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3 Ways to Use Left Over Bindings

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3 fascinating and fun ideas of how to use the left over fabric from your quilt bindings.  Some are so fun, you have to share this article with others.

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3 Ways to Use Left Over Bindings

Let's be honest, who among us has not cut more binding than we need for our quilt? Sometimes the leftovers are small, only a few inches, but sometimes we get a bit over zealous and make too much. It is time to stop feeling guilty for wasting all that pretty fabric and put it to good use for organizing your next project.

3 Ways to Use Left Over Bindings

 

Block Placement Holders

It can be a difficult to keep your project pieces together in order when you have to take them from one room to another to stitch, or if you are taking them on a retreat to work on, but your leftover binding from previous projects can help. First, place a piece of leftover binding a little longer than your quilt blocks or pieces on a flat surface and then place your blocks or pieces to stitch together on top of the binding and pin them in place. Repeat for the remainder of the rows of your quilt. Now you can stack these pieces and carry them to your sewing machine and you will know that the block/piece placement is correct (since the top of each block/piece is pinned to the binding, and they are all kept in order). This is especially helpful if you need to layout your block placement using a bed that is not in your sewing space and carry your pieces to another room.

 

Block Placement Holders

 

Project Storage

For shorter pieces of leftover binding, you can use them to keep project fabrics together with the pattern to use for your next project so your fabrics will not be used in error for a different project. Simply stack your chosen fabrics together with the pattern on top and wrap the binding around and tie. The added plus, is that you may re-use the bindings over and over again.

Project Storage

 

Design Board Finishing Touch

If your stash of leftover binding is still too large, use the binding to finish off a piece of foam core board to use as a mini design wall. All you need to do is attach a piece of batting to foam core board then use your left over binding to finish the edges of your mini design wall. Now don't you feel a bit less guilty about wasting that yardage?

Design Board Finishing Touch

 

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Glossary

Batting
The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton.

Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler
Binding
Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt.
Block
The basic unit of a quilt top, usually square but can be rectangular or other shapes. Blocks can be pieced, appliqued or plain.
Design Wall
Any wall where you can position quilt blocks, then step back to view the layout at a distance. Quilters often hang batting or plain white flannel on their design walls, because quilt blocks and other components stick to it easily without pinning. Heavier commercial design walls are available.
Stack
An easy way to create quilt blocks with unique kaleidoscope designs. These designs require a set of identical pieces cut from a print fabric. Rather than finding and cutting each piece individually, a quilter can cut and layer a number of large, identical print rectangles to make a stack.

Same As: Stack-n-Whack, Whack
Stash
A quilter's personal collection of fabrics. Buying more fabric is adding to your stash.
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