Binding a quilt can sometimes be a little daunting, and if you don’t do it properly you may spoil all the hard work you’ve put into your quilt. Here is how I bind my quilts.
Before you can begin binding, you need to measure your quilt to determine the length of binding you will need.
I like to cut a 2,5″ strip, and fabric only comes in 45″ widths (quilter’s cotton), so you will have to join your strips. Most quilters use a diagonal seam to join their strips, but because I always seem to get my right and wrongs sides of the strips wrong when you press your diagonal seams open, I stick to a vertical join.
- Measure your quilt to determine the length of binding you need, at 5 or so inches.
- Cut 2,5″ strips from your chosen binding fabric, and join the strips so that they measure the length you determine in step 1.
- Press your joins open – this reduces bulk in your binding.
- Press your strip (the long joined one) in half, so that your binding measures 1,25″ in width.
You have your strip of fabric, and you’re almost ready to attach it to your fabric. First fold a triangle on the corner where you are going to start and then fold the binding in half again. Press this well.
I use my walking foot to attach binding to my quilts. You can use your quarter inch foot as well, but I like the added assistance that the walking foot gives me with all the different layers of fabric and batting. You do want to maintain a quarter inch seam.
Open up your binding so that you can see the first triangle fold that you made a moment ago. Stitch down the open piece for 2 or 3″, stop and trim your thread.
Pull the quilt binding clips closer and fold your binding over the edge. Continue all around your quilt, paying special attention to your corner folds.
Most quilters prefer to finish off the binding by hand. I don’t! The binding clips have a line on the flat side that aligns with the front and gives you an indication of where your stitching will go if you stitched in the ditch of the binding.
I also like to add some decorative stitching to my quilts at this point, and it also make sure that I catch the back of the binding.
That’s it! We’re done!