Hi everyone, welcome to the Quilt Binding
Quilting Quicky with Whitney Sews. To start measure the entire outer edge of your quilt
after it has been squared up and add at least 10 inches for the corners and joining the
ends. Divide that number by 40 to know how many strips to cut. The width you decide on
is up to you. Many people choose to use 2 ¼ inches wide, but I prefer 2 ½ inches.
Lay two strips as shown and using a ruler mark from corner to corner. I like to double
check that I marked the correct direction before sewing. Add pins if needed then sew
along the marked line. Cut the excess material down to ¼ inch. Press the seam open and repeat
until all your strips are joined. Fold the long strip in half with the pretty
sides on the outside and press with an iron. There are several ways to bind a quilt and
I’m going to show my favorite which I feel is the easiest. With your quilt backing side
up lay the binding with the raw edge lined up with the quilt edge. You will want to leave
about 6 inches of the binding unsewn at the end to attach the other end to later. Sew
along the edge with a ¼ inch seam allowance. When you get ¼ inch from the corner stop
and sew off the edge to the point. You will then take the quilt out from under the presser
foot and fold the binding back at a 45 degree angle. Then back on itself so the fold is
straight with the side of the edge you just sewed and the unsewn part is going down along
the next side. Start sewing along the new side until you get to the next corner. Repeat
for all four corners and sew until you around about 10 inches from where you began to sew.
Ok, so here we are at the sewing machine and I’m going to go over all those steps again
as I show them. I started about 6 inches from the end of the binding. If you’re newer at
this feel free to leave a longer tail. Sew down the side ¼ inch from the edge. When
you get ¼ inch from the end sew off at an angle to the corner. Pull the quilt out from
under the presser foot and fold the binding over at a 45 degree angle then fold it again
so the fold is even with the side you just sewed. Start sewing again at the fold and
continue down the side until you reach the next corner.
As you can see I have about 12 inches left unsewn and a tail of the binding on each end.
Bring one end of the binding back around and unfold it. Lay it on top of the area where
the binding overlaps and trim of the excess. This way the binding ends overlap the exact
same amount as the width of your binding – 2.5 inches in my case. Join the binding ends the
same way all the fabric strips were joined together earlier to create the binding. I
ALWAYS lay the two opened ends on each other and pin and check to make sure I layed them
the right way and there aren’t any twists before sewing. Once you know they are lined
up right mark from corner to corner, pin, and sew along the marked line.
I ended up with my join right on top of a seam already in my binding, but that happens
sometimes and it’s totally fine. Trim away the excess seam allowance and press the seam
flat then press the binding back in half. The binding should lay flat now and fit perfectly
in the unsewn space. Finish sewing it down following the ¼ inch seam allowance like
before. Pull the folded edge of the binding around
to the front, encasing the raw edges and batting inside. For the corners bring the binding
around down the side all the way to the end. Then bring the next side over, it should make
a nice mitered looking corner. To finish off the binding simply top stitch
along the folded edge to attach it down . Take it slowly and adjust the binding as you go.
Try to pull the binding around to the front evenly as you sew or it will end up having
a sort of twisted look to it. I will sew up to the corners where the miter is making sure
the needle is down in the binding on the side I’m about to sew down then lift the presser
foot, rotate the quilt, and sew down the next side.
And here is how the finished binding looks. My stitching line is pretty far in on the
backing and that is because I like to use the 2 ½ inch binding instead of 2 ¼ inch
and the quilt batting I used is very low loft. So take those things into consideration when
you are working on your quilt. Make sure to like and share if this video was helpful and
let me know in the comments what quilting technique you want me to cover in another
quilting quickly video. Until next time, Happy Sewing!