If you are making a mat or a mini quilt or hanging you will now bind your quilt. You may already have a ‘favourite’ binding method – that’s fine. If you haven’t added binding before
Let’s sew Along!!
1. Take your binding strips and join so that it is long enough to go all around with a few inches to spare.
While we didn’t need our binding cut on the bias, because we are only joining it on straight edges, we will still join it on the angle to reduce bulk.
1(a) Place your strips – one horizontal and one vertical. If you leave a little at the end, it makes it easy to see where you are going to mark it – simply where they meet. Mark that line.
1(b) sew along the line
1(c) Trim to 1/4″
2. Fold your binding strip in half and press.
4. Flip the binding strip back so that it is now laying down the side on the right, making sure that you only pull it down until the fold is even with the top edge.
7. Mark the fold in the top layer
8. Open the binding strips and cut right across at that second mark on both pieces – make sure you are cutting on the seam allowance line not the seam line.
9. I now marked the fold line and the seam line on both pieces to demonstrate
10. I will use those marks to help me pin the two ends together (note: they will be sitting at right angles to one another like when we joined our strips – it is just a bit hard to see that properly in the photos) – one side….
13. Fold the binding to the front side so that it just covers the stitching and pin . I am placing my pins just inside the edge on this side….
and so they are right beside the binding on the back….
14. Sew along the edge (where we had it pinned) until you get to the corner, where you will see the stitching going along the other side. Stop just before reach that point.
16. On the front of the quilt, you will have a neat row of stitching …..
and on the back, the stitching will run along the binding. Don’t worry if it wanders a bit – like everything, it will get better with practice! (I apologise for the flash but I think you can still see)
The corner on the front …..
and the back ….
If you wish to, you could hand stitch the mitres. If you added a rod pocket, you now slip stitch the folded edge to the back of the quilt.
Congratulations!!! I hope you are happy with your mini quilt/wall hanging – I can’t wait to see some photos.
Thank you for Sewing Along !!
Until next time