This is it – the final part of Making A Quilt! This is (to me) always the fiddliest bit and I like to take my time to make sure I get it right. It’s the finishing touch to most quilts – adding your binding. I’ve had some help from Miranda at the Eastbourne store with the instruction for this as there are many different ways to do this!!
For this stage you will need to measure each of your quilt sides and add this together. Now add another half metre and this is the total length of binding you will need. I would say make it at least 25mm wide. You can either make your own (see here) or buy ready made.
You will also need:
Rotary cutter (optional)
First trim off the excess wadding and backing fabric from your quilt edges using scissors or a rotary cutter.
Now you need to place the binding on right side of your quilt about a third of the way down matching raw edges together – leave a tail about 4 – 6 inches free. Pin in place.
Begin sewing about 6mm from the raw edge of your quilt (I use the first fold line on my binding as a guide).
When you get 6mm away from the first corner, stop with the needle down. Now pivot and sew at an angle to the corner and remove.
Fold your binding away from the quilt keeping the raw edges even.
Now fold back down keeping the fold in line with the edge at the corner and pinning in place.
Stitch from the edge down to the next corner using the same method as before.
Continue all the way around working each corner in the same way until you are about 4 – 6″ away from where you started.
Take your first binding tail and trim to the same width as the binding. Now fold it at a 90 degree angle with raw edges matching.
Lay the other binding tail on top and then continue machine stitching along the seam to finish attaching the binding.
Hand stitch along the diagonal join on your binding to close.
Now is the time to trim off any threads.
Turn your binding over the raw edges to the back of your quilt and pin at intervals to keep it in place.
Now you can machine stitch along the back but it may not be as neat a finish. For the best finish, hand stitch in place to cover the seam line using a slipstitch. As you get to a corner, you can fold it to form a neat mitre.
I hope you have enjoyed this series and it has given you a new way to look at quilt design. I find the most important thing to remember is to have fun and to sew for the love of it, for the joy of creating something personal that will be treasured for years to come.
Sarah – Web Assistant & Miranda – Dress Floor, Eastbourne Store