I hate attaching quilt binding. I've tried I don't know how many ways to keep it folded over the raw edges the way I want it to lay. Nothing ever seemed to work. If I pinned somehow things got shifted and they binding was wonky. I have wonky binding. I've used binder clips and while those work great to hold the binding on a larger project they didn't work so well on small projects like mug rugs. So I went back to the drawing board. Then I was watching a quilt show on YouTube and I had an, "AH HA" moment. On the show, they were using Elmer's school glue to hold a curved seam instead of a bunch of pins. I thought it was a genius and then it dawned on me if it could hold a curved seam it certainly could hold binding! It's not like school glue is anything new, it's been around forever. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.
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All you need to do this is a bottle of Elmer's school glue. This has become our favorite way to hold fabric that we started buying it by the gallon. I will say it makes hand sewing a little more difficult so if you are one of those traditionalist this might not work for you. I'm not a fan of hand sewing, though I will admit to it is a beautiful way to attach binding, so I use the sewing machine to attach my binding. The machine has no issue going through it. I do use a 90/14 needle in my machine but Paul does 80/12 and he does his binding the same way.
Isn't that genius? Who knew that the answer to my binding prayers was in the back to school aisle? I buy school glue every year just in case the local school needs it. I go through a lot of glue on arts and crafts day. If it hadn't been for that short little bit on a random YouTube video I would have never tried it. If this tip inspires you to try something new be sure to let me know. I love learning from you guys as well.
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