Monday, May 16, 2011

Mauby's Binding Series. Part Two: Attaching Binding with Mitered Corners

 Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Attaching Binding with Mitered Corners

Creating mitered corners on quilt binding used to sound so difficult, but it is really quite easy.  It's all about the fold, you will see. ;) 

For the following pictures I used a smaller quilt to make  viewing the how-to easier.  I also used a continuous strip of bias binding.  You can use the method you prefer for making binding.  The binding needs to total the entire outside of the quilt plus about 2 feet extra, give or take.

1. Choose the side of the quilt you want to start on and place the binding at about the halfway point of that side. 

Lay binding on top of your quilt, lining up raw edges of binding with raw edges of quilt. 

Start stitching the binding to the quilt about 10" - 12" from the start of the binding, leaving the first 10" -12" of the binding un-stitched.  Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. 

2.  Stop stitching about 1/4" from the edge. 

3.  Backstitch and then take your quilt out from under the sewing machine.  
Take the binding and fold it to the right of the side you just stitched, creating a 90 degree angle. 

4. Keeping the corner folded, turn the binding back to line up the raw edges of the binding with the raw edges of the quilt. 

Click on picture to see closer.
This is the mitered corner.

5.  Stitch all the way down this side, stopping about 1/4" before the end of the side. 

6.  Repeat steps 2 - 5 around the quilt.  Stopping when you get to the side you started on.  

7.  When you get to the side you started on sew until you get about 1 foot from where you started.  

8.  Open up the end of the binding where you started.  Straighten it, lining up the one edge of binding, as it would sit upon completion, with the edge of the quilt. Pin end to quilt. (see below)

9.  Lay the other end of binding out on top of the pinned end of binding.  Trim down the end of the non-pinned binding so that there is about 1" - 2" overlap of the binding. 

10.  Unpin the binding from the quilt. 
11.  Unfold the other end of the biding, so that both edges of both ends of the binding will lay flat.

12.  Pin the edges of the binding together. You want there to be enough extra to sew the ends of the binding together with a 1/4" seam allowance.  You also want the binding to lay fat on the quilt after stitching, re-folding and pressing.  

13.  Trim off excess binding from seam. 

14.  Refold the binding and press. 

15.  Stitch the open bit of binding to the quilt with a 1/4" seam allowance, overlapping stitches above and below the opening. 

Come back again this Thursday for instructions on how to hand stitch the binding to the back of your quilt. 

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