Well, let me tell you. This tool is a Honey Badger. That's right, a Honey Badger. 'cuz it don't care. It don't give a sh...
OK, OK. Actually, once I watched the video from Missouri Star Quilting Company, I am convinced it might be a really clever little tool.
Here's how to win over the Honey Badger:
First, prepare your binding fabric. I usually cut mine 2 1/2" wide, or 2 1/4" if I'm using a really thin batting. Join the binding strips using a 45 degree angle to minimize bulk. Place the strips crosswise to each other and sew edge to edge, like this:
It isn't necessary to trim the edges of your "quilt sandwich," but I do because it makes it easier to handle at the machine. Make two marks along one edge of your quilt sandwich, 12" apart. Hey, guess what. They mean 12" exactly! Otherwise your binding won't meet at the ends. (Thanks for the tip, Melissa!)
With the bulk of your quilt away from you, the mark on the left is where you will start attaching your binding. Leave a "tail" of binding about 8-10" long, like this:
Then fold the binding to the right, forming a 45 degree angle. The raw edges of the binding will be parallel to the raw edges of the quilt sandwich, like this:
Next, bring the binding back over the 45 degree fold, making a 90 degree fold even with the raw edges of the already-sewn-down binding, like this:
Start stitching right at the fold and continue around your quilt. Form your nice corners three more times, until you get to the second mark you made (remember, it's 12" from where you started sewing).
Now we'll use our "Binding Tool" to form a 45 degree seam that joins both ends of the binding.
The binding tool has a "warning" printed on it: PRINTED SIDE ALWAYS UP! Remember that as you place the tool and cut the ends off the binding.
Place the tool PRINTED SIDE UP with the straight end against the stitches where you started attaching the binding, like this:
Repeat for the right hand side, be sure the printed side of the tool is right side up!
Next we will cut off the ends of the binding to form 45 degree angles, right hand side first:
Now the left side. This is why I called it a Honey Badger. When you cut the right hand side, the "Mark Here" line is aligned with the mark made on the binding.
When you cut the left hand side, align the tip of the tool to the left of your vertical mark.
In their defense, the designers DID put a tiny "R" and"L" on the tool, But the directions on the tool are scanty, and I didn't understand how important those little letters were until I watched the video! Cut the left side of the binding along the angled end of the tool, remember to cut off the dog ear!
Whew! The hard part is over. Next, we'll align the cut edges of the binding, right sides together:
And stitch a 1/4" seam:
I'll show you how I finish the binding in the next post, because I had just enough thread to attach the binding:
Besides, now we both need a cuppa and a bit of a lie down to recover.