5 tips for better binding

Quilt binding tips

Binding may be the last thing we do, but it doesn’t have to be an afterthought. Quilt pro Linda Clements shares easy ways to spice up your binding in issue 32. Here’s a taster of her top tips…

There are many things we love about our resident quilting expert Linda Clements. As well as being a walking encyclopaedia of quilting knowledge, she pens the best quilting illustrations to share her skills, writes our invaluable Essential Guide feature each month and has a fabric stash to die for. After reading her Essential Guide to Getting Creative With Binding we’re resolving to liven up our binding efforts! Grab a copy of issue 32 for the full feature.

1 Use up to your stash!

Binding is a great way to use up scraps. If you’re making multicoloured scrap binding, help it to stand out from your main quilt top design by using darker or contrasting tones of fabrics than those of your main quilt fabrics. Audition the fabrics you think you want to use by laying out scraps together on top of your quilt before you start piecing. You can find Lin’s full instructions for sewing scrappy binding in issue 32

2 Save time and strip-piece

If you’re sewing up scrappy multicoloured binding, speed up your piecing with strip-piecing – here’s how it’s done if you haven’t tried it before

3 One quilt, two sides

If your quilt back is a distinctly different colour to the front, why not try 2-colour binding? It’s basically reversible so you’ll see one colour on the front and one on the back (find out more in issue 32!)

4 Neaten up your corners

Avoid your binding seams occurring at the corners of your quilt to reduce bulk and make neater mitred corners. A good way to do this is do a dummy run and place your binding around the quilt permitter to see where the seams will fall before you start to stitch.

5 Give it a seasonal twist

Give Christmas quilts a delightful finishing touch by strip-piecing candy cane effects with two tones – one lighter and darker (red and white looks especially festive)