Thursday, July 17, 2014

In a Bind(ing)

So I did a bit of tidying in my sewing room today. Not a full out clean up, but some dust removal and rearranging of a few things. A bit of fabric folding. You know. And I ran across all my binding leftovers.  You know, the ones that are a bit too long to just throw out. Let me show you.
 Here they all are together. I think. I may have some stashed somewhere that I didn't find today.
                                     All jumbled up together.
 Some of them are on empty old thread spools: wooden spools and plastic, even Aurifil spools.
 Some are wound up and secured with a pin, some just wound up with the tail flapping loose...
 ...and a bunch just sort of wrapped, kinda flat and all smooshed together in a can that I spray painted red to keep stuff in in my sewing room. Stuff like this apparently.
                                I obviously like stripes quite a bit for binding.
                              And the occasional polka dot. This is some big dots.
And not to be left out, some checks. Now, my question to you is, what do YOU do with your leftover bindings? Sew them together? Maybe like colors? Keep saving them? Use them for tiny quilts? Let me know if you have any ideas on what I can do with these. I cannot throw them out. Obviously.


  1. Until recently, since I primarily use straight grain binding, I attempt to press out the crease and toss them into my 2 1/2" strip box. However, a couple of days ago, I rolled everything up pinned them closed with an applique pin (it's not as if I do applique) and tossed them into a big clear vase. I suppose eventually, I'll make a scrappy binding.

  2. I make a lot of scrap quilts and I sew the bits together for scrappy binding.

  3. All of the above. Some I use as 2.5" strips in other projects, some I use for binding for mug rugs or other mini quilts, some I piece together for scrappy bindings. Yours are very pretty though!

  4. Beautiful eye candy. As I am not a quilter I have no suggestions for their usage however I would use them on journals as edgings or even ties that wrap around the covers and tie it all together. Fabulous Find and Creative Bliss...

  5. Hi Charlotte, have you seen this idea from Moda?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkellyaud/8084854636/ I think that would be a super way to use these up over time.

  6. I keep mine on spools also! I pin a paper on them so I know how long each one is! My last finish was a BONUS I was able to use MANY of my random bindings! (I love me a good bias striped binding!!! My fave!!)


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