Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Terrific Tool Tuesday - CutRite Bind Up Tool and GIVEAWAY

Terrific Tool Tuesday

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!

So how would you like to win one?


Giveaway closed. Winners are #7 Allison C, #21 Krista @ Sewwhatscooking.com and #33 Kyndra! Congrats ladies!

Thank you to the wonderful people at Quilter's Paradise for sponsoring this review and including THREE bonus seam guides to THREE lucky readers!

:: To enter please tell me your favorite book, or movie (if you are not a reader). 

:: Bonus entry: Like Quilter's Paradise on Facebook and tell them Live. Love. Create. sent you.

This giveaway is open to everyone and will run until 11:59 (CST) Monday, April 29th. I will randomly draw three winners and email the winners. Please leave your email address if it is not linked to your profile. Good luck!



April 24, 2013 at 1:27 AM

I can't pick just one favourite book - but I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed Riel Nason (quilt blogger!)'s first novel The Town That Drowned. Beautifully written, poignant, all the things I love in a book. Highly recommended.

April 24, 2013 at 1:44 AM

My mind is blank when it comes to a favourite book (which is weird because I read all the time) but my favourite movie ever is The Princess Bride. I just love it :)

April 24, 2013 at 5:38 AM

What a great tool, would love to have it! There are so many books that I love, but one that I read once and again is Eat, Pray, Love!

April 24, 2013 at 6:10 AM

My favourite book is Elizabeth Hartman's Practical Guide To Patchwork (she taught me how to quilt too!). Great review, thanks for the chance to win one of these clever tools.

April 24, 2013 at 6:43 AM

This looks to be a lot more precise than what I do; cool! Favorite book - Hmm...hard pressed for a favorite - but I did really enjoy The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.

April 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I love the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. The HBO True Blood is okay, but it has deviated from the books and is not as good.

April 24, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Wow, what a question...my favorite book would probably be The Host. I've read it a dozen times and still haven't gotten tired of it. I'm a huge reader so it's hard to pick a favorite :) Thanks for the chance to win!

April 24, 2013 at 7:49 AM

I was a school Media Specialist for seven years, so I will have to choose a children's book (or two). I love "Frindle" and for a picture book alternative, I will go with "Library Lion". Thanks so much for the chance to win. I need a simple solution to this binding step.

April 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM

I liked their FB page and mentioned you in a comment.

April 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I have read Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird uncountable times! I would say those are my favorite books :) amateurquilter at gmail

April 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I went to their facebook page and said hi to them! amateurquilter at gmail

April 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

To Kill a Mockingbird is my #1 favorite. Thanks for your review! As always, it's great!

April 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

i love all the 'banks' books by Peter Robinson

April 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

My favorite books are by Francine Rivers: Redeeming Love & The Mark of the Lion series. Thanks for the giveaway! wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

April 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

My all time favourite is 'The Time Traveller's Wife' - I've read it so many times!

April 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

right now my favorite book is night circus. Its a good one. thanks for the chance

April 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

O M G - must have one of these tools! I'm an avid reader, but fave movie is simpler: HERO (with Jet Li). I cannot say enough about how beautiful this movie is.

April 24, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I told them hi and that you'd sent me! :)

April 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Right now my favorites are Modern Patchwork and In the Studio with Angela Walters. :)

April 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

My favorite books are by Lori Wick. :)

April 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I can read Jane Eyre over and over.

April 25, 2013 at 2:22 AM

What a fabulous tool! This would be really handy! :)
I don't have a specific favorite book, but I love reading Nora Roberts books. And my favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. :)

April 25, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Left a message on their facebook page & liked them too! :)

April 25, 2013 at 6:16 AM

One of my favorite books is China Court by Rumer Godden. Thanks.

April 25, 2013 at 6:17 AM

I'm already liking Quilter's Paradise on Facebook & I posted a thank you there.

April 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

I really loved les Miserables. Thank you! Kcotcher@gmail.com

April 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM

This looks handy! My favorite book of all times is Gone With the Wind. I reread it about every 3 years. Right ow i am reading The Kingmakers Daughters.

April 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I love anything by Jodi Picoult-her latest is called The Storyteller

April 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I think I could really use that tool! My favorite book is "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers, but I did just finish the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta and they were really good!

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