When sewing on the binding to a quilt there are several ways of doing it. Mind you, I’m just learning about these ways, so I usually follow the directions found in my two favorite quilting books: Denyse Schmidt Quilts by Denyse Schmidt and Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. These books have helped me tons during my recent binge of sewing baby quilts. They both actually give the same instructions for attaching the binding, but the pictures that go along with Denyse Schmidt’s instructions are what have helped me the most. Here’s similar instructions to the ones I follow in my books.
Anyway, the binding went a lot faster and was a lot less painful this time because of these. I actually got mine at this local quilt shop, but I bet you can find them in any sewing/quilting store. Joelle Hoverson suggests getting these in her book so I took her up on her suggestion. I’m so glad I did! I know they look like hair barrettes, and in fact, I suppose they are. But using binding clips saved my fingers from the tons of tiny pricks I’ve received in the past when sewing on the binding. Annie’s quilt was the first binding I used them on and I’m never going back to straight pins! I think I’ll be using these little guys a lot in the years to come.