Today we are talking all about wonder clips, including why I love them, how to use them, where to buy them and why you will love them too!
WONDER BINDING CLIPS~
These are perfect for using with fabric that you don’t want any holes left in by pins. Like – Leather, plastic…those kind of fabrics.
They are also perfect for little hands that are just starting to sew and they aren’t ready to use the pins…or are afraid of pricking themselves with the pins they use. These are great for grabbing and clipping a few spots to hold in place while maneuvering the needle of the sewing machine. Perfect for clipping when you are hand or machine binding. Perfect for keeping little piles of fabric together so you don’t loose your place or your pieces.
They are perfect for a lot of situations.
In the pictures you see a curved binding. These clips are perfect for that. they keep things in place, but the fabric still have a little give and you won’t poke your finger tips with the pins while wrestling it all under the needle while stitching in place. You know what I’m talking about!
oh let me count the ways I love you.
You don’t poke my fingers like a pin…when I am wrapping my fingers around the quilt edge to prep for binding.
You don’t snag my thread when I’m stitching the bind on with my super long thread
You don’t get caught on the table because of your flat slim back.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Wonder clips— are wonderful.
Red Clover Wonder Binding Clip Details:
- they have a flat back so they won’t get caught on anything and can slide along your sewing machine plate easily if needed
- the back is CLEAR so you can see where it’s going
- there are tiny stripes on the backside for measuring- make sure your folds are all the same size
- the pinchers are easy to open- fingers won’t cramp up
- they hold very tightly and firm without damaging your fabric
- perfect for vinyl as they don’t cause holes
WONDER CLIPS FOR BINDING~
Typically I use mine for binding. You can substitute them any time during the sewing process– instead of pins, but binding seems to be where I use mine the most often.
Fold over your binding and clip in place along the edge. I don’t usually clip the whole quilt at once, I do a little section and then sew, then do some more.
You can experiment with them and see what process you like the best.
These hold very nicely the binding- and as you can see there is plenty of space for the needle to go and not get tangled with the clip.
There are other options to the clips— clothes pins, binder clips…they work all right but seem to be a little to pinchy and clunky for binding. Thread gets caught on those too easily.
There is some debate on whether the clover wonder clips or the cheaper brand clips are better. I say test a few out. I do find with the cheaper ones that sometimes the quality isn’t as great as the wonder clips– the spring sometimes doesn’t work or they close wrong. but overall for the money I don’t think you can go wrong for a few bum pieces.
Besides red- they have been seen in multiple colors….so you can pick your favorite!
AND- as if they weren’t totally awesome to begin with, they now come in a multiple sizes
Binding Clips Video~
Quick Summary — Clover Wonder Red Clips for Binding
- How to attach: Open the clip and pinch in place. The teeth will keep it secure.
- How to use: Instead of using pins for binding, use clips Reader Jennie offered additional information (thank you for sharing this!) They have a clear flat side and a rounded red side. For hand sewing it wouldn’t matter which side was up, but if you work on a sewing machine and have the red rounded side down they will hook on the edge of your machine and sewing table. However if you have the flat clear side down it rides up onto the bed of the machine very easily.
- Where to get it? Amazon or a local sewing machine shop. Comes in a 50 Pack or 100 Pack
- Why use it? For some fabric like leather, vinyl – these clips are handy. They don’t poke a hole in your fabric. Great for kids who are just beginning to sew as well.
- Read More: How to Bind Quilts
- Projects: Clear Plastic Project Bag & Fall Pumpkin Mug Rug
Where can you buy them?
I have picked them up at local quilt shops as well as on Amazon and Fat Quarter Shop
Do you have a tip for using these? Please share it in the comments-