Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Am I the only one that saves leftover binding bits?

I keep a bin just for these leftovers and every now and then I go into it to make a scrappy binding. Obviously I add to the bin more than I subtract. One of the HeartStrings quilters is making quilts for the homeless and I have an opportunity to sew these bits together and send them on to her to use to bind her quilts. It feels SO good to use these up. I've sewn a bunch together tonight but I've got plenty more and will finish up tomorrow.

24 comments:

dot said...

Oh, no, I save my binding ends. I like the idea of having a seperate container for them. Can you say dollar store--I will have to go get me a container from the dollae store.

Patti said...

Oh no - you aren't the only one. I have a plastic drawer for binding ends. If they don't get use for bindings then I'll press them flat and use them for string!

You know me - can't throw away anything I can cut a 1 1/2" square from!

May Britt said...

I'm too saving my leftovers from bindings. So easy to have and on some quilts I think a scrappy binding is perfect. But I HATE to sew bindings LOL

Lindah said...

Ha! I actually use them--once in awhile! I have this idea in the back of my mind that sewing a bunch of them together would make a colorful binding for a child's quilt, but so far they are accumlating much too fast. Altho, I suppose that means a lot of quiltmaking has been happening!Good way to relieve your storage problem with the homeless project!

Tazzie said...

I keep binding ends too Mary - but I don't keep them separately, I toss them in with my 2" strips. I love me some scraps!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

The Calico Cat said...

I keep them - I have had enough for a small baby quilt & a doll quilt from my left overs...

Hedgehog said...

I save mine, too, but tend to cut them almost just right, so they don't accumulate too quickly. I'm going to have to start cutting them more generously!

Gail said...

Yes, I'm another that keeps them, I'll find some use for them! By the way,Sharon Schamber is doing workshops at the Georgia Quilt Council convention later this month.

Nancy Hughson said...

I totally save my binding strips. I figure there is a string quilt in my future!

Becky said...

I cut all of my bindings at 2 1/2" and then any leftovers go into my 2 1/2" strip drawer.

Deb said...

I save mine too, but never use them. I could send them to you if you like!

Jane Weston said...

Yep..I definitely save the ends...though I haven't used them yet for anything...perhaps when I do a really scrappy quilt then they will be perfect.

Joanne said...

I not only save the leftover bindings, I also use them on scrappy quilts and have been using them on the Heartstrings quilts. I never measure around the quilt when I make bindings -- just guess -- so I sometimes have long leftover pieces. vbg

Sølvi said...

I save them too - but i usually cot my bindings 1.5" wide, and have used lots of them for two quilts I have made. Seems like I will have to make another one soon - my box is more than full again.

Laurie Ann said...

Great idea. I usually press them open and put them in my string drawer.

Julie aka "Quilt Diva" said...

Mary - I save all of the leftover bits of binding. Many of them have been used on the Priority Quilts I've made, others have become part of scrappy bindings for other quilts, and the rest just wait patiently for their time to shine.

cher said...

not only do I save mine, I have a friend who sends me hers, I use them all the time on the charity quilts I am always making!

sandy said...

Mary I purposely sew many fabrics together and make continuous bias. I love the look of scrappy bias binding.

tami said...

I save mine too, but I usually use them in string quilts.

Judy said...

No! I have all the tails from every one I've made!! I keep them ready for the wonderful doll quilt bindings since they can be small and still work perfectly!

Jeanne said...

I save mine, too. Once in awhile I actually use some of it. VBG

Helen in the UK said...

I definately save them, although not in a seperate place. I do use them too - often stitch together a completely scrappy or all one colour, but scrappy binding for charity quilts :)

Vicki W said...

I save mine too but jsut in my box of strings. Your solution for sewing them all together is a great idea. that will be one sild and fun binding!

Carol E. said...

I save mine, too! You are definitely not alone.