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The quilt is nearly bound, but how do you smoothly join the beginning and ending binding tails? Watch Sherri Bain Drivers quick guide to joining the ends of double-fold quilt binding.
Joining Binding Ends
When approaching the starting point, stop stitching at least 12″ from where you started. Align raw edges of binding with cut edge of quilt sandwich. Open ending tail of binding and pin in place.
Open beginning tail of binding and smooth it over ending tail, keeping binding raw edge aligned with cut edge of quilt sandwich. Draw 45° line on ending tail, tracing along trimmed edge of beginning tail.
Draw a second line 1/2″ out from the first drawn line, making sure 2nd drawn line adds 1/2″ to the length of binding strip.
Cut on 2nd line.
Place binding cut edges right sides together, aligning cut edges and offsetting points so strips match 1/4″ from edge. Sew seam and press open.
Press loose portion of binding in half lengthwise. Align with edge of quilt and finish stitching binding to quilt.
Fold binding to back, far enough to cover trimmed edges snuggly and cover the stitches that attach the binding to the quilt.