When I first started binding quilts one of my biggest fears was seaming the binding strip together at the very end. At first I overlapped the seams and didn’t sew them together. That was awful and looked like a bulky mess.
Then I got the binding tool.
I had watched Jenny from Missouri Star and she made it look so very easy. I ended up ordering one and loved it.
Fast forward a couple years….I lost it. I was too spend-thrift to buy another…so I started doing it on my own. Being I had used the binding tool for so long, I could kind of make it work without one using about the same technique only lazily cutting instead. Then I found my binding tool. But by now I was using 2 1/4″ binding instead so it wasn’t working quite right. So back to doing it on my own with no percision…but good enough.
That was working okay…then one day I was going through my Facebook feed and saw a video. I watched it…then rewatched…then when I was binding my baby quilt, I decided to give it a try.
I was thrilled and tried it on the baby quilt I finished recently. It worked splendidly and I decided to write blog post about it. So I started this post…but…do you think I can find the original video I watched. I couldn’t. BUMMER.
So…when I went to bind the Daylilies quilt I took pictures so I could show you how. If I can’t show the video, at least show you the pictures. Here goes….Tack the binding down leaving a tail on each end. The distance apart you stop isn’t a big deal, just be sure that they over lap for a minimum of 3″ and your space between starting and stopping is more than 7″.
Lay the fist strip down flat against the quilt as shown in the photo below.
Get another piece of fabric that is the same width as your binding strip. I took one that was a different color so you can more easily see the piece in the tutorial. My strips are cut at 2 1/4″ so my “other” strip is 2 1/4″ too. For those of you who cut at 2 1/2″, your “other” piece should be 2 1/2″ wide.
Lay it on top of the first piece perpendicular as shown. Align the edges as shown.
Now lay the other tail end of the strip on top of the “other” piece.
Now cut the top tail off even with the overlapped edge of the “other” fabric. In the photo below, notice the “other” strip. The bottom binding strip is even with one edge. The top binding strip is cut even with the other edge. Make sure the two binding strips are overlapping.
Remove the “other” piece of fabric. Your tail ends should look like this.
Open up the binding strips.
With right sides together pin them in place like you do to connect the strips.
Sew on the diagonal.
I purposely sewed with teal thread so you can see the seam.
Remove pins and clip the diagonal corner off. Press sean open.
Lay the binding strip down and sew in place. PERFECT!!
This is now my newly adopted method for connecting the final binding piece. I love it and it’s SUPER easy….no tool needed.
What method do you use for this? Inquiring minds what to know!!