Finish your quilt beautifully with this tried-and-true method for binding. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!
Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions
- Cut number of 2½”-wide strips necessary to equal the perimeter of quilt plus 20″. Join strips with diagonal seams into one continuous piece. Press seams open.
- Press binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.TIP: For a satisfying “plump“ binding, we recommend cutting the batting and backing a scant 1⁄8″ larger all around than the quilt top.
- Begin in middle of one side of quilt. Leaving a 12″ tail of binding free, match raw edges of binding strip to raw edge of quilt top. Use an even-feed or walking foot to sew through all layers with ¼” seam.
- To miter corners, stop ¼” from corner, backstitch, and remove quilt from sewing machine.
- Rotate quilt a quarter turn and fold binding straight up, away from the corner, forming a 45-degree angle fold.
- Bring binding straight down in line with next edge, leaving top fold even with raw edge of previously sewn side.
- Sew through all layers from top edge of fold.
- In same manner, sew remaining sides and corners of quilt. Stop sewing about 8″ from starting point and leave about a 12″ tail.
- Bring beginning and end of binding to center of 8″ opening and fold each back, leaving a ¼” space between the two folds to allow for stretching of binding. Press.
- Open out binding and draw a line on the wrong side on fold line. Draw another line on lengthwise fold to create an X.
- Draw a line at a 45-degree angle from edge of binding through the X. Repeat for other end of binding. Lines must angle in same direction.
- Pin binding ends together with right sides facing, matching diagonal lines. Binding ends will be at right angles.
- Sew along diagonal line, removing pins as you sew.
- Check that binding is correct length, then trim ends ¼” from seam.
- Finger press seam open, fold binding in half and finish attaching to quilt. Press.
- Bring folded edge of binding to quilt back so it covers machine stitching. Blindstitch edge to quilt back.
- Take care to form 45-degree angle at corner. Sew mitered folds on both front and back of quilt.
Products used: Products used: Havel’s Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Havel’s 6″ x 24″ Fabric Ruler, Havel’s 6-½” Fabric Ruler, Havel’s 45mm Rotary Cutter, Havel’s 5½” Curved-Tip Embroidery Scissors. Check out Havel’s Sewing for more information and a complete catalog.
Other products include Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuchsia), pencil, glasshead pins, hand sewing needle, wool pressing pad, travel iron, starch.
Machine featured is the performance icon™ by PFAFF®. To find a retailer near you, visit PFAFF.com.
Fabric from Garden Glory collection by Maja Ronnback and Abstract Collage collection by Ampersand, both for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.
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