An Easy way to sew the binding on your quilt top

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura and I’m ready to sew the binding on my quilt. In a previous episode I did make the binding and I’ll put a link in the description for you if you’d like to follow along with that, but in the meanwhile the binding has been made and it’s ready to go on to the quilt. There are a lot of ways to stop and start your binding when you put it on your quilt. Today I’m going to show you a method where your beginning and your ending overlap and fit inside of one another. And it is a very easy way, you do not have to pre-measure and you’re able to when you come to the end you’re just able to stop. So let me show you a close-up of the way you need to press the beginning corner, and that’s the key to this entire project. So here’s the close-up of how you’re going to do you’re starting corner. Open up your fabric all the way. Take this and fold it on a 45° angle and give it a bit of a press. Next fold this again back on its original fold line and press it again. The next thing you’re going to do is you’re going to trim along that 45° angle and just with a pair of scissors it’s fine. And if you flip it over you’re going to be able to trim off that tail. So when it folds onto itself you have that nice corner. So my edge is all trimmed and ready to go and this is the starting edge. And I have a quarter-inch seam allowance—or thereabouts—so that I have a nice folded edge on here and this is the corner I’m going to start with. Now when you’re going to start it’s really best to start at the bottom half on the side of the quilt because for some reason the eye just doesn’t notice it as much as it would notice it on the top or the bottom. And do not start with the corner because well that will just make your life difficult. So now I have all of this binding and there are many different ways of storing it before it gets through to the machine, but I find the easiest way is just take your end that you’re going to finish with and I just roll it in a bowl or some kind of container, and this is going to go on the floor beside my machine and it’ll just pull through ever so nicely and it’s no tangling and it’s going to be nice and clean. So I’ve started at the bottom half of the quilt edge and I’ve lined up all of the raw edges along here. And so I’m going to be able to sew a quarter-inch all the way. And I like to start just a little bit past this point and you’re going to go right over this and just be careful that you’re not going to stitch that to flip over. And you’re just going to continue to sew a quarter-inch all the way until you get to the corner. And when you reach the corner you’re going to stop at a quarter- inch from this corner up, so you want that court needle to stop a quarter-inch in there. Now how are you going to know where your quarter-inch is? There’s a couple of ways you can do it. You can put a pin here right at the edge of the fabric and you can measure up the quarter inch or you can use your foot. On the foot there are little markings. So by placing this foot on a ruler with a quarter inch mark I can see that line right there is a quarter-inch marking line. So I’m able to stop at that line and I know my needle will be at a quarter-inch mark. Getting to know your foot is a great thing. A lot of feet have marks on them so just take a moment and get to know your feet and those marks on your feet will save you a lot of time. So I’ve marked the edge here of my fabric and I’m just going to sew within a quarter inch of that mark. I know the mark on my foot is at a quarter inch so I’m fine. Now if you have a machine that knots itself, you can let it knot itself at that point. And now I can remove that pin. Okay, so we’ve stopped the quarter-inch in. Now you just take this edge of the fabric here and pinch it and pull it up to the top. So that edge is going to go up to that edge. Just pinch it and bring it up and straighten it. So that is how it’s going to look here and that’s how it’s going to look here. So you see the 45° in here, so this was the edge? Okay, now we’re ready to sew down this edge. You need to start within the quarter-inch of your seam allowance up at the top here. So you will put your needle down and then you are going to put your foot down and you’re just going to start sewing. Now if your machine gives you a little hard time here, it’s because it’s trying to sew over this hump. There’s a very easy way to solve that and help your machine along and it is with a padded nail file. So you’re going to put your needle in the fabric, lift up your foot, take this padded nail file, or you can use anything really that’s just going to raise a little bit, and you’re going to put that nail file right up against your fabric. Lower your foot and now what has happened it has kept the foot at a straight angle, not at a 45° angle so it’s not trying to fight going over this little hump, and you just start sewing. And you’ll see the nail file just will come off and there was no chance of you sewing over the nail file because the needle it was already in the fabric. So let’s get to the next corner. So I’ve come to the edge, I’ve used the marking on my foot to stop at the quarter-inch, lock it. Make your mark at that edge, take that edge, pull it up to the top, turn your fabric, put the foot down. Get your trusty old nail file, foot down, and we’re off to the next corner. So I worked all the way around with the binding, four corners are done, and I’ve come to the beginning so now I need to end this. Right here where this little point begins, lay your border over and just cut it at a 45° angle—just the top binding, not the bottom one. And this is what it looks like: You see you have a little bit of space in here but you’ve not cut ‘way into here. You want to be able to cut into this opening. Anywhere within the center is good. And then you’re going to take that point and you are just going to tuck it up inside those layers just like that. And then you’re going to continue to sew. Now if this little point comes out it’s really not a problem. You’re just able to tuck it right back in. So with this point inside those two layers, I like to put a [safety] pin in here. The reason is so that it keeps that little point inside. I use a safety pin instead of a straight pin just so that I don’t stab myself in the meanwhile. And I’ve just done the binding, not the back layer, and that’s just to prevent that tail from coming back out. So when you go to sew this and it turns around you will have a nice clean edge along there. Now the binding is all sewn on. Like I said the pin there is just to hold that little point in there and when I start sewing I will so that edge down first to secure it, take the pin out, and then hand stitch all the way around. The key to this and doing the corners is marking that with just a little pinch of your fingers so you know what edge it goes up, and if your machine gives a hard time you need to get something to get over that hump. Other than that it really is simple. Give it a try. I’m so glad you could join me today and, as always, feel free to subscribe and come back soon and let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now.