Do you struggle to create binding with perfect angled seams without bulk? The Binding Tool, a product from TQM Products, makes the task easy. We recently featured this handy product in our Hot Stuff column. See our review in the Winter 2011 issue of Quilts and More (available in quilt shops and on newsstands November 8) and get the complete tutorial below.
1. Leave a 12″ opening and 10″ tails when sewing on your binding. We used pins to help mark the opening before stitching.
2. Butt the tool up to the left edge of your binding where the stitching ends. Transfer the marked line onto the binding.
3. Open up the binding and line up the marked line on the tool with the marked line you just made. Using a rotary cutter, trim around the tool.
4. Rotate the tool and butt it up against the right edge of your binding where you stopped stitching. (Note: Do not flip over the tool.) Transfer the marked line as you did in Step 2. Open up the binding, line the tip of the tool on the marked line, then trim with a rotary cutter.
5. Open up the bindings ends and line them up using the pressed line as a guide. Hold the two ends in place with pins.
6. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
7. Press the seam and stitch the binding to your quilt for a smooth-looking edge without any bulk.
What other tips or tools do you use to make binding easier?
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