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nitchals Posted: Sat, Dec 26 2009 4:15 PM

So far the bindings on my projects have been non-existant.  I have sewn the right sides of th back and front fabric together, leaving an opening to turn the piece and then hand stitching the rest closed.  Since our Christmas plans with our family was postponed (too much snow and ice) we ended up heading to a friends for supper.  I was going to quickly make my friend a couple festive potholders with my leftover christmas fabrics as a thank you. 

I watched  a few video's and read my quilting 101 book on binding the project and thought I was ready.  I was wrong... I tried the metered corners and the first side looked right but when I tried to tack it to the other side it looked a bit like a three year old had put it together. 

There is another method in one of my books, but it looks like it involves more cutting, instead of the one strip of fabric.  What do you recommend for a binding method, what are the pro's and con's?

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Re: Binding Strips

this is a post that has some info on binding...hope this helps

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MNnancy replied on Sat, Dec 26 2009 4:20 PM

I'm not very experienced with these things, and I know you'll get some wiser answers later, but when I've made pot-holders, I just cut the backing bigger, press a straight hem in that, roll it over to the front, and machine-stitch it.  In my kitchen, at least, pot holders get replaced every year or two, so I don't need anything labor-intensive.

For quilts, I prefer the double French binding.  I've heard it wears better than a single layer binding.  It does involve the dreaded hand-stitching of the inside edge, though.


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gini replied on Sat, Dec 26 2009 7:12 PM

nitchals.    when you are making the mitred binding that is all in one piece,   follow the directions precisely.    the depth of the seam allowance needs to be the same size of the finished binding.   ie.,   if you have a 1/4 inch finished binding, you need o 1/4 inch seam allowance, to get the mitre to work.    gini

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nitchals replied on Sun, Dec 27 2009 12:08 PM

Helly,

I can't seem to get your link to work.  Suggestions?

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Carol replied on Sun, Dec 27 2009 12:34 PM

I do the same thing MNnancy, with a lot of smaller items. I do love the double French binding and have done it on the machine

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MNnancy replied on Sun, Dec 27 2009 2:17 PM

Carol, I would LOVE to hear more about doing a traditional binding on the machine.  Do you do that extra thin little piping-like piece?  I'm sure I saw an article on that once.  I have to get better at marking interesting articles that I might want to return to.


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Kris replied on Sun, Dec 27 2009 5:43 PM

nitchals:

Helly,

I can't seem to get your link to work.  Suggestions?

Thanks,

Nitchals

Nitchals, try this Binding Strips

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Thea replied on Sun, Dec 27 2009 5:55 PM

Nitchals - I did a pictoral on how to do binding the way i do it - here is a link to it

https://www.quiltersclubofamerica.com/forums/p/2495/29252.aspx#29252

I hope that helps you! 

The first part is how to cut bias binding - I have a nother method where you sew it like a tube - but I only use bias bindings on a curved edge quilt - for a regular quilt I cut strips - either lengthwise or crosswise...

If you are interested in the other way to cut the bias binding strips I think someone put a link to the page that has them.

 

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nitchals replied on Sun, Dec 27 2009 6:22 PM

Awesome, just what I needed!!  I am working on a kennel quilt today, hope to be binding it in a day or two.  Can't wait to try your tips.  I especially love that the pictures have how to roll it over and finish the back side.  So many instructions just include how to sew it on the front.  I have renewed hope.  :)

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Carol replied on Mon, Dec 28 2009 3:28 AM

MNnancy:

Carol, I would LOVE to hear more about doing a traditional binding on the machine.  Do you do that extra thin little piping-like piece?  I'm sure I saw an article on that once.  I have to get better at marking interesting articles that I might want to return to.

MNnancy,

Just read Thea's tutorial and I like her idea of a 3/8" seam. After my binding is stitched to quilt and folded and pressed to the back I stitch in the seam line on the front, being careful on the mitered corners. I have done the piping piece on baby quilts. I usually do the machine binding on kids quilts that are going to get washed a lot

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Pam Schue replied on Mon, Dec 28 2009 6:41 AM

Go to the top of the page and type in "Bindings" in the aearch box.  That wil take you to all disscusions for binding from all the girls. 

 

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Edith replied on Mon, Dec 28 2009 7:21 AM

I too just read Thea's tutoririal. It is the best. Have filed it under my saved files from QCA.

Excelllent tip and explanation Thea!!!!!!!!!!

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Joni replied on Mon, Dec 28 2009 8:28 AM

My favorite binding is making a 2 1/4 inch bias tape, folding in half, iron, being careful not to stretch when ironing/sewing it on. My corners never turn out as nice as pictures so I have started making a nice curve at corners.  Viola!  Beautiful finsh front and back.  I just use a coffee mug and mark, cut with rotary cutter.  Simple and looks great!

BTW. everything I've read about bindings points out that BIAS bindings last longer, can take more abuse and don't fray like other bindings.  I try to always make bias tape with suitable fabric to compliment my quilt.  It has become a source of (OOPS!) PRIDE.  Because of the flexibility of this Bias Tape, I'm looking forward to doing a nice scalloped binding, perhaps on the Baby Girl Disappearing Nine Patch I'm working on...There I go commiting myself again! LOL

 

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