Scrappy binding

I was short on binding fabric…so I combed through my scraps and made a really scrappy one.  The pieces were all cut about 6″ long, give or take a couple of inches.
The tricky part is keeping the seams of the binding away from the mitered corners…I didn’t think that out before I sewed it on but all but I lucked out with all but one.  It will just be the funky corner…there’s always at least one funky corner.
It’s a nice addition to a really simple quilt top!

46 Responses to Scrappy binding

  1. Bobbi February 11, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    I love a scrappy binding. 90% of my bindings are scrappy. :)

  2. Richard Healey February 11, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    I did some hot pads with scrappy binding it turned out neat looking.
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

  3. Kimberly February 11, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    I love scrappy bindings! Yours is beautiful! Oh, and I hear ya on the funky corners… grrr…

  4. Gayle February 11, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Great idea, love it, a perfect way to use all those scraps.

  5. AP Mommy February 11, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    What a great idea!

  6. lynaeve February 11, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    This is awesome, I love it!

  7. The Red Thread February 11, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    It's beautiful! That quilting is gorgeous as well, by the way.

  8. Talia Christine February 11, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Why have I never thought of scrappy binding before??


    Talia Christine

  9. happydaysquilting February 11, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I'm digging it, can we have a reveal please!

  10. Helen L February 11, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Yep, scrappy is good!! Like the old saying, "Necessity is the mother of invention". I've been pushed to that solution too :-)
    It's looking pretty: when do we get to see it?

  11. Larri @ Seams Inspired February 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I'm going to try this on the table runner I'm working on. "Start Small" is a good rule of thumb for me. ☺ Thanks for the tips about the mitered edges. Happy Saturday! ☺

  12. Leslie February 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I LOVE scrappy binding but always forgot to do it! I can't wait for you to show us what you are putting it on!

  13. rowan February 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Necessity is the mother of invention. I've a quilt to bind before Saturday, no time to buy more fabric so will be binding with a variety of sherbet pips scraps. Looking forward to the result.

  14. notes of sincerity February 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    That is really cute Allison. :0)

  15. jmday February 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Count me in on the scrappy binding love!

  16. Pat February 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Scrappy bindings are great, although a bit more work. Maybe that would be a good leader/ender project — keep a pile of 2.5" strips next to your machine & piece them as you go. And yes, there is always the ONE corner….

  17. Karen H February 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I thought it was only me that had trouble with 1 corner. Glad to hear it happens to everyone! :) Love the scrappy binding.

  18. KaHolly February 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    From your picture, it looks great. Hope you post the completed project when it's sewn down!!

  19. autumnesf February 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I also love doing scrap bindings to use up those tail pieces. But you are right, sometimes I have to repin two or three times to miss the seams in the corners.

  20. Frances February 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I've never used scraps before (not sup rising given i've only ever made 3 quilts). is there an issue with them not being cut on the bias?

  21. Carol February 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Well what a great idea and it looks lovely.
    I was supposed to be on a one day quilt workshop today but sadly, as I was the only one to put my name down, it was cancelled.
    Carol xx

  22. Barb - The Empty Nest Mom February 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    I put your button on my brand new blog because I love your site and I have this thing for chickens and fresh eggs. Great site.

  23. Neabear February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    When you make your scrappy bindings, do you cut them on the bias or with the grain? Making bindings is new to me so not sure how to do it.



  24. RETRO-Fabulous Blog February 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    super cute! I've yet to make a scrappy binding but yours looks so adorable, you've inspired me to give it a go!!

  25. Melanie@Crafty Cupboard February 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    I just had this moment of satisfaction knowing that I have 4 of the same fabric scraps as you. Ha ha ha!

    I always have that one funky corner… even if I carefully plan ahead.

  26. Lizzy February 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Super cute! Love it – especially the aqua fabric with the red and white flowers. Too cute! Who makes that?

  27. Becky February 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I've done scrappy binding's a few times. It totally works. In the process of going through my scraps this year, I have pulled out all of my long, various width scraps and I am currently in the process of doing some pre-made binding so I can just grab what looks good for future quilts. I hope it will save me time in the end.

  28. Angie February 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm #


  29. Slowpoke February 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I love your scrappy binding especially with all your lovely fabrics. I,too have yet to make one, but I really like the look of them so maybe someday…..
    I too have a question about a fabric.
    In your post on February 6, you show a beautiful stack of fabrics you bought in Las Vegas. Please, what is the top gray one called or from what designer or collection is it? It is just perfect! I have never seen it before and here in Canada, we don't have all the fabrics you do. Thank goodness for the internet. I'm into a gray, red and white phase at the moment so I would dearly love to be able to purchase some, unless it is a discontinued line. Please let me know if you have the time? I look forward to seeing what you will create with that lovely stash and yes, the pink dots are adorable!
    Good Luck with Baby Girl. Very gratefully yours, Luba

  30. Ellomee February 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Great idea! I take my leftover binding and combine as you did. I have all sorts of prints and colors combined and plan to use for my many quilt block exchange scrap quilts. Nice way to have binding ready to go and also a way to not lose all those binding tails!

  31. Lotti February 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Ooh looking very pretty

  32. quilt happy February 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    love your idea you always have scraps

  33. toots2u February 12, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Looks pretty! I love the quilting too!

  34. true2beeme February 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    I am doing scrappy more and more as I love it…but never remember to think out the seam and corner piece- sometimes I get luckier than others! This one is so pretty…

  35. daisy and jack February 13, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    love the scrappy binding – and I've been caught out on seams at the corner !

  36. Carla February 13, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    I love scrappy bindings.
    Love yours.

  37. ~ Julie ~ February 13, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    I've never used a scrappy binding, but why not? We make scrappy quilts! :)

  38. b1c8e906-1b6a-11e1-81bf-000bcdcb8a73 February 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I did this type of binding on my 1st grandchild's quilt. It really made the quilt.

  39. Claire Jain February 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    I love scrappy bindings. That's a solid plan :-)

  40. Rebeccarama February 14, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    this is so cute! i want to try this now. and i'm so glad to hear that a great sewer like you has funky corners too!

  41. Sandra (Cherry Heart) February 14, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Cute idea – can't wait to see the finished item!

    S x

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  43. able mabel February 16, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    LOVE this idea! Especially since I have so many scraps to use up!

  44. Sherry February 16, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I love scrappy bindings! Most of my quilts have scrappy bindings. :)

  45. The Buck Family January 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    I am so glad you said, "There's always a funky corner." Try as I might, and during the initial phase they all look great, I always have one funky corner.
    Thank you!

  46. Nanette langton April 20, 2020 at 4:40 am #

    Love the scrappy binding

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