Binding is one of my favourite parts of making a quilt, when you get rid of all those untidy frayed edges and hide them away forever inside the binding. There are several ways to finish off your quilt but this is my favourite.

For small quilts I like to use this size…cut 2 1/4″ strips wide.The length will be the measurement of the perimeter plus a couple of extra feet for joining the ends.

Fold in half lengthwise and press. Always do a quick dummy run to make sure the joins in the binding don’t sit at the corners as this will be a bit lumpy for turning.

Start a little way from the first corner leaving a tail to join later. Set your needle at 1/4″ from the edge.

Mark a 1/4″ in from the end with a pin.

Stitch to the marker. Stop with needle down and turn the work to stitch to the corner. Cut thread and take work out of machine.

Fold the binding upwards parallel to the next side.

Then fold it downwards in line with the next edge and the fold in line with the previous edge.

Start sewing a little away from the top edge and reverse to the edge of the fold. Again with needle at 1/4″ from edge.

Machine to the next corner and repeat the process.

When this is folded over to the back it can be hand stitched.

Mitering the corner by pegging the top edge…

Then folding the other edge on top so the corner sits neatly ready to be stitched.

Which gives me a perfect pleat on the right side.

For a larger quilt I prefer a wider binding so I cut 3 1/2″ wide…

I set my needle at 1/2″ and repeat as before.

Mark the corner 1/2″ from the end with a pin.

Stop at marker and turn machine to stitch to the corner.

Proceed as before with the 1/4″ binding, but keeping 1/2″ from edge.

This gives a perfect corner on the right side.

This is a demo to show the comparison in width of binding…

Hope it helps…

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