Binding a quilt can be a daunting process or a simple one. I ALWAYS use BIAS binding when finishing my quilt. WHY? Because it will always lay flatter. It does take more fabric to make bias binding, but it will be worth it when your quilt is done.
Here is my method for making bias binding.
First I make a square of fabric and then fold it up into a triangle. The larger the square, more bias can be made. For small quilts, my rule of thumb is use a 27″ square. (3/4 yard) The fold is on the bottom in this illustration.
Next cut straight up from the bottom to the top point, laying your rotary ruler on the fold on the bottom.
I GENTLY put the left hand piece over the right, lining up the cut edges, so I can cut 2 strips at a time.
Jo Morton cuts her binding 1 1/8″ for “single fold”. I’ve been making my binding like this since she told me about it several years ago and LOVE IT! It is smooth and durable. Continue cutting down your triangle until you have several strips cut. (The strips will get smaller lengthwise as you cut down the triangle.)
Here is an optional step, but it does help to make sewing your strips easier: (Point trimmers are sold in your local quilt shop.)
I do have 2 bias strips I’m cutting at time. (So there are 4 thicknesses.)
When you are done, it will look like this…
Lay another strip on top right sides together as shown below.
Using a 1/4″ seam, sew the strips together. (I generally chain piece this part by taking the free end of the top strip, flipping it and taking the next strip and placing it on top and sewing.)
I open the seams on the strip and press them flat.
Now you are ready to apply the bias to your finished quilt top. That is the next blog subject coming soon…