Tuesday, May 20, 2014

No DogEar Glue-Basted Quilt Binding Tutorial

This post is linked up on Let's Bee Social by Sew Fresh Quilts

My very first original Tutorial! 
Well, I hope it is original. Apologies to anyone who may have posted the same technique. It is pretty simple and I wouldn't be surprised if someone had the idea before me. I've just never run across it and I made up several of the details in my own little mind. 

I do want to credit three sources for inspiring me to try Glue-Basting, which I absolutely love, love love!!!

Now, my personal spin for making a neat binding with reduced waste and none of those pesky dog-ears to snip off.

Note: Do not use Glue-Basting on a project that you do not plan to launder or that will not be finished in a timely manner. Glue will attract pests if left unattended. I do not tend to have long term WIPs or collect UFOs so this is not an issue for me.

Ruler with a 45 degree line. ( I like to use my 4.5 inch square)
Elmer's School Glue (This one washes out)
Narrow Glue Tip (Optional, you can do it with the regular tip but the narrow one is more precise)
Marking Tool (My choice is the Frixion)
Iron (I prefer a dry iron)
Rotary Cutter

Step #1    

Line up your ruler on the 45 making sure it kissed the top corner.

Step #2

This is my personal spin on the technique.
Using the edge of your ruler, run a bead of glue along the edge. Do Not get glue in your seam allowance.I know, this is the part of the binding that will show but I like to glue in this area and not in the seam because it makes it easier to pop the glue when you have more fabric to grip. It also reduces the chance for seam warping that you get when you try to grip and pull the little triangles on the seam alliance side.
 Step #3

Line up your strips matching the corners to the edges.(Usual pinned strip placement)

Step #4
Iron to set your glue basting. Do not skip this step. The glue will not hold until it is set with heat.

 Step #5

Line up your ruler on the 45 mark making sure it meets the corners of the top and bottom binding strips. Draw a sewing line along the ruler's edge with your marker.

Repeat these steps until you have all your strips joined and marked.

 Step #6
Sew along the marked lines as usual. (Standard pin basted seam)

Step #7

Snip threads and pop your Glue Basting. 
Grip the binding side (not the seam allowance side) and pull to release the glue to the sewn seam. 

Step #8 

Line up a ruler on a Quarter inch line and trim your seam allowances.

   Note the lack of those pesky dog-ears! (Pin basted sample trimmed)

Open and see how nicely your strips are aligned.

Iron your seams open as usual.
All the glue bits will wash out when you launder your quilt and your binding will be beautiful.

 Step you get to skip
                        Ugly Dog-Ears

Cute Dog-Ears

Side-by-Side Comparisons

Those little dog-ear snips create quite the mess!

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial.
If you try it, please feel free to leave a comment with any critiques, suggestions or praises.


  1. Thanks sew much for sharing your tutorial, Gayle. Well done! I agree... those pesky dog ears can be a problem... Except in the case of the ones on that sweet pooch!

  2. I just found this - am bookmarking to try it!