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« on: September 11, 2017 12:53:57 PM »

I make a lot of small quilted items for friends and family that require quick and easy techniques to get them done.  One of my favorite is using what I call a "cheaty" binding.  Here is a small project I did to show you how it is done.

1.  Either cut out your fabric to the size you want plus seam allowances (my project is about 14") or, finish piecing your project and then cut it to size. Cut out your lining to be about 2 inches bigger than your front piece.  My backing is about 16".



2. Cut your binding strips from the backing.

Example:  I want a 1/2" binding. I will use 1/4" seams. So each binding strip will be 1" wide. Cut two strips 14" and two strips 16".



3. Sew the shorter pieces to your front fabric at each end and press.



4. Sew the longer pieces and press.  Notice that my strips are longer than needed.  It is because I really hate to measure.  I will trim it later.



5. Trim and cut out a piece of batting to fit your top fabric.  It is super important that you cut the piece to exactly your front piece  Be sure your top is right side up.



6. Next, right sides together, put your backing piece on top.  If you need, to, trim the backing to fit your top. Again, make sure they are the same size as you will be sewing on the back and have to catch the front and batting in the seam!



7.  A little tip...sew from end to end with some reinforcement stitches there the two perpendicular lines meet...like so:



8.  Don't forget to leave an opening to turn your piece right side out!!!



9.  Trim the corners so you will have a nice pointy point!



When you turn in right side out, you need to poke out the corners:



See how it looks like binding already?  Cheesy

10.  Hand sew the opening with whatever stitch you want...I use an invisible ladder stitch.



11. Quilt your piece.  The last step is to stitch all around your piece to highlight your "cheaty" binding!



I know there is a way to fold over the back and use it as binding, but I can never seem to get the corners right and spend so much time fussing with it. 

You can play with this and do the strips for your backing in contrast fabrics to get even more looks!

Have fun!

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017 01:09:04 PM »

You sneaky thing you, that's brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing, I am going to cheat next time I make a quilted item. Awesome Cheesy.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017 03:05:09 PM »

I have never seen this version of a cheat! I love it!
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017 03:56:07 PM »

You sneaky thing you, that's brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing, I am going to cheat next time I make a quilted item. Awesome Cheesy.

I love this thread AND this post.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017 05:48:00 PM »

Lol clm I have benefited from many of your creative shortcuts.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2017 06:09:53 PM »

Great tutorial!  This is how I do my "binding" on projects Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2017 06:26:20 PM »

this is INGENIOUS! thank you.
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2017 06:30:07 PM »

Lol clm I have benefited from many of your creative shortcuts.


Well, I am a little fond of short cuts and "lazy girl" versions of things. You found me out Cheesy.
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017 04:24:57 AM »

excellent, thanks for posting this,
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017 06:42:09 AM »

Great tutorial!  This is how I do my "binding" on projects Smiley

YES!  Great minds think alike!  lol...I only do this on small projects, like mug rugs, coasters, mini quilts...I still do regular binding on quilts when I have time to hand sew in front of the tv...it's not really cheating...it is "efficient" lol
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