I got asked many times if I had a quick and easy tutorial on bindings. There are a few ways of making a binding for a quilt and I will share all of them on my blog as well as a free tutorial to download via my shop
Let’s start with the easy way but I will share other methods on my blog soon.
Cut your binding strips, 2 ½” or 2 ¼” wide and press them in half, wrong sides together.
Take two strips and lay the ends on top of each other, right sides together. Place one strip horizontally and the other vertically. Pin and draw a diagonal line.
Now sew along the drawn line.
Trim excess, a ¼” seam.
Press seams open and press strip in half again. Assemble all strips.
Before attaching the binding, take an end of the binding and fold a half square triangle, like indicated.
Now attach the binding, open it and sew with a ¼” seam about 4 “ along the binding, leaving it open as shown.
Close the strip and continue sewing where you ended before. We need this pocket to finish the binding later.
Sew to the first corner, stop a ¼” before the corner,and. secure stitch. To stop exactly at ¼” pin or mark with a pen.
Fold the binding up, in a 45 degree angle. Make sure the outer edge is aligned with the quilt. Hold it and…
… now fold it down. Align the binding with the quilt edge.
Start sewing at the top edge, secure stitch at the beginning.
The finish. Trim the end of the binding so it fits in the little pocket that you left open at the beginning.
Put it in and sew over it. Finished. Now you can go ahead, fold the binding over and whip stitch or machine stitch it on the back.
I hope this little guide is useful for you. Please show me how you get on with your bindings and tag me on instagram using #easybinding and @martinalatimer_atsarahs