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    Binding cheat

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    Sew them together with 1/4 inch seam to make your 2 and 1/4 inch binding and iron the seam allowance to the scrap fabric. The extra seam will be inside of the binding on the back and you can sew the binding on the front and hand stitch to the back. It will be a little fuller in the binding in the back but if no other binding fabric will do, it will work. Name:  image.jpeg
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    Tartan, thank you! Great tip!

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    thanks for sharing. i've used that save before.
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    Thanks! I could have used this tip when doing the last baby quilt...I managed with a 2" binding but it wasn't fun pinching/holding it all together while I hand stitched it.

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    Great idea! Thanks for the tip.

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    Sew them together with 1/4 inch seam to make your 2 and 1/4 inch binding and iron the seam allowance to the scrap fabric. The extra seam will be inside of the binding on the back and you can sew the binding on the front and hand stitch to the back. It will be a little fuller in the binding in the back but if no other binding fabric will do, it will work. Name:  image.jpeg
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    I believe I have seen this referred to as "Flange Binding".

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    Great idea! Thanks for posting this. I ran into this problem in the past and ended up rummaging thru my stash to find a substitute fabric... not quite as good for the quilt, but at least it was finished. I'm making a note of your suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elnan View Post
    I believe I have seen this referred to as "Flange Binding".
    It could be if the scrap fabric was sewn so it showed on the top. But Tartan is using the other fabric for her 'good' side and the scrap is just extending the width of the fabric,.
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    Thank you Tartan for posting the binding cheat. I am facing this challenge right now.

    I want my binding to be 2 and 1/2 in. double fold. Would it be correct to cut the binding I want at 1 and 3/4 inches?
    and the scrap fabric 1 and 1/4 inches? Thank you again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by copycat View Post
    Thank you Tartan for posting the binding cheat. I am facing this challenge right now.

    I want my binding to be 2 and 1/2 in. double fold. Would it be correct to cut the binding I want at 1 and 3/4 inches?
    and the scrap fabric 1 and 1/4 inches? Thank you again!
    Yes that will work and how do I know? I took a piece of graph paper, cut it to the 1 and 3/4 measurement and another piece at 1 and 1/4 and sewed them together at the machine for 2 and 1/2.

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    Great tip...thanks Tartan. I’ll be sure to try this.
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    Brilliant! I never would have thought of that.

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    great tip to determine width
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    Great tip. Thinking if you want the piping look, these measurements might work also, just fold the opposite way.
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    thanks for the tip. seems I am always running short

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    It could be if the scrap fabric was sewn so it showed on the top. But Tartan is using the other fabric for her 'good' side and the scrap is just extending the width of the fabric,.
    I have done it both ways. If you use the wider fabric of some coordinating fabric, then let it show as a flange. Black, red, white and such works well here.
    But if you have enough of the good fabric to make that 1 1/2 inch, then the 1 1/4 piece can be any trash fabric. It won't show.
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    Thanks for the graph paper idea as well!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Yes that will work and how do I know? I took a piece of graph paper, cut it to the 1 and 3/4 measurement and another piece at 1 and 1/4 and sewed them together at the machine for 2 and 1/2.
    You are full of wonderful tips Tartan! I appreciate your help. I was going to do a test with fabric today but your graph paper test was a better way go.

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    Good reminder. Charisma has a tutorial on here called flange binding. Same idea. Works great
    Alyce

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    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    You are the best Tartan! What a great tip.
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    THanks for showing. I wouldn’t have thought of it.

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    Neat trick! Thanks Tartan. I have had that problem...not enough of my favorite fabric to make the binding. Would never have thought of this solution. I am so glad that you shared it with us.

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    Brilliant!!!!!

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    Yes, I have also used that trick both as a flange and as a 'facing' when I don't have enough preferred fabric and usually have to make a sample to get the orientation right. Your directions were beautifully clear, Tartan. Thank you!
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