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Frequently Asked Questions...

I have an old quilt that I had new binding put on, the new binding is to bright.?

How can I make the binding more of a pastel or look older?

Best Answer...


You have to be careful, because anything you do the binding has a chance of bleeding onto the quilt. If the colors of the main quilt look aged and darker and the binding is LIGHTER and bright, you could try tea-dying the binding. This would make it look older and sort of tan. This works best for light colors - it's a great way to make white fabric look softer and aged. Even so, you'd have to apply it very carefully, and if you can't wash the entire quilt, it could be a bit of a mess.

If the binding is DARKER than the quilt because the quilt has faded, you have a trickier situation. In order to remove color, you'd have to bleach it in some way, and that runs a huge risk of damaging the quilt. Even if you can do it without damage, you'll have a very difficult time getting it even, and exactly the right color.

You probably don't want to hear this, but your safest course would be to remove the binding and get new fabric that matches more closely. There are a number of fabric lines out there that are made to look like older fabrics. Failing that, after removing the binding you could try to treat the binding separately, either darkening or lightening to the correct colors, then washing it and re-attaching it to the quilt.