Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Binding Hexagons

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...the tutorial

Don't be scared of those points and corners!

I was and I searched for a tutorial and didn't find one. 

So I did the work for you and I documented my process {with minimal swearing} so finishing your hexie project won't be so daunting. :)

Here goes...

After you finish quilting, trim your batting and backing square with your top.  Then stitch super close to the edge of your quilt, table runner, etc.  This will hold down your edges and make stitching the binding on a little easier.

Prepare your binding strips.  You will definitely want to cut them on the bias to make manipulating the strips around the corners much easier.  Here is a great tutorial on making a bias binding.  I made my strips 2 inches wide because I like a narrow binding {it also cuts down on the bulk in the corners and on the points}.

Once you have your binding ready, here's one of the most important parts {and probably the scariest too!}  Take your scissors and snip a slit in each corner of where your hexies meet.  This is key to making your corners look nice!

Be careful not to snip more than 1/4" into the hexies...

After you do this in every corner, you are ready to stitch your binding to the front of your quilt.

Start in the middle of a hexie {not a point or a corner}.  Begin stitching the binding down with a 1/4" seam allowance. 

When you are to your first corner, put your needle down and raise your presser foot.  Turn your project slightly and with your left hand pull your project away from the needle to make a straight line {instead of the corner}.  With your hexies still in a straight line, turn your project a little more and lay your binding down on that line.  Drop your presser foot and begin stitching again towards your next point.

I know these instructions sound strange but if you will follow along as you sew, I promise it will all make sense!  If not, you can send me hate mail or ask all the questions you want. :)

Now the easy part... stitch to your point, stopping right before you reach the point.  Backstitch and cut your threads.  Remove your work and fold your binding up and then down following the angle of your point just like you do when you bind a "normal" quilt corner.

Once you have your fold, continue stitching in the new direction towards your next corner {or point}.  And again, send me hate mail or questions if this doesn't make sense.

Continue this madness all the way around your project until your ends meet.  Secure your ends with your favorite method and thank me for telling you to start away from a point or a corner.

Success!  You are done stitching your biding to the front and it's down hill from here.  Watch for part two in a few days where I will show you how to hand stitch your binding to the back while keeping your points and corners all pretty.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Me? A Mom? said...

I have opted to avoid the whole hexagon craze (mostly because I don't like hand sewing) but I admire this tutorial and how much patience it must have taken you!

live a colorful life said...

Thanks for the awesome tutorial. With all the hexie fanatics out there, this is just what we needed!

Mama Pea said...

Great tutorial! I have always wondered how people handle that.

Denise said...

Oh that looks like a lot of work...think I'll just be putting half hexagons around mine so it will be all straight have a lot more patience than I do!

Staci said...

I'm afraid of hexagons, but Denise's suggestion about using halves around the edges makes me like them just a little bit.

Belinda said...

Thank you! I too looked for a tutorial & couldn't find one! The clip into the inside corner makes soooo much sense. I have a heart shaped potholder pattern with a bound edge - this trick will help with the binding where the heart dips into an inside corner at the top!

Kristen said...

Ooo, ooo, ooo! So pretty! Visiting from Flickr. I love this binding finish! Can I link to this in my tutorial? I just finished an AMH hexagon table runner too.

little1 said...

Where is the 2nd part of this tutorial which was supposed to be posted "in a few days" regarding the back of the binding?

Anonymous said...

I've looked everywhere I can on your site and can't find the 2nd part of the tutorial about putting the binding on the other side of the hex's. I really enjoyed your site but would still like your tips on this technique.
Thanks for your tips.

Barbara said...

I could send you my hexie project to demo the Part II with ;-))

Anonymous said...

I am binding one for a friend and was afraid to start. Thanks, this makes so much sense.

Vera D said...

You'd save my life!!! I am "stuck" for 3 (THREE) years in that unfinished project (hexagonal tablecloth) with no answer - or tutorial - at all!!!
I'll try your method, thank you for share!


Vera D said...

just in time:

The Quilt Teacher said...

Thanks SEW much! This is just what I as looking for. I had a Hexagon quilt to bind for customer and looked on line for help. This worked perfectly!

Love your fabric choices, too! I LOVE Amy Butler and all the beautiful bright fabric choices we have now!

Judy Barnard
"The Quilt Teacher" (perhaps I should change that to "That Quilt Teacher" . . . ;)

Anonymous said...

This all makes so much sense and will look good! thanks for taking the time and energy to motivate a procrastinator like me.....I can't wait to start now.....Carol

Suzan said...

This makes the project sound much easier than I thought it was going to be. Please tell me how to find Part II.


Anonymous said...

Hello, I too am looking for the part two of this tuorial? Thanks

Laurie said...

Jennifer, thanks my daughter in law made her first quilt a king size hexagon quilt that I just finished quilting. Although I think I could have figured it out I would have used straight binding, so now I'll do bias. I'm assuming you used the double binding method. Good job.

Ed & Kathy said...

Wow! I just put together a tumbler block table runner and I'm thinking this same technique will work for binding it! Thanks.

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