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.
Step #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.
Step #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:
Step #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.
Step #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.
Step #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.
Step #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.
Step #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.
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:
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!