New to using binding clips? Not only do they help you bind your quilts with ease but there are all sorts of ways to use them as an alternative to pins in your quilts. Stock up your stash with our shopping links or read on for 10 ways for how to use quilt binding clips in your quilting.
Where to buy binding clips
Quilt binding clips, also called sewing clips or (as pictured above) Wonder clips are available from online stockists and local haberdasheries.
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Bind your quilts with them
OK OK, let’s start with the obvious one: they’re really rather nifty for binding! In fact once you’ve tried them, it’s hard to go back. After you’ve prepared your binding strips, use your clips to pin it in place around the edge of your quilt sandwich before you start to sew. You’ll find this method easier than using pins as the clips easily hold the thickness of your quilt without puckering or holding the fabric layers together too tightly.
Check out our Technical Editor Laura’s tips for using them for curved binding – including some nifty ways to use them for neater results!
Organise your quilt tops as you sew
Keeping track of your quilt top units and blocks is easy peasy with the help of binding clips. Group them into colour-themed stacks and label with a letter or number that corresponds with the different sections of your quilt design . This way you can quickly find the right piece when you need it!
Colour match like a pro
Here on the TQ team, we have a LOT of fabric in our stash. No, we’re not showing off, we’re just confessing that we suffer from a healthy dose of fabric indecision when we’re embarking on a new project. Binding clips are really handy for holding different fabric swatches in place so we can step back and see which colour combos work together.
Clip and go!
If, like us, your sewing box is bulging with various tools and spools, then you’ll like this one: binding clips can be easy stored on whatever you’re wearing – so you always have them to hand as you work without rummaging around in your notions stash.
Use them to pin paper templates in place
From appliqué to foundation paper piecing, when you’re working on a project requiring shape templates, use your binding clips to secure the fabric to your paper template. Unlike with pins, you’ll avoid puckering the fabric as you secure the paper in place which makes accurate cutting easier.
Easy peasy English Paper Piecing
Getting ready to baste your EPP shapes? Try holding them in place with binding clips before you start sewing… you’ll get neater results as your pieces will be securely held in place as you stitch without accidentally shifting around as you sew.
Prepare your fabric choices
Once we’ve selected a batch of fabrics for our quilt tops, we often sort ours into different piles for sewing the different parts of the blocks we’re about to embark upon. Binding clips come in really handy for grouping your fabrics at this stage of a project, especially if you’re going to come away and then come back to your work later and you don’t want to risk getting the piles muddled up!
Bookmark your project books for quick reference
Working on a quilt project from our latest issue of Today’s Quilter? Or a favourite book? Save time flicking through to find where you left off and use your binding clips as a bookmark!
Not just for quilts
Use them to keep the hair out of your eyes when you’re in the middle of an particularly intense sewing machine session! (expertly modelled here by our Editor Fiona!).
VIQB (Very important quilting business)
And lastly… our perfect quilting session comes with coffee and chocolate – our binding clips come in pretty handy for keeping our packets sealed 🙂