Binding adds the finishing touch to your quilt, especially if you have completed a quilt as you go project. In this case its essential to bind your quilt to cover the raw edges and give your quilt some stability on those edges.
What you need
So before you start you will want to do a quick calculation to make sure you have enough fabric to go around the outside of your quilt. We lay our quilt out and roughly measure all around the outside edge of the quilt. And remember it’s always better to have more binding than less.
- We make our bindings 2½” wide.
- For this baby quilt we cut 5 x 2½” strips across the width of the fabric.
Please Note: Please note that the information below is just a basic outline. Please refer to the video tutorial for step by step instructions.
Once you have your long strip of binding, fold it in half and give it a good press to get a nice crisp fold.
Now it needs to be attached to the edge of the quilt. Lay the raw edges of the binding to the raw edge of the quilt.
Start on one of the long edges.
Leave a tail piece of about 4″- 5″, which we don’t sew to the quilt. Now sew down the edge with a ¼” seam and stop ¼” from the corner.
Take the quilt out of the machine.
Fold the binding back at a 45º angle so that the binding runs parallel with the quilt.
Fold the binding back so that the folded edge is parallel with the side you have just sewn and is now laying along the edge of the quilt that is to be sewn next. Sew from the folded edge, along the edge of the quilt and again, stop ¼” from the next edge. Repeat the previous step until all four corners have been sewn.
On the last edge stop about 10″ from the loose tail piece that we left un-sewn at the start.
Cut a piece about 2″ from the end of the binding. You are going to use this as a measure. Lay this piece on top of the tail piece keeping the edge straight. Lay the other piece of binding that has yet to be sewn down flat over the tail piece and the measuring strip. You are now going to cut the top piece of binding only, along the edge of the measuring strip.
The purpose of cutting this piece from the end of the quilt is so that your overlap is the exact same size as your binding strip.
Join the two binding pieces together the same as you joined the binding at the start. Lay the two pieces one on top of the other, pin and check that the binding isn’t twisted, and sew from ‘V’ to ‘V’ on a 45º angle.
Trim the excess fabric, lay the edges together and finish sewing the binding to the quilt.
The pieces should fit nicely and the binding should lay flat. Stitch to finish.
Fold the binding to the quilt front and pin in place. Sew the binding in place trying to match it to the seam line on the back. But don’t stress if this seems too hard. Simply sew the binding with a cotton that matches your backing.
As you get to the corners, fold in the excess to form a nice neat miter.
Remember to watch the video for in-depth step by step instructions.