Attaching Quilt Binding The Easy Way

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.

lazy binding


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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.

attaching quilt binding


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About Melissa Shields

Mel is a 30 something year old quilter, attempting to balance her old school roots with today's trends. When not sewing or shopping for a new sewing machine Mel enjoys reading, reality TV, and Nascar.

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