Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More Non-Binding Tricks!

Do you ever find yourself making 3 right hand turns just to avoid one to the left?!
As I was pondering what binding to use on this quilt I held a 2" strip of dark green flannel next to the outer border and thought that looked pretty good.  But how to make the binding turn into a 2" border when I did not have enough of the flannel to go around twice, and, well the quilt was already quilted?!  Never one to be stuck by technicalities I cut strips of blue flannel  3/4" wider sewed them to the green strips and did this little quick turn maneuver.
You can see the side border is already sewn on and the bottom border has been sewn so it can be folded back to front.  The edge of the green strip has been pre-pressed.
With right sides together, the green strip is positioned a little beyond the initial seam and trimmed to make a quick turn corner.
With the strips turned right sides out I measured and pinned the strip into place.
Making sure the folded edge covers the initial seam.

I used the lazy S stitch on my Bernina to sew the folded edge down;  kinda decorative and sure to catch the edge and secure it.  Then another line of stitching to hold the strips together.  I debated about putting a strip of batting in but thought the flannel was bulky enough. I also stitched in the ditch where the blue meets the green seam which gave it a look like piping.
Here's what it looks like on the back.
So from this...
To this...
I think the green really adds to the quilt (and another hand sewn binding is averted, tee hee!)
See what I mean about 3 right turns?
Cheers, Claire W.


  1. That's really ingenious! I'll have to remember that one:-)

  2. that looks like a neat rick - but you really need to have a quilt where you can add an outer border ... I will have to have a look at my tops - but I doubt there is one that fits ... but yeah I would love to skip a few handbinding sessions.

  3. What a great idea! It looks good!

  4. what a great post....its such a great idea