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Sewing Binding Strips

Binding your quilt? You’re almost done! Then again, it’s not done. There’s still plenty of stitching pleasure are still ahead. (Don’t want to deal with binding? Laurena’s Longarm offers complete binding services).

For most of the quilts we bind, we cut 2.5″ strips on the grain, joining the strips on the bias.
One quilter at our studio shared her favorite way to remember which way to sew the bias strips with Gwen. which she called the pants method. bindingsew

  • Pretend your binding strips are a pair of trousers.
  • Sew the strips across the “waistband” of the pants.
  • Remember no one want the crotch of their trousers sewn in half!

You can stack a pile of “trousers” and chain sew the strips together. Trim off the excess fabric, set the seam and press the binding strips in half.

The Crafty Gemini  offers a slew of video tutorials and Alanna thought this one was a good introduction to binding your quilt.

Everyone has their binding tricks and trips. Do you have any favorite ways that makes sewing binding strips easier for you?

2 thoughts on “Sewing Binding Strips

  1. I’m so amazed. I’ve binded 16 quilts and had to rethink the method of continuouse binding strips each time I added another strip. How easy is the pants-viewing method. I just never thought of it! Thanks so much.

  2. Oh Ashley your quilt is awesome! Great job! We miss you over at Quilt With Us in the Red, White and Blue Swap group. We’ve taken a smmeur hiatus, but starting in Sept. we’ll be starting a brand new swap. If you feel so inclined and have the time and energy to spare, we’d love to have you back with us. I’ll be sending out private messages to all the gals in the group as to when we’ll start and ask if anyone needs to opt out this time around. Hope you will respond to my message one way or another.Regards,Sandy

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