Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Easy Steps to Join Binding Strips

Have you watched, and tried my mom's amazing binding technique? Whether you love or dislike (maybe dislike a lot) sewing the binding onto your finished quilt, my mom's technique is life changing. My favorite part is the simple way she joins the strips of binding. In essence, the technique she uses is a simple version of Paperless Paper Piecing. Her method is fast, easy, and accurate. You don't have to fuss with cutting the ends at a perfect angle and you won't need a single pin. Amazing, right?!

Here are the basic steps to join the strips together:

1. Fold one end of a strip over at a 45* angle (or as close to it as you can). Press to make a nice, sharp crease.
2. Draw a fine line of glue close to the folded edge.
3. Line up the next strip with the first. The second strip should be parallel to and overlap the first strip.
4. Heat set with a dry, hot iron.
5. Open the crease to expose the sewing line. 
6. Sew right on the crease.
7. Pull apart the flaps of fabric to release the glue. Do this just like you would if you're opening a stick of string cheese, or a band-aid.
8. Trim the seam allowance to about a 1/4".
9. Press the seam open.

That's it! Easy peasy!! I hope this helps you make your binding better than ever. Please feel free to share this on your Facebook page, Instagram account and on Pinterest. 

Here's the full video of my mom's binding technique:


Enjoy and Happy Stitchin'!!
~Cristy  

6 comments:

  1. Where do you get the tip for the glue bottle?

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  2. Linda, you can buy them in my shop.

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  3. Those tips are a great deal for the price. Priceless when you use them!

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  4. I have those tips and love them!! I'm a pin free piecer and it's great!

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  5. Thank you SO much for posting this. I have watched the whole of Sharon's video and wrote myself notes of how to join binding but I am so pleased to be able to Pin this and have a quick reference forever! It is such a marvellous foolproof way to join binding, no more "just off" bits.

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  6. oh that first tip about joining the binding strips together is amazing - thanks so much !! of course I'm sure the rest will be great as well but I just had to comment on that as soon as I saw it !!

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