Introduction: How to Make Fusible Quilt Binding
Fusible binding is perfect for display pieces that will not receive the wear and tear bed quilts do. It's easy and fast!
Step 1: Selecting Your Fusible
There are many fusible interfacings available that are double sided. The most common are Steam-A-Seam-2 (my preferred choice), wonder under, and thermobond. I like SAS2 better than the other types available (for this project) because there are two sheets of paper and the fusible is sticky so it doesn't shift.
Step 2: Cutting the Interfacing and Fabric
You should cut strips of the fusible interfacing a bit wider than you intend for the the binding itself to be. I cut the strips with a rotary cutter, I keep one set aside and marked specifically for cutting paper and non fabric materials.
I cut both my fabric and interfacing strips 2.5 inches wide. The strips shown in the photos are short for example's sake. You'd cut your strips the length of the item you're looking to bind.
Step 3: Getting Ready
Steam-A-Seam-2 is unique because the fusible interfacing itself is sticky and is enveloped in paper on both sides. When you start this step you need to peel back one of the sheets of paper, and off the interfacing. You should be left with a piece of paper that is tacky to the touch (this is the interfacing) and stick it to the wrong side of your fabric.
Step 4: Ironing (aka Don't Burn Yourself)
Once you have the SAS-2 lined up, iron it to the fabric.
Step 5: Being Decorative
So in reality, the piece of fabric you have in your hands could be used as a decorative fused binding, but it's really not that exciting. I've also found that straight grain fusible bindings can fray and make a mess over time.
I use a wavy edged rotary cutter to give the piece a decorative edge. I trim one side, and then place the ruler line at the two in ch mark in the middle of the waves for my second trim.
Step 6: Ready to Bind
So now you have a two inch wide strip of decorative fusible binding ready to attach to your project!
The paper back peels off, leaving a sticky binding that's easy to position before ironing it down!
another version of this tutorial is found on my blog, located here blogged tutorial
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