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.


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


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



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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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