A blue iron and some glue on top of the table.
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If you are one who dreads binding your quilts, well I’ve got a method for doing it that will make you hate binding a little less. It’s glue basting. I was literally shocked at how simple this is.

So grab your quilt and your binding and let’s get started. Begin by stitching your binding to your quilt as you normally do. I sew my binding to the front of my quilt.

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Let me show you how easy it is to glue baste. All you need is a bottle of Elmers Glue and an iron. Use a dry iron – no steam. I set my iron to cotton setting. This method of gluing holds the binding in place securely, and the glue will come out with washing.

A blue iron and some glue on top of the table.

if you sew your binding to the front of your quilt, flip the quilt over so you’re working on the back. Backing side up. Begin by placing a small bead of blue on the backing. I use the stitching line as a guide for my glue.

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Now grab the binding and pull it to the back, placing the binding onto the line of glue.

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As you hold the binding in place, over the glue – now run the iron across the binding to set the glue in place.

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Once you come to a corner, glue the binding all the way to the edge and iron binding down. This forms the first part of your mitered corner.

A person is using glue to fix the edge of a quilt.

Place a dot of glue onto the top of the binding, and along the stitching of the next side.

A person is using an orange glue to patch the edge of a flower print fabric.

Fold the next side of the binding down on top of the glue and iron. Now you have a nice, mitered corner.

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Continue gluing until all of your binding is in place. That’s all there is to it. Once complete, you can stitch the binding down permanently — either by hand or machine. Enjoy your quilt!



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