Saturday, February 27, 2016

Reduce Bulky Corners

How many of you apply binding without thinking about the corners? Ever notice how it can be a bit hard to bring the fabric around to the other side? Or that the corners look a bit lumpy and feel hard? Well, here's the solution: reduce the bulk!

First, let's think about all those layers. Binding is attached as a folded piece, so that's two layers of fabric just into the corner. Then there's the angled fold back, adding two more layers. And another fold at the top, adding yet another two layers. That's SIX layers of fabric right at the corner! And it doesn't all need to be there!

Here's how to reduce that bulk, and cut out four layers of unnecessary fabric. This technique requires the stitching at the corner to go 90 degrees straight back, and not at a 45 degree angle into the corner. 

After the binding is all attached, at each corner, fold back the top piece of binding to expose the little triangle underneath.

Get a scissor in there, cutting the top fold.

Fold back the top fabric even more to fully expose that little triangle rascal!

And trim it off, even with the binding stitching.

Ta-da! Four layers of fabric removed!

Now the corners will feel soft and still full, but not thick and stiff. I have done this with my quilts for over a year, and my corners are so much nicer.

So make it a habit - trim your corners! You'll be happy you did!

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  1. I'm actually planning on sewing binding on today...I'll try your trick.

  2. Hope it's an ah-ha moment for you as it was for me!

  3. Thanks for the tip! I am always a little hesitant to cut the corners as more than once I cut a little too much and I ended up with holes to patch :( I guess it all comes down to be careful and get more practice!

  4. Great tip. It's the little things that make the difference.

  5. I need to try this. I sew the 45 degree angle, but trimming that part makes sense. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a wonderful idea! I will try this on my wall quilts. Any clue how it would hold up to washings if used for a baby quilt?


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