Perhaps you’ve already heard the ‘thud’ of the new issue arriving through the letter box, or reached for it on the supermarket shelves and noticed issue 29 has not one but TWO gifts! One of which is our favourite tool for expertly finishing quilts; the 2-in-1 Binding Tool. You can get your hands on one in our online store. But how to use it? Read on to see just how simple it is…
As all us quilters know, how to bind a quilt is one of the most useful skills we have in our repertoire! Whether you’ve been binding quilts for years or you’re still learning the ropes, this handy tool is a great addition to your sewing kit.
How to use our 2-in-1 Binding Tool
First, let’s assemble our supplies. You’ll need your finished quilt top and ready-made binding, a marking tool, rotary cutter or scissors, some binding clips or pins and, of course, your binding tool.
Step one: Pin or clip your binding along the first edge. Use the markers on the edges of the tool, either the 1⁄4in or the 1⁄2in depending on the width of your binding, to mark where you will stop sewing for perfect mitred corners. Simply slot the quilt sandwich corner into the cutout and mark where it comes to on the quilt. If your quilt is particularly thick, you can also lay the tool at the corner as shown.
Step two: Attach your binding, stopping at your marked dot in each corner. Leave a 121⁄2in unstitched gap between the start and end of your binding and 8in tails at each end.
Step three: Place the short flat edge under the binding on one side touching the end of the stitching (edge A aligned with the quilt edge) and mark on the line.
Step four: Unfold the binding and line up the mark on your tool with the mark on the binding. Trim the end of the binding around the end of the tool.
Step five: Rotate the tool so that Edge B is aligned with the quilt edge and the short flat edge is touching the stitching on the other side. Mark the other binding tail.
Step six: Unfold the binding and line up the mark line with the mark as before. Trim the end of the binding.
Step seven: Align the two angled ends right sides together, pin or clip, then sew together with a 1⁄4in seam.
Step eight: Refold the binding, pin or clip to the quilt sandwich and stitch in place overlapping the stitches of the previous seam.
Step nine: Fold your binding over to the other side of the quilt and pin or clip in place. Your will see your corners are perfectly mitred. Stitch in place to complete your binding.
More tips and tricks for better binding
- If your quilt has curved edges or corners be sure to cut your binding strips on the bias.
- Striped fabrics are often a great choice for binding. Cut these strips at right angles to the fabric stripe, or cut these along the bias for a candy-striped effect.
- Scrappy binding is a great way to use up leftover fabrics from a project. Cut assorted lengths of fabric your desired width from a range of fabrics and stitch them together into one length.
- Avoid having binding strip seams fall in the corners of the quilt as these will be tricky to fold into mitred corners. This can be estimated by roughly lying the binding strip around the perimeter of the quilt.
- Rolling up your binding helps keep the tails under control while attaching it to your quilt. If you have a quilting table with legs, these can be used to wrap your binding length around for easy unravelling.