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“Quilting 101” Quilt-Along: Quilt Binding

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-Along

For those of you who are following the “Quilting 101″ quilt-along in 2011, we are now on step #5, our last step of our quilt-along.  Today, I’m going to guide you through the steps you need to follow in order to master quilt binding.  We will be making double fold binding with mitered corners, and sewing it on by hand. It’s not too late to join this “Quilting 101″ quilt-along in 2011 –just follow the before-mentioned link.

Step #1:  First, figure out how much binding you need, by following the before mentioned link for help.  Please realize though, I recommend cutting the binding 2.5 in size, instead of 2.25 like mentioned in the link I suggested.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #2:  We will be cutting our binding 2.5″ thick and on the bias (or the diagonal) of the fabric.  Using a right angle tool of some sort, cut a small right angle triangle off the bottom corner of your fabric.  Continue to cut the binding strips,  2.5″ wide, along the bias of the fabric, using a straight-edge and a rotary cutter.  Here’s a great How to Cut Bias Binding Video, if you would like additional information.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #3:  Find two corners where the slopes are running opposite directions, put right sides together, and pin.  It should look like the photo above.  And in case my picture above isn’t good enough, here’s another photo:

We will be making double fold binding with mitered corners.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #4: Sew a straight line along the two edges, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #5:  The results should look like this.  Continue to sew all your binding pieces together, until they are one big long piece, a piece that is as long as the entire perimeter of your quilt, plus 20 inches or so.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #6:  Iron all your seam allowances flat.  Find the end, or the beginning, either side will do, and iron it under like shown above.  Iron your binding in half, for the entire horizontal length of the binding strip.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #7:  Now, take your binding and your quilt over to your machine.  Starting with the end that is ironed over, open up your binding and sew it down for about 8 inches, locking your threads in at the beginning and the end.  Stop and cut your threads.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #8:  Fold the binding in half, along that ironed horizontal line, and starting where you left off, sew the binding to the quilt, sewing through both layers of the binding, and all the layers of your quilt, using 1/4″ seam allowance.  Stopping about a 1/4″ before you get to the end of the corner.  Lock your threads in, cut your threads, and pull your quilt out from your machine.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #9:  At the corners of the quilt, first you’ll pull the binding straight, and then fold it back on itself to make a right angle.  See pictures above.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #10:  Next, you’ll carefully pull the binding back down along the edge of the quilt, still keeping that right angle fold underneath.  Begin sewing again.  Do all the corners this same way.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #11:  When you get back around to where you started, you’re going to want to cut off any excess binding, and tuck the raw end of the binding in the little pocket that you previously made.  Be careful to cut the binding to the correct length, so that it’s long enough to hide in the pocket, at least an inch.

Quilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongQuilt Binding "Quilting 101" Quilt-AlongStep #12:  Smooth everything out, and sew the pocket closed, stopping about an inch past where you originally began at the very beginning.  Make sure to lock your threads in place again.

Step #13:  Your binding is now sewn onto the one side of your quilt.  Fold the binding over, to the other side of the quilt, and hand stitch it down.  Here’s a great tutorial on how to hand stitch bind invisibly –check it out.

If you’re still confused, here are a few other links that could help:

Making and Adding Binding

How to Bind a Quilt Video

Great!  I hope this tutorial was helpful.

On a side note, before I wrote this tutorial, I already finished my two quilts and mailed them off to my nieces.  Last night my sister confirmed that after just one day, a potty accident already happened and the quilt needed to be washed.  She confirmed that the quilt still looks just as beautiful!

order a custom made quiltStep #14:  Please, leave a comment below and let me know where you are in this quilt-along, what else I can do to help –I’m open to any thoughts, questions, or comments you might have.

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2 observations on ““Quilting 101” Quilt-Along: Quilt Binding
  1. pamela

    Hi Angela,

    Saw your intro on Utah Bloggers. I love your quilts. I am a quilter myself and love to meet and get to know new quilters, especially in Utah. Your work and etsy shop is beautiful!!

     
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  2. Ifat

    Your colour cciehos are lovely, I wish I had your vision of what alternatives to use. This is my first mystery quilt, so I have played safe and used Bonnie’s colours. Maybe next time I will loosely the temerity and go it alone on fabrics.

     
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