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    Help: Binding without binding tool

    Hello quilting world!

    Im very new to this, trying to finish my second, but technically first, quilt. I've been following the baby quilt tutorial videos by Jenny and they have helped immensely. So thank you very much Jenny!!!

    But, I have a problem. I don't have a binding tool...

    How do you finish the binding without the tool?

    Thank you!

    #2
    Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

    Oh boy sounds like you need a tutorial on how to make and sew binding. I don't have a tut for that.
    I use a certain size square to make my binding - the size depends on how much binding you need and how wide you want your binding. Then you cut the square in half diagionally, sew the triangles together on the base edge - etc. etc. Really no sense in trying to describe it without 'showing' you and since I don't DO tut's, I'm of no help.
    But I can suggest that you type in how to make and sew binding in Google and I'm sure lots of sites will come up that you can watch something on someone's blog. I know some who cut the fabric strips diagionally on the fabric and then sew those strips together to make a continous binding and sew it on.
    Maybe that will help.

    Hugs,
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      #3
      Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

      I don't have the tool either, so I don't do a continuous binding - I bind two sides (say the top and bottom) and then the next two sides, 1 at a time. Doesn't look as pretty as Jenny's with the binding tool, but looks okay, and until I get the binding tool it'll do :-).
      There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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        #4
        Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

        there are some good tutorials out there to help you.You don't need a binding tool to get a nice finish, it just makes it easier.
        http://www.pir8.freeservers.com/quil...ding/index.htm This is a good one with pictures to help you along.
        “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

        ― Albert Pine

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          #5
          Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

          Jenny does one tutorial on binding where she doesn't use a binding tool. Look for the binding tutorial that goes with finishing your quilt. It's in the beginner section of the tutorials. Hope this helps.
          Home, where each lives for the others and all live for God! ><(((((o>

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            #6
            Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

            There are LOTS of tuts on youtube too
            If at first you DO succeed, try not to look so surprised.

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              #7
              Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

              Thank you all so much for the help! I guess I totally missed the tutorial Jenny had on bindings. I have the binding on now and am ready to flip over and sew!

              Again, thank you all!!!

              Happy Quilting!

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                #8
                Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

                Originally posted by quiltingtrish View Post
                I know some who cut the fabric strips diagionally on the fabric and then sew those strips together to make a continous binding and sew it on.
                When I was MUCH younger - say 4-H age a few years back - I was taught something similar to this BUT you made a tube from the fabric where you would place salvage to salvage and off-set it at 45 degrees. The fabric has to be squared up on cut edges first . . . there has to be some ratio on how much, but you 'slip' one salvage down 45 degrees and stitch salvage to salvage. Gee, that's really difficult to try to explain. Anyway, once that is done you select the width you want your binding and cut in a spiral around the tube at 45 degrees. You wind up with a VERY long piece of binding - depending on the yardage you started with. Anyway, your comment above made me remember this. I'll have to see if I can get some decent pictures and show how it is done - or maybe there's a tutorial out here in cyberspace that I can zero in on. It is a great way to cut binding though . . .

                Similar to this site although they don't have any pictures: http://www.ehow.com/how_4772708_bias...-easy-way.html
                Last edited by Sandy Navas; January 22, 2011, 07:46 PM.
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                it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

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                  #9
                  Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

                  I'm new to binding myself (only 5 quilts done with binding now), and I learned how by watching videos on You Tube. I went through a number of them and many women had these tools that I didn't, so I kept watching. I ended up following the one that an amazing young quilter 'Leah Day' did. There is no tools (other then pinning), very much like the picture tutorial posted earlier. It works. I find that I should keep using a patterned binding because the one quilt I did with black binding really confused me as I kept getting the right sides mixed up. I did NOT cut my fabric though like in the pictured tutorial until I knew my seam was correct and sewn properly. I'd hate to cut my fabric and find out it was done wrong and then off comes the entire binding!

                  Hope this helps - You tube is awesome - that is how I happened upon MS!

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                    #10
                    Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

                    I don't use continuous bias binding unless I need it to curve....so I just do strips sewn together at an angle ...I believe that Jenny has a tutorial in the quilting basics area..

                    http://www.youtube.com/v/INh6sVKJRrA?autoplay=1
                    Michele

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                      #11
                      Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

                      I cut 2 1/2" strips from WOF to get my biindings. I rarely need bias, my quilts are usually square or rectangle. I baste the ends tog. before I cut simply because even through I KNOW how to do it i sometimes turn the strip the wrong way. I would rather find my error before I cut!
                      “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

                      ― Albert Pine

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                        #12
                        Re: Help: Binding without binding tool

                        I don't have a binding tool but I do the continuous binding. I just over lap the last 6 inches or so and sew them down using the blind stitch. When I get to the last inch, I fold the raw edge under so it doesn't fray, finished tacking it down with the blind stitch, then finish the folded under part with a blind stitch so it can't get caught on things. I don't know how "proper" that is. I just kinda figured it out myself when I was finishing my first quilt. I couldn't find anything that showed me how to finish it up.

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