Quilt Binding Made Easy
By: TJ Wright
While binding a quilt is the last step of quilt making, it is just as important as the first step. I will show you how I like to make bindings for my quilts. This technique is a double fold over binding that helps to reinforce the edges of your quilt for its lifetime. Let’s get started.
Prepare Your Quilt For Binding
Start by trimming backing and batting ¼" away from the quilt top. See Photo 1.
How Much Quilt Binding Do I Need?
Measure all four sides of your quilt to get the perimeter measurement and add 10". With this measurement use the guide to reference how much yardage and number of strips required to bind your quilt.
How To Sew Quilt Binding Together
With right sides together, position binding strips as shown, sew diagonally from corner to corner and trim. See photo 2. Continue sewing remaining strips needed for your quilt.
Press seams open, then fold strip in half-length wise with wrong sides together. See photos 3 and 4.
Before sewing binding to quilt I like to check to see where binding seams are landing. Adjustments can be made if binding seams are falling on a corner.
How To Sew Quilt Binding To Quilt
Leaving 6" free, using a walking foot start sewing binding in place on front side of quilt with ½" seam allowance. Stop sewing ½" from the end then sew 45° angle to the corner. See photos 5 and 6.
How To Turn The Corner When Sewing Quilt Binding
To turn the corner, you will position binding strip at 45° by folding backward and then come back down corners as shown. See photos 7 thru 10.
How To Join The Beginning And End Of Your Quilt Binding
Overlap the beginning strip and ending strip with each other by 3⅛" and trim. With right sides together position as shown and sew diagonally from corner to corner. Trim and press the seam open. See photos 11 and 12.
Now that the ends are sewn together, fold, press and sew in place. See photo 13.
How To Press And Finish Stitching Binding In Place
Fold the binding towards the outside edge of quilt and press sides and corners. See photo 14.
Turn your quilt over and fold over the binding to backside and press in place on all four sides and miter the corners. See photos 15 and 16.
Last steps get a cup of coffee, find a Netflix show to binge watch, thread some needles and stitch the binding in place.
This technique is my go-to and have used it for years. My hope is that it will be yours as well and if you are looking for art quilt inspiration subscribe to my email list fun and easy ways to use Mini Art Quilts http://www.tjwrightquilts.com
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