Tips for Learning to Make Quilt Binding

In one of my other blogs, I had given some excellent tips on how to finish your UFOs by learning to make quilt binding. Use a sharp rotary blade, 100% cotton thread, and press your binding properly. These are the initial steps to learning to make quilt binding successfully.

Here are a few other guaranteed practices that lead to quality quilt binding.

Once you are ready to sew the quilt binding, place the binding on your lap.  Allowing the binding to hang off the edge of the sewing machine table may cause it to stretch.

Avoid beginning or ending your quilt binding in the exact center of the quilt.   Every time you fold the quilt it will weaken the quilt binding in this spot.  The same would be true for other locations on the binding where folds are possible.

Handmade baby quilt, quilt block

If the seams where the quilt binding strips are joined have bumps or are lumpy, the problem may come from your iron.  You want to make sure you have flat seams when you make quilt binding.    Sewing evenly when you attach a bumpy binding can be very difficult, so take time to press binding flat.

Here is a colorful idea.  When you are sewing quilt binding to the front of your quilt, use a bobbin thread that has a slightly different color.  This will allow you to see your stitching line when you pin the binding in place.

Look at your local pharmacy for hair clips if you are having difficult finding quilt binding clips.  Many of these have the same spring action and the snap-shut feature and work well as a substitute for the real quilt binding clips.

Putting these few simple tips to good use will put the finish touch to the already beautiful handmade quilt that you have spent your precious time to complete.

Now let’s finish your UFO (unfinished projects), today, with these new tips on learning how to make quilt binding.

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