Wednesday, November 30, 2011


The following instructions are how I make my binding and how I sew it onto my quilt. I'm doing this for the ladies in the quilt class I've been teaching for the past 4 weeks.
Cut your strips (selvage to selvage) 2 1/4" wide. Place one strip right side up and place the second strip across right side down. Leave a small amount at the top of the first strip and to the right of the second strip. Sew diagonally from top left to bottom right.

See stitching line below.

Trim excess.

Press seam open.

Then press the strip along the length wrong sides together.

I roll my binding strip on a tissue paper roll, then thread a ribbon thru the center of the roll and tie it in an overhand knot and slip over my head to hang around my neck. This lets the binding strip roll off the roll without getting all twisted up or falling off your lap and rolling under the table. (Ask me how I know this?)

Trim the excess back and batting from the edge of the quilted top. Beginning about half way down one side of the quilt, leave 8-10" of the binding and begin sewing to the quilt. Place the raw edges against the edge of the quilt top and sew 1/4" seam. (If you have a walking or even feed foot, it is a good idea to use it when sewing on your binding.)

When you get 1/4" from the end of the first side, pivot your piece and sew diagonally off the edge of the quilt at the corner. (above) Then turn your piece, fold back the binding on the diagonal

then fold the binding back along the edge of the next side

and continue sewing to the next corner.

When you get back to the first side, stop sewing at least 12 to 15" before where you began sewing on the binding. Fold back each end of the binding strip and let the folded ends meet in the middle.

I've inserted a piece of white paper here so you can see that they just barely meet. Do not overlap nor leave too much space. Finger press the fold where you will definitely have a crease where it is folded. With the quilt positioned as you were sewing, take the bottom strip and place it right side up. Then take the top strip and place it right side down in the same position you had when you were sewing your binding strips together.

Be sure to match up the folds in both directions. Sew from the top left corner to the bottom right corner just like you did when sewing your binding strips together.

Fold the strip back and see how it fits on the quilt. If it is too loose or too tight, you'll need to unsew, and start over with the folding of the ends of the binding strips, etc.

If it's just right, trim the ends (like you did before with the binding strips)

Finger press the seam open

Then refold the binding strip and finish sewing it to the quilt.

Turn the binding to the back side of the quilt, pin in place, then hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt.

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