a flange binding. This is a perfect opportunity to play with binding techniques. That boo-boo would haunt me forever if I tried to patch it in. I know myself well. LOL!

    Remember, you asked what we would do. Do whatever makes you happy with your quilt. Your DH is going to love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    I would give up on self binding and find another fabric to bind it with, using the backing for the back still.
    This is what I would do. I find self binding is more trouble than just making a separate binding.
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    If the backing fabric is a "must" for binding, could you cut widths for binding and add a coordinating strip to the center of the backing?

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    Just add some of the same fabric - I've done this and it's only noticeable if one knows it's there. Good luck!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    It depends on what you want for your finished result. Self-binding never seems to look as neat as regular binding. I was going to do that and after the fuss of folding over the fabric and trying to get it to perfectly match on all sides, I decided to use regular binding. However, it may be best for your project.

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    Thanks to all who replied! I did end up sewing a bit onto the shorter side and it worked! Thanks again!
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