Time for Binding

My “Spring” wall-hanging is ready for binding.

Ready for binding

I use the french-fold binding technique for my quilts. For smaller quilts or wall-hangings I cut 2″ strips and sew them together using 45° seams to get the length of binding that I need.

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Then I press the strip in half, wrong sides together.

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I cut a 45° angle at the end of the strip.

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Then I fold down the edge of the angle about 1/4″ .

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Here it is pressed and ready to sew onto the quilt.

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The prepared binding is laid on the front side of the quilt, with raw edges of the binding matching the raw edges of the quilt. I usually start sewing the binding down along the right side, bottom corner of the quilt.

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When I come to a corner I stop sewing about 1/4″ from the end of the quilt and back-stitch. Then remove the quilt from the machine.

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I fold the binding back at a 45° angle and finger-press.

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Then fold the binding back down along the quilt, lining up the raw edges of the binding with the raw edges of the quilt again. I begin sewing at the top of the corner, back-stitching a few stitches. Then continue sewing the binding onto the quilt using the same technique at each corner.

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When I’ve sewed around the entire quilt reaching the point I began, I trim off the extra binding leaving just enough to tuck into the 45° I created at the beginning of the binding. I then continue sewing about an inch past my original starting point.

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It makes a nice finished look. Next is whip-stitching the binding to the back of the quilt.

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