Your homemade quilt has been cut, pieced, layered and quilted, so now it's time for the final binding. Sewing a continuous binding around the perimeter of a rectangular quilt will result in four sharp, neat inside corners, but quilts composed of geometrically shaped blocks with angled outer edges will need binding along many inside corners. Binding strips, cut in even widths along the grain or on a bias -- culled from leftover backing fabric, multicolored material or assorted fabric scraps -- are stitched together and attached to the outer quilt edge, finishing the piece.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Sharp scissors
- Binding strips in widths of 2 to 2.5 inches
- Sewing machine
- Neutral colored or invisible thread
- Sewing pins
- Sewing needle
Measure the perimeter of the quilt with a measuring tape and stitch together enough binding strips end-to-end to equal the total plus 14 inches.
Stitch a 1/8-inch seam along the outside edge of the quilt and trim the batting and backing edges even with the front using sharp scissors.
Make small cuts at the center of every inside angle of the piece without cutting through the 1/8-inch seam. The cuts will be covered by the finished binding.
Pin the binding strip to the quilt, leaving several inches free at the beginning end for finishing. Matching the outside raw edges, right sides facing, stitch the binding to the quilt using a 1/4-inch seam.
Sew to the center of the first inside corner and stop the machine, leaving the needle in the fabric. Lift the presser foot and turn the fabric until even with the corner's other edge.
Move the fabric below the corner cut to the left until it's in a straight line with the fabric above the cut. Align the binding even with the quilt's raw edge and stitch into place.
Finish stitching the binding to the quilt, repeating the pinning and stitching process at every inside corner. Stitch the final binding seam, cutting off extra fabric ends. Finish binding the quilt and trim all thread tails close to the fabric.
Turn the binding to the back and hand stitch it to the quilt, making small, neat or invisible stitches. Fold, adjust and pin a mitered corner on the quilt's front side at every inside corner.
Run the sewing needle up through the center of the corner and secure the miter at the front with two tight stitches before removing the pin. Continue stitching along the back to finish binding.
Tips & Warnings
- Press all binding strip seams to one side before binding to lessen bunching.
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