Desperate times…

… for desperate measures!

I just couldn’t live with my attempt at machine binding on this yesterday. Here’s a reminder of the yuckiness.

I was not going to pick stitches on this so I just cut the binding off.

I appreciate everyone’s suggestions for improving my binding on these little bits! And they helped! Thank you all! I think I tried everything on these mug rugs and found what worked and didn’t work for me.

Jayne mentioned that Crazy Mom Quilts has a tutorial for binding small things here. I tried that first. But I didn’t do a good enough job of pinning or something and ended up adjusting the end. See how there was too much fullness? I think I was afraid of cutting it too close!

After adjusting and finishing, this is how it turned out.

Smaller than when I started but this is so much better! As Janet suggested, the next one I sewed first and figured out the length at the end like I normally do on a big quilt. This is so much easier when using a single layer of binding fabric! I cut my strips at 1 1/4 inch wide per her suggestion.  Gina suggested pressing the hem under on the back before hand stitching. This was a great tip as well.


Not perfect but better than the last one!

In case you are interested, this is how I figure out where to sew the ends together.IMG_9113

I line up the ends and press a fold, then use that fold as a sewing guide. And yes, I know you are supposed to sew binding strips together on a diagonal. But I don’t. I do press the seams open. The quilt police haven’t hauled me off yet.

If you want to see some adorable mug rugs, check out these made by Gina at Quilts and Cakes. And you have to see the mini mini quilts Jayne made at Twiggy and Opal.

Thanks again for all the help everyone offered! I am feeling much better about my bindings on these small pieces now. Have a lovely Saturday!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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5 Responses to Desperate times…

  1. Gina says:

    Glad I could help and that you could make sense of what I was trying to explain xx

  2. Janet O. says:

    Well, it was worth the effort if you are happier with it than you were before. I say that is always time well spent. : )

  3. Quiltmouse says:

    It’s a learning experience! Binding on a small project can be frustrating. I usually use single fold rather than double fold (cut 1-1/4″). I sometimes stitch my binding straight and sometimes on the diagonal – depends on my mood and amount of fabric I have. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I found this very helpful. And I have cut off binding on a quilt before. Much better than unpicking if you don’t mind a smaller size.

  5. I don’t sew my bindings together on a bias either. I do it exactly as you showed.

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