I was feeling all crazy yesterday and decided to try a new to me technique: glue basting on a quilt binding. I know, I know. I’m probably WAY behind the times on this one. But just in case you are like me and haven’t given this a whirl yet, I thought I’d share what I did.
First off, I used good old fashioned washable Elmer’s school glue. Right now is a GREAT time to buy it because it’s super cheap for back to school. I have some special tips to help you get a really fine line, but I didn’t bother with those. I just used a steady hand and squeeze to push out a VERY small amount onto the fabric.
Then you heat set the glue with your iron. I kept mine at the same heat that I normally have it for pressing. It only takes a couple of seconds to dry the glue in place.
I’ll admit that I couldn’t figure out how to turn the binding under without getting glue on my left thumb, but I was just careful with how I used it. I made sure that I didn’t touch anything else with that finger and all was fine.
I experimented with this technique on a smaller quilt so that if I hated it, then I wasn’t over committed. I think I’m getting smarter in my old age. Normally I would have said “new technique? Let’s make the biggest possible project we can think of!” But this was a very manageable size baby quilt and the pressing and gluing did not take much time.
I was impressed with how well it worked on my corners. I was most worried about those. But there were no problems. I was using a pretty fine weave fabric (an organic cotton by Birch) but it ironed flat and in place no problem.
Once the whole thing was ironed down, I decided to machine stitch the binding (another thing I am experimenting with….normally I’m a die hard hand binder). This is a baby quilt and I’m finding that things that get laundered A LOT might be better served with a machine binding. Machine binding literally took me about 5 minutes to sew. Crazy fast.
I opted to sew from the front of the quilt to the back. I sewed directly on the binding, though ideally I think I would like to get it so that I am stitching in the ditch next to the binding from the front…that way you really on see the stitches on the back. Overall I was pleased with how it turned out and I will definitely be trying this again. Essentially I skipped the step where I would put Clover Wonder Clips normally…AND I was able to sew quickly because there was nothing to remove as I was sewing.
What about you? Have you done glue basting on your binding before? Any tips?