Hi quilters! I'm Sandie from crazy'boutquilts and my blog name pretty much tells you all you need to know about me. lol :-) I made my first quilt 20+ years ago, then sewed mostly clothing while our children were growing up. I got back into quilting approx 8 years ago and haven't looked back. I love quilts! And anything to do with them.;-) My original goal was a quilt for every bed, now I'm working on another round. ;-)
I have been binding things like 'crazy' lately and thought you might like to see how I sew my bindings. I know there are a number of ways to do this, but I like to try to do my best all the way to that last stitch, and I think I've hit upon a few tips for you. You've probably seen the little tutorials in magazines for binding and how they fold and tuck the ends together. If you've tried it, you may have been as unimpressed as I was... I did not like the ensuing bump or lump in my binding! I like it when no one can tell where the binding was joined from where the fabric strips were joined. ;-)
I cut all my bindings, (no matter what I'm binding) the same width, so I can keep the scraps for a future project. When I have enough scrap strips~ or close to enough, I sew them together. Maybe you have a favorite width you cut yours~ please tell me! I'm always curious. :-) I sew the strips together on the diagonal. Trim off the little triangles. And press the seams open. I usually make my stitch length smaller for this part.
|Strips sewn together|
|and pressed open|
|sewing the diagonal helps when stitching the binding down|
|and it helps when folding up and back ;-)|
|start again on the edge|
|pin the direction you will stitch|
|I finger press, but you could press it with your iron too|
|finish stitching down|
|the polka dot fabric is not attached, I just slipped it behind so you could see the corner better|
|another finished scrappy binding :-)|
I hope I've helped you to get lump-free bindings. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Good luck and happy quilting! :-) I appreciate the time you took to be with me, and thanks Stash Manicure, I enjoyed sharing with you.