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Preparing Quilt for Binding
When quilting is complete, stitch a scant 1/4˝ inside quilt raw edges, through all layers. Trim backing and batting even with the raw edge of quilt top, making sure corners are trimmed to an accurate 90º angle.
Making Quilt Binding Strips
Quilt binding can be cut on the bias or straight of grain. Use a continuous strip of bias for a quilt that will be used frequently or has scalloped edges and rounded corners. Refer to "How To Make Continuous Bias" for making continuous bias binding. For bias or straight-grain double-fold binding, cut 2 1/2" wide strips of fabric and fold in half, wrong sides together.
Sherri Bain Driver demonstrates how to join quilt binding strips using diagonal seams. No lumps, no bumps, just smooth, perfect quilt binding, ready to apply.
Sew double-fold straight grain binding to your quilt for a classic finish. Sherri Bain Driver shares helpful tips and techniques, including mitering binding corners and joining binding ends.
The quilt is nearly bound, but how do you smoothly join the beginning and ending binding tails? Watch Sherri Bain Driver’s quick guide to joining the ends of double-fold quilt binding.
Sherri Bain Driver shows a basic blind-stitching technique for securing the folded edge of double-fold binding to the quilt backing. Includes tips for finishing mitered corners of the binding.
In response to questions below, our Associate Editor, Sherri Bain Driver, prepared the following:
There are several techniques for doing piped binding. The method I use has you stitching the covered yarn (I use perle cotton instead) directly to the binding, and then stitch that to the quilt. When I join binding ends on this type of piped binding, I unstitch a portion of the piping, pin it out of the way, and join binding ends just as these instructions say. Then I reconstruct that section of piping and sew it back onto the binding before finishing the binding. It’s kind of a long process, requiring leaving about 18” of the binding “talis” loose, but makes a lovely finish and camouflages the beginning and ending of the piped binding. I hope this helps!
Extra Wide Binding
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