Friday, July 1, 2011

Mauby's Binding Series. Part Six: Wrap Around Binding


Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Wrap Around Binding

Sometimes I like to finish binding things like place mats, table runners or small quilted items by wrapping the backing around and then attaching it to the front.  

1.  Baste the edges of the quilt.  Then trim ONLY the quilt top and the batting to within 1/4" of the baste stitches.
2.  Trim down the the backing so that it extends only 1" or  1 1/2" from the edge of the quilt top.
3.  Fold each corner so that the edge of the fold lines up with the corner of the quilt top.
4.  Unfold.
 5.  Fold the corner again to meet at the previous fold line.
6.  Unfold 
7.  Cut the corner off on the second fold line. 
8.  Refold on the first line (step 3).
9.  Fold the straight edges in to meet at the edge of the quilt top. 
10.  Fold edges at the point where they meet the top of the quilt, folding the binding over the top of the quilt and  making the corners meet (mitered corners).  See below picture. 
11.  Stitch the mitered corners closed first. (I use a slip stitch, but you can also just sew it by machine.)
12.  Attach the rest of the binding to the quilt either by hand stitching or machine stitching. 
 Voila!
Back: 
Front and Back:

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