Binding a quilt

This is when you can see the ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’! The quilt is done and I’m now on the home stretch! It’s time to bind that baby!

There are many ways to complete your quilt – my preferred method is to machine the binding on and then turn it over and hand stitch to finish. Depending on the quilt, depends whether I hand stitch on the front or on the back – it’s a personal preference sometimes dictated by the quilt top.

Whether using binding you prepared earlier or a bought one (it could even be blanket ribbon or grosgrain) attaching it to your finished quilt is the last stage to completing your labour of love!

I often use my own handprinted fabric to finish, especially if I’ve gone to the trouble of using the same in the quilt. With some bindings, they have been folded (in half and then half again) to create four panels. This can make attaching a lot easier as the fold lines act as a sewing guide. I line up the right hand edge of the binding to the edge of the quilt, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and then I machine stitch along that first fold-line.

In these pics, I’ve used a fairly narrow one ( overall width was 2.5″) and so my finished binding will be roughly a quarter of that. Be aware if you are using a narrow binding, that it will ‘suit’ your quilt. By this I mean, a narrow binding is fine if it is for a small quilt or one that doesn’t have a lot of loft or isn’t too bulky. Of course though, it is your creation and you can do as you desire. For me, if I have a thicker quilt I personally prefer a wider binding.

I’m now a fan of the mitred corner. It’s quite a nice, neat finish so I will normally fold and crease my corner (sometimes I do put a pin in to mark where to stop stitching as it can be hard to see) and then reinforce with a couple of stitches. Then I re-position the quilt and binding and begin from the corner fold and then continue as I did along the next edge. I do this for all four sides.

Once all four sides have been stitched it’s a matter of turning the rest of the binding over and securing either with pins or clips, ready for your hand stitching. Some adjustment is sometimes necessary for your corners (on both sides) to ensure they stay neat. I put a few stitches in to secure them.

And that’s a wrap!

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