October Stitch Along Week 4 - three binding methods

Posted by Ruth on 27 October 2016 | 0 Comments
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Week four of our October Challenge is all about finishing off, but let's try using a binding or method of finishing off that you don't normally use. Sometimes it is fun to step outside the box and give something new a try especially if we have been doing the same for years. It so happens that I have used three different bindings this week that are not my regular kind so thought it would be cool to share these here.

The first binding I made is basically the regular binding using a continuous binding strip (cut on the straight) and stitched on as normal with mitered corners with the exception that it isn't hand stitched on the back. I usually add 1/4" to the width of the binding strip formula for this method and once it is pressed over to the back, I hold it in place with hair clips - the snap kind. I then ditch stitch on the front along the seam. The excess width means that the fold on the back is slightly beyond the seam line thus the ditch stitching catches the binding and holds it neatly in place.

double binding by machine - stitching in the ditch method

double binding by machine - looking at the back

on the back

By the way, here are instructions for my regular double mitered corner binding (click image to open pdf):

The width of the binding strips vary depending on the size you want to make so I have a formula for this.... My formula: (1/4" x 2 for seam allowance plus 1/4" for fold) plus (width of binding x 2). I double this for a double binding.

The second binding I used this week is again similar to my regular binding, but again all made by machine. For this binding rather than stitching the binding to the front and folding it over to the back, I do the opposite. I stitch the binding to the back and fold it over to the front. Again, I can use the hair clips to hold it in place, but this time I edge stitch the binding down. Usually, I used some pins in the corners to ensure they are sitting down well or sometimes I might stitch these down by hand before doing the top stitching.

double binding by machine - reversed and topstitched

The third binding isn't really a binding but uses the facing method where you turn the piece inside out once finished. For this I add the backing fabric after most of the stitching is completed. I lay the backing fabric directly on top of the quilt, right sides together and stitch all around the outside using a 1/4" seam. I make one angled stitch on the corners (learned this technique from my dressmaking skills) so it easier to create nicely shaped corners and leave a 2-3" opening for turning. Once the piece is turned right side out, I fold in the edges along the opening and usually hand stitch them in place (but not always if I'm in a hurry lol) and then edge stitch right around the quilt. This method is what I used for this taggy I made for my granddaughter.

taggy faced and turned - then topstitched close to edge

Are any of these your regular method of binding? If not, how about giving one a try. 


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