Have you ever wondered what to do with the scrap pieces of binding that are leftover once your quilt is bound? Sometimes, they can be quite long, and it seems like such a waste to throw a perfectly ironed bit of binding away. You can always use small pieces for small projects, like our free baby bib pattern, or our Essential Diaper Clutch.
Once you have enough binding scraps saved, pull them out and audition them around whatever you are binding. This will give you an idea of how much you will need and what colors will work. Make sure to have at least 12″ of extra binding. Today, we are binding a test block that we made for an upcoming quilt pattern, using some of our scrap fabrics and a floral fabric in the middle designed by Audrey. We then used it for machine quilting practice at a class we took from Christa Watson of Christa Quilts.
Then, fold the binding back down to line up with the next side of the quilt, leaving that little diagonal fold in there. This is important to have enough fabric for the mitred corner on the front. Starting from the corner, continue sewing around the quilt as before.
Once you get near where you started, stop and back stitch, leaving a gap of a few inches. This is harder on mini quilts, because they are so small. If you are binding a larger quilt, leave yourself a 12″ gap.
All that is left is to fold the binding around to the front and stitch it down. We find that a walking foot can help on this step if you are having trouble. We’ve also heard that an edge stitch foot is great for this step, but we haven’t had a chance to test it out ourselves. Stitch very closely to the edge of the binding.
Today’s post is part of the “Save Our Scraps!” edition of the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop. Visit these other great bloggers for more scrappy ideas:
- Jen @ Faith and Fabric
- Stephanie @ Swoodson Says
- Vicky @ Vicky Myers Creations
- Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework
- Amista @ Hilltop Custom Designs
- Ula @ Lulu & Celeste
- Chris @ made by ChrissieD
- Amanda @ Fabric Engineer
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