Last time I showed how to MAKE bias binding and why I love it so much for the edge of a quilt. Today I’ll show you how I apply the binding to the edge of the quilt.
Many quilting teachers will sew the binding on and then trim the excess batting and backing. I like to cut it all off before applying the binding. It makes it easier to put under the presser foot of the machine and gives you a clean edge to line up the bias with a 1/4″ seam.
First, I put on a walking foot on my machine and move the needle to the far right. (On my walking foot this gives me a nice 1/4″ seam if I line up the raw edges of my quilt and binding with the right edge of the walking foot.)
Leave a tail (at least 2″) and line up the binding on the right edge of the quilt right sides together.
Sew the bias right sides together 1/4″ from the top and 1/4″ from the side. Sew all the way down the side and stop 1/4″ from the end.
Cut off the excess binding leaving a 2″ tail.
Flip up the tail and sew the next strip onto the next side by positioning it 1/4″ from the top.
Your binding should be free on both sides. (not caught in the stitching)
After sewing the binding onto all 4 corners we are ready to miter the corners. Switch your machine foot to an open toe or regular foot. Move your needle back to the center.
For marking my corners I use a pencil and clear ruler with small markings.
Make a dot at the corner beginning of one of the bias strips. Then make another dot 1/4″ from the edge, holding the ruler completely perpendicular.
Now place your ruler at a 45° angle making sure you have the same number of marks on the top and bottom. (To make sure your angle isn’t skewed.)
Now trace the 45° with a pencil. This will be your stitching line.
Holding the adjacent bias so that the tops match, sew ON the line, making sure you are only sewing bias, do not catch the quilt into the seam.
Do the same for the other 3 corners. Trim the excess binding about 1/8″.
Flip the binding to the wrong side and using a chop stick or other dull point, poke out the corner.
To finish the corners, turn under 1/4″ and pin.
It will look like this on the top.
Now turn your quilt to the back and sew the binding down with a whip stitch or invisible stitch by hand with matching quilting thread.
I must admit I LOVE sewing on the bindings. It gives me a chance to relax as watch the final step finish my lovely quilt!
Until next time…