4 Tips for Binding
Welcome to another video in our Quiltmas series brought to you by Northcott! Each week, we'll be sharing quilting tips or fun holiday projects. In this video, Beth shares 4 tips for binding your quilt. The snowflake and tree fabric are from the Hit the Slopes collection from Northcott. See the line here. Find Coats & Clark 100% cotton hand quilting thread here. The hand quilting thread is also available in a poly/cotton blend, click here to view details. Find more tips for binding here. Instructions on how to prep binding can be found here.
- To get an idea of how your binding fabric will look once it’s cut and sewn to a quilt, cut a ½”-long slit in a square of cardstock to make a viewing window. Hold the slit over the fabric and look through it to see what the design will look like. Small print designs, solids, or an allover print like a stripe work best for binding, while large-scale or directional prints might look strange once sewn to the quilt.
- Prep your binding at the same time you’re piecing the quilt top. This helps you avoid accidentally using the binding fabric for another project, and means that as soon as you’re done quilting, you don’t need to spend extra time prepping the binding before you can finish! Store binding around a paper towel or toilet paper roll to keep it wrinkle free. You can even write the name of the project right on the roll.
- If you’re binding your quilt completely by machine, consider holding the binding in place with wonder clips or little dots of washable glue like Elmers. This frees up your hands for sewing, while making sure your binding stays exactly where it needs to be for a straight stitch and nice finished look.
- If you’re binding by hand, try using hand quilting thread, which is a coated thread. Because it’s coated, it doesn’t tangle. You can usually cut a length of about three feet of hand quilting thread when binding. That means less time tying knots, burying threads, and untangling thread. The coated hand quilting thread also glides through the fabric so easily. It’s thicker than piecing thread, so you can tug and pull it without any breakage.