Let’s talk about sewing clips – also known as quilting clips, binding clips and wonder clips. These handy little clips are an essential for anyone’s sewing stash, not just for quilters. They were originally intended for quilters, mainly used for attaching binding to quilts, and then people realised they come in handy for piecing too, to hold your pieces of fabric together whilst you stitch them.
They can be used in all kinds of sewing: dressmaking quilting, soft furnishings, bag making etc. Basically anything that requires holding multiple pieces of fabric together. They are much quicker and easier to attach than pins, and more easily removed whilst your fabric is under the needle.
Once you try them you’ll likely find you barely use pins again! I now only use pins when I need to attach fabric in the centre of another piece, such as pinning an applique onto fabric, or a patch pocket to a garment. The clips only work if you are holding fabric together on the edges, if you need to hold fabric together away from the edges you’ll need to use pins (take a look at our glass head pins here).
There’s a few instances where the sewing clips come in especially handy:
- When sewing waterproof fabrics, vinyl, cork or leather.