Most quilts need a binding and there are several ways to bind a quilt, this is my favourite way showing half an inch on the front when complete.

Cut strips 3 1/2″ wide and join strips diagonally. Trim off at 1/4″. Press seams open. Fold in half and press.

Calculate roughly how much you need by adding up the sides plus approx 10″ extra.

For example if all sides are 15″ would need 60″ plus 10″ you make up a length of 70″.

Check length and positioning of binding by roughly laying it round making sure you don’t have a join in any of the corners, leaving a loose length at the start.

Remove all check pins leaving the start pin in.

Start machining at that pin point 1/2″ in from the edge. Line up the foot with the outside edge and move your needle over to the left for 1/2″.

Stitch to the first corner and stop a half inch from the end, turn diagonally and stitch to the corner. Cut thread.

Take work out and gently pull the binding straight up so it is line with the next edge. Finger press.

Then fold the binding straight down so it’s in line with the next edge and the fold is in line with the previous edge. This will give you the perfect mitred corner when turned to the back.

Start stitching approx 1/2″ down from the top and reverse stitch to the top edge. (This avoids a thread birdsnest!)

Stitch to the next corner and repeat the process.

Stop machining when you are approx 10″ from the start.

Cut a couple of inches off the longest piece of binding to use as a measure for cutting the ends.

Open this piece out and lay on top of the left side binding.(Make sure it’s round the right way).

Then lay the right side binding on top firmly and cut off in line with the left side of the offcut.

Remove the off cut.

Open out both bindings and pin the ends together diagonally. Draw a line. This is a bit tricky so double check you haven’t twisted it! (I always pin and check before I machine).

Machine along marked line and double check the length is going to fit nicely again before trimming off.

Pin at right angles to the edge and machine to the start removing pins as you go to stop the fabric from moving.

Turn all the edges over to the back and pin/peg.

Mitre the corners neatly by finger pressing the corner and folding over. Peg to hold.

Finally hand stitch the back mitring the corners neatly.

This poinsettia fabric was the perfect match for this little quilt showing as much as possible was ideal.

Pattern can be found here…