Welcome to the late edition of Terrific Tool Tuesday. I wanted to get this post up two weeks ago and I apologize for that! Today I am going to show you another fun and extremely handy tool from Quilter's Paradise, the CutRite Bind Up Tool.
If you remember back to my last TTT post, 4 weeks ago (yikes!), I reviewed Quilter's Paradise's Sewing Machine Seam Guide.
Their Bind Up Tool is used to get the perfect mitered edge when you finish your quilt binding. Elizabeth Hartman taught me how to quilt. Not in person, that would be a dream for me, but my first quilt patterns I purchased were hers. And those first quilts I would just end my binding by doubling up over the beginning end and continuing on about an inch or so. This is perfectly fine, but it does leave a very bulky seam at the end. I just recently started to cut my binding and sew the ends together before sewing it to my quilt, but I could only do a 90 degree seam, like this tutorial from That Girl, That Quilt. Until now!
So the CutRite Bind Up tool is a neon yellow acrylic template. Why is it such a hip color, you ask? So you can easily see all the markings on both light and dark fabrics (sorry, the only dark fabric I had on hand was a medium grey tonight, but you can see from the picture above too). Genius!
So how does it work? The Bind Up Tool comes with an instruction sheet that shows you step by step how to use it.
But I took some pictures along the way and have them here to share with you. I also recommend you visit Quilter's Paradise, they have a video tutorial on how to use this tool also that is extremely helpful if you get stuck.
First, go ahead and attach your binding to your quilt top, leaving at least 5 inches of space at the end on both sides of where the binding meets. This is extremely important. My "quilt" was just a practice FMQ piece and was only 13 inches wide. So I ended up sewing much closer to the meeting point than I should have, like 2 inches from where they meet (see my arrows, bad Kelly!). Doing this makes all the proceeding steps very difficult, so remember to give yourself plenty of wiggle space here!
Next you want to fold the unsewn sides back and make sure they are touching in the middle. Press this well with an iron.
Then you want to open your binding to the wrong side and mark the folds with a pencil. I marked in pen, just so you could see this a little easier. See how sewing close to where they meet started to give me problems? You will only make this mistake once, I promise!
Mark the folds on both sides of your binding.
Then you want to take the Bind Up tool and start with the binding on the left side. Open the binding up and use that mark you made on the wrong side to line up with the cross-hairs on the tool, making sure the L is at the top of the tool. Cut along the diagonal side. Repeat with the right side, making sure the R is up for the right side (I only took a picture of the right side process, sorry!)
Then you take your tool and line up the tool with the diagonal you cut and the bottom edge of the binding. You will have a small dog ear at the end that you trim off using the tool.
Match diagonals, with right sides together and sew 1/4 inch seam. Be very careful to sew only through the two layers of fabric.
Fold your binding back up and pin it to your quilt. You should have a nice mitered seam and it should lay flat with your quilt. Sew the end of the binding on and finish!
Two things to point out for the above photo. The small pucker I got (arrow) is where I folded my FMQ sample. I don't think it had anything to do with my binding, I should have pressed it out a little better before trying to sew this binding on. And secondly, remember to clip your threads after you sew together your mitered seam. :)
The CutRite Bind Up tool is available from Quilter's Paradise for $9.95 plus shipping. I definitely think this is a must have tool for quilters!
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