Jupe du Jour

Mending the Binding on a Quilt

Sewing, ThriftingMonica StebbComment

The hallmark of a good seamstress and a good thrifter is the ability to mend items when broken; this increases the lifetime of the items you own, reduces waste (our landfills will thank you!), and, if you're like me, the best part is that it is nice on your wallet. 

Today I would like to share with you an example of how you can put your mending skills to good use. 

About the quilt: My mother found this quilt for me while she was thrifting. This is an eBay special, meaning that she found it on eBay and it was special enough to bid on. The flowers are actually printed on to the fabric and the top of the quilt is the same as the bottom so it doesn't matter which side is showing because it's the same. There is batting in between both layers with quilting holding the two layers tight together. After about 6 months of use the binding around the edge of the quilt started to come undone. 

The binding looks like it has a bunch of tiny pleats. This was most likely done with some sort of pleating or smocking machine where you feed the fabric through two cogs that turn and the fabric comes out looking folded. Think of a mixture between a hair crimper and an old timey hand-crank dryer. 

Trying to achieve the same look by hand turned out not to be the easiest or best idea if you want to keep your sanity; especially for this slightly threadbare and sensitive fabric. What I ended up doing instead was steaming the loose fabric flat, then folding the edges inside about 3/8" of an inch (which is what it looked like it was at before the binding started unraveling). From there I inserted a basting stitch along the fold I just steamed, going as close to the quilt to as I could without pulling more of the binding off. Then I pulled the bobbin threads of my basting stitch and gathered the fabric to fit over the bald area of my quilt and sewed it down onto my quilt. The binding did end up a little more wavy than the rest of the quilt, but with this fixed I will be able to continue using this quilt for years to come!

Has anyone one else mended a quilt? What did you do? Bonus if you share pictures with us too!