Binding quilts is not my favorite thing to do. The only time I really enjoy it is if I have tons of time and a good movie playing. A couple of diet Mountain Dews helps too.... For a long time I viewed binding as a lot of hand stitching, but lately I have gotten into machine binding my quilts. I almost prefer to bind quilts this way.... almost.... there are times I still hand stitch my binding down after the initial sewing it onto the quilt. The fun thing about machine binding is the decorative edge it leaves. Sometimes a quilt, or table runner screams for the extra touch of decorative stitches.
Now, grab something to drink and snack on, this is going to be a bit of a long posting.... if you like my tutorial, remember to pin it for future use.... so here goes.... machine binding 101
|Then trim off all of the excess backing and batting....|
|For this project I am using a black seam binding made from 2 1/4" strips by wof, ironed in half lengthwise.|
|Line up your binding along the raw edge on the backside of your quilt, yes, the backside, leave about a 6" tail and then start sewing a 1/4" seam.|
|Stop your sewing a 1/4" from the edge.|
|Pull your quilt out from under the sewing machine foot. I give myself just enough space to work. Fold back the binding back on itself to create a 45 degree angle. Make sure the raw edge of the binding aligns with the raw edge of the quilt.|
|Then fold the binding back down upon quilt with the fold at the upper edge of the corner. You are making a mitered corner.|
|Stitch a 1/4" seam, backstitch for added strength. Sew until you reach a 1/4" from the corners edge. Then miter the corner as shown above. Continue to sew until you make it around your quilt... stop and leave a 'tail' and at least a 6-7" gap.|
|Here my 'tails' are shown.... and my 'gap'|
|Pin the beginning and ending tails until they meet 'halfway' lining up the raw edges... Make a very small clip with your scissors where all the layers of the binding meet. Take out the pins...|
|Open the ends of the binding up and put right sides together at right angles aligning the clip marks with the edges of the strips. Pin. Draw a stitching line from corner to corner.|
|Stitch on the line and then remove pins. Before you trim away the excess fabric, make sure the binding fits in place.|
|Trim away excess.|
|Pin in place and sew... remember a 1/4" seam.|
|Now it's time to machine sew your binding in place.|
|Fold your binding edge from the back to the front of the quilt, lining the edge of your binding with the sewing line.|
|Wonder Clips come in really handy to hold your binding in place as you sew. They also hold mitered corners nicely in place while you sew along.|
|I am using a buttonhole stitch, matching the size to some decorative stitching I had already done on the quilt.|
|Here's how my stitch looks on the top of my quilt...|
|Keep sewing all around until you're back at the beginning!|
|Here's how my binding turned out. I used brown thread because it matched the other stitching that I did, I used a cream bobbin thread, although I could have used black. It still looks pretty good.|
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on machine binding a quilt. It is fun to do, and you can experiment with different types of decorative stitches to add a little flair to your finished quilts.
Let's bind some quilts!