I confess … I am not an expert seamstress/tailor or someone who sews a lot … soooo I did some research online trying to find out HOW to fix them but found nothing. Found one blog where a lady repairs some (patches) quilts but no real fix or ideas of how to repair the edging. I tried to find blanket binding or even bias tape to fix my pink quilt to no avail.
So here’s what I did (for the pink one):
I bought pink cotton fabric in a shade that most closely matched the pink on the backside of the quilt.
Measured the edging on the quilt.
Cut out strips of this measurement and sewed them together.
Next I folded the strips in half lengthwise and ironed them.
Then I folded in the raw edges to meet in the middle using the first ironed down ‘seam’ as a guide. Then ironed them down.
Finally, I folded the strips in half one more time and re-ironed.
AND there you have it … blanket binding!
The hardest part was hand sewing it on. I thought about sewing it on with my machine but since the quilt was handmade and hand sewn I thought it best to hand sew it on … staying true to its origins.
I think it turned out pretty good! It may not be done the proper way but it worked for me and it will be good for another generation!
Next up … rebinding the second hand me down quilt … soon and pictures to follow. This one I did find a binding that I thought mostly closely matched the style of the quilt, since it is a multi-colored pattern … I really wanted to find a sea green fabric and do it as I did the pink quilt above but I’ve looked and looked and never found one so I’ll be using a beigy/cream colored binding.