Easy Quilt Binding Instructions
These free instructions are for binding a quilt. The method
brings the backing fabric to the front of the quilt to create the binding. It is a very simple
method that results in perfect corners and very little hand sewing.
Step 1: Measuring
Make the quilt top. Cut the batting the same
size as the quilt top. Cut the backing fabric larger than the quilt top
and batting. How much larger?
If you want your binding to be 2 inches wide,
then cut the backing fabric 4 inches wider on all sides.
For example: If your quilt top is
20"x30" and you want a 2" wide binding, cut the back
Step 2: Quilting
Square up your quilted quilt top. This is the
time to do it. After the back is quilted on, you won't be able to make any
changes to the edges.
Make the quilt sandwich. Be sure that the
quilt top and batting are exactly centered in the backing fabric.
Pin everything in place and quilt. Be careful
not to catch the loose sides of the backing fabric as you sew.
You have a choice, you can either quilt from
the front or from the back. Remember, use an appropriate color thread as
the top is going to be quilted twice. In Step 3 you can see the second
layer of quilting done in red thread.
Step 3: Reduce Bulk
Cut off the corners of the backing fabric to
Fold the point of the backing fabric in to the
corner of the quilt top to determine where to cut. The fold line is the
place to cut.
To make it easier to visualize, fold the
corner so that point A meets point B. It doesn't need to be exact, you're
not going to see the cut edge. You just need to get rid of some of the
fabric so your corners aren't too thick.
Step 4: Fold Corner
Fold the truncated corner of the backing
fabric in at exactly the point of the quilt top. Pin in place.
Step 5: Fold Over Edges
Start folding over the edges of the backing
fabric. Make sure it is folded over exactly along the edge of the batting.
Pin in place.
When you get to the corner, tuck the raw edge
under. This is where the beautiful mitered corners will start to show.
Step 6: Finish Corner
Finish turning the other edge and the other
half of the corner.
(Note: I goofed when cutting the backing
fabric for this piece. The bottom edge shown in the photo was an inch too
short. I'll fix this in the next step.)
Step 7: Turn Edges Under
Turn under half the width of the excess
fabric. Pin in place.
(To fix the problem shown in Step6: I wanted
2" binding, so there should have been 4" of backing fabric
extending past the quilt. Instead it was only 3", so I only turned
under 1" to give a 2" wide binding.)
Step 8: Sew Binding
Now sew down the binding. It can be hand sewn
or machine sewn.
I like to hand sew the corners and machine
stitch the perimeter.
If you need to add a sleeve, make a fabric
tube using the same fabric as the backing and hand stitch it on.
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