Thursday 21 April 2016

A New Binding Trick...

Well it’s new to me anyway! Having spent years snipping the ends off my binding, feeding them into each other and sewing them down, I’ve never bothered with any other method –it worked fine, so why fix it?!

However… on one of my many perusals through Pinterest I came across this method which made me stop and think. Whenever I have seen ways for sewing the binding ends together before sewing them down, they’ve always demanded leaving so many inches of spare binding, I’ve never seen the point, just call me tight! I even bought a ‘smart’ ruler thing at QuiltCon last year... I used it once! Anyway, Vicki over on Sew Inspired shared her method, which does not require acres of spare fabric, and works like a dream!

So share and share alike, I’ve added a quick tutorial using this method my to collection, I’m not poo-pooing my old way at all, this still features in my Beginner’s Quilt series, but I’ve added a link if you would rather try this method instead.

Talking of quilt kits, we have a new version of our pre-cut Beginner’s Quilt kit which features the gorgeous Fablewood collection from Dashwood Studios. This colour scheme is so fresh and summery, I think it would look so sweet on a little girl’s bed. I am aware that these kits seem to be very girly-orientated at the moment, I am working on that!

I’ve also been wondering whether calling these kits “Beginner’s Quilts” may be putting some quilters off… having just made yet another version for this new kit, I have to say I really enjoyed making such an quick and easy quilt, especially in such gorgeous fabrics!  So for more experienced quilters, these kits also make great weekend projects, or even emergency gifts for early arrivals!

If you are local to the North Yorkshire/Teesside area, we'll be at The Rainbow Plant Centre's Vintage & Craft Fair, Stokesley Road, Nunthorpe, this Sunday (24th April) 10-3pm - why not pop along and see what our local community has to offer!

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  1. Great tutorial Louisa, it doesn't matter how long we have been quilting, there is always new methods to learn. I recently got a binding tool free with a magazine, although I messed up the first time it was actually great (and especially as it was free). That's a very good series of tutorials for new quilters, everything together making a great resource. If you are invested in my experience with the binding tool here is the link
    With smiles

    1. Hi Kate, thank you so much for your kind words, its always great to have feedback from my tutorials, especially good feedback :) My intention is to get the world addicted to fabric, one quilter at a time! Thanks for the tip about that gadget, its similar to the one I had from the US, just smaller, so it probably makes more sense, I shall check out the vid. Lou x

  2. I use to do binding just like you do. My sister sent me a binding ruler one year and I have never looked back. The exact same method as the one you found! I hear you about the waste, but the effect is nearly always perfect!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial, Louisa. I love those quilt kits and this new one is no exception. Such pretty fabrics! Maybe you could call the "Quick Quilt Kits"?

    1. Oh Lorna, that is such a great idea, thank you so much!! Nice bit of alliteration too!! I will have a play with my packaging designs and see what I come up with! :)


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