May Tip of the Month

How can it be May already?! Time flies when you are sewing and having fun! But I can’t let the month get away from me before I share a Tip of the Month post. This month we continue to build on the finishing aspects of our quilting. I seem to be going in the reverse order, labels last month, bindings this month? Oh well, par for the course in my life.

So this month, let’s talk bindings! There is so much more to bindings than just a 2.5″ double fold. Let’s explore the many methods we can use to get those tops finished.

But first, here is an excellent way to calculate just how much length you need for your quilt. Binding Calculator

Now, on to the binding methods!

    • Everyday, ho-hum, straight binding. OK, so it’s not really ho-hum, but it is very utilitarian. We’ve all done it, cut your strips at 2.5″ and join them to the length needed. Some people prefer a 2.5″ binding, I prefer to cut mine 2.25″ to create a less wide binding. Here are links to your everyday, mitered corner binding. Making the Binding, Creating less bulk with your Double Fold binding is a great trick explained by Edyta Sitar. 

    • Prairie Point Bindings are so charming, especially on a child’s quilt. It takes a little extra effort, but is so worth it for the visual pizazz.                                 

    • Facings are another way to finish off the edge of your quilt, and are perfect for those pieces that are more artistic or modern. There are several ways to face a quilt as explained in this article, Knife Edge Binding, and shown on this video by Kim Caskey, Facing Tutorial

    • But what about quilts that don’t have a straight edge? How do you bind them? Here is an excellent video on binding alternate edge quilts. Mitered Binding for Different Angles. Also check out Binding Inside Angles for a great video on alternate bindings. 

    • One last thing to consider to make your bindings special is to use scrappy aspects to your binding. Whether you make the entire binding scrappy, or insert 1 small piece of an accent fabric in the binding, it gives the viewer something to discover in your binding. Here’s an excellent video on how to accomplish a multicolor binding, Two Color Binding

So, what’s your favorite binding technique? Share your tips in the comments. 

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