We all know there are a lot of binding tutorials out there but somehow when it comes time for me to actually finish my quilt (my absolute LEAST favorite step by the way) I always need to find some really great pictures to remind me what to do. So here are some hopefully simple and clear pictures to help you finish off your next quilt. This technique gives you nice square corners instead of rounded off corners.
Step 1: Cut your binding strips into the width you prefer. I really like the look of 2.25″ strips. It makes a finished .5″ binding. No need to cut on the bias for a quilt. It’s too much fuss as far as I’m concerned.
Step 2: You will probably end up with about 5 or 6 strips depending on how big your quilt is so now you need to piece them together. The reason I use the technique below is to reduce any unnecessary bulkiness in the seam.
Put two ends right side together at 90 degrees. You will sew a diagonal line from corner to corner. In the picture above you would sew from the top left corner to the bottom right most corner so it opens up into a straight line. Trim your seam allowance and press the seam open.
Step 3: Fold the binding in half and press with your iron.
Step 4: Start sewing your binding on. Start far away from a corner and leave about 4″ or 5″ of the end loose. This will make your life much easier later on and the more you leave un-sewn the easier it will be. After you’ve sewn around the quilt you will end up with two loose ends like the picture below. I used .25″ seam allowance.
Step 5: Corners! You will stop sewing .25″ from the end of the corner and back-stitch to secure the seam. Then fold the binding up creating a diagonal fold and, using your fingers to hold the fold in place, bring the binding down to follow the next seam. Start sewing again .25″ down from the corner, doing a back stitch to secure the seam.
Step 6: Once you’ve sewn all four sides you will stop about 5″-6″ from where you started, leaving a good amount of binding un-sewn. (I ran out of binding so didn’t get to have as long of ends as I would have liked)
Mark with a pin where your fabric will want to be sewn together to finish of your binding like in the picture above. The part below is the most difficult part. You will want to sew your seam just like you did before by opening up the binding, putting them at right angles, and sewing a diagonal line. Use your pins as a guide to where to start sewing.
Trim your seam allowance and it should lay nice and flat. Finish sewing the part you left un-sewn.Press and wrap around the binding to the back.Step 7: Now you will finish off the binding on the back. you have many options on how to do this. I am usually a strong believer in hand sewing it but for this fun Goodnight Moon quilt I decided it lent well to decorative stitching. However you decide to do it you’re done! Like the fabric? I used an organic cotton fabric from Cloud 9 Fabric’s Goodnight Moon Collection!