Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quilt Binding Tool

So I stumbled upon this handy little tool while aimlessly searching the net. There is a video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex2PajesRvU
that shows how to use it. I always have a heck of a time getting this part of my binding right, I measure, pin, remeasure, pin again and finally I get it done, but it is such a pain. I love the idea of this tool. Anyway, I couldn't wait to buy it online and wait for it to arrive so I made my own, I also saved about $10.00 by making it myself. It isn't as pretty as the original, but it works exactly the same. I ran up to Lowe's and bought an 8" X 10" piece of acrylic for $1.98 and a little $3.00 cutting tool and whipped it out! I figured out the measurements by watching the video on YouTube, at one point they laid the tool down on a cutting mat that has 1" markings on it, so I paused the video at that point, it was pretting easy to figure out. It is 8 3/4" long and 2 1/2" wide, from the end to the marking is 6 1/4" then you just cut a 45 degree angle and cut off the 1/4" tip and there you have it. I used a sharpie to mark it, I wrote backwards on the underside, that is why my writing looks funny, I got my "U" backwards, lol. I did a test with it, and it comes out perfect. I can't wait to try it on my next quilt.

Here is the original.

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7 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Couldn't I just use a thick piece of plastic? Like of that from a kid's toy package or anything along those lines... Might have to do that since I know I'll have tons of toys to open from my DD birthday! Thanks!

Dee Dee said...

Thank you.. I have been trying to get one of these, and can only get it from America . The postage is dearer than the tool .. Dee Dee . Glasgow

Anonymous said...

Spot on with your measurements. I just worked it out and then found your blog. Mind you I've watched that YouTube video quite a few times prior to working out the measurements. Well done. Lois Australia

nina said...

I found a better link that shows the tool better. check it out :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpHAp_pyVXQ

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Thank you. I get my hubby to cut all my templates for acrylic tools!

Anonymous said...

Just what I was looking for, thanks so much!