Some of them require a special tool and others require calculations involving the width of the binding strip, making 45 degree cuts on the end of the binding, etc. Pin this end of the binding to the quilt sandwich. Prepare your binding strips as you normally would. Often the other methods taught either leave an unattractive lump or straight seam. I want to share a really easy way to connect the ends of binding that I just discovered. I hope this method of applying and joining bias binding has been helpful. Keep these pins clear of the binding fold, Quilting with Decorative Stitches from your sewing machine, Eye Contact exhibit sponsored by Sacred Threads, Mosaic Patchwork, English Paper Pieced Quilts Show in Colorado. Making your own bias binding gives you full control over the type of fabric and the choice of color or even print of your binding. then press the binding fold. Fold the fabric back and out of the way before sewing the binding together. The time saved is too great to worry about that. Decide on width of the binding you need. Required fields are marked *. ( Log Out /  #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } Sewing Binding. Don’t be intimidated by the length of this tutorial. 8. I was making napkins and was not sure how to join the raw edges to finish – worked out perfect, That’s great. Pinch all four layers of the binding tails between your thumb and forefinger. Pin along the stitching line and remove any other pins. To calculate the total inches, first measure the length and then the width of the quilt top; add those two numbers together. Line up the two binding ends perfectly, one on top of the other. Fold the binding over to the wrong side of the fabric and press. To sew together two parts of bias tapes you need know some features. No tools other than a ruler. Your questions will help me understand where my explanation needs to be improved, so please do not hesitate to write. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. Step Four. Press seam open to reduce bulk, and trim seam to 1/4″. In the photo below, the cream color is the “beginning”  tail of the binding; the soft  green is the “ending” tail. Open up folded binding at point 2 and chalk mark position on straight grain of binding and at the same angle of bias end. A bound edge finish is not appropriate for all garments but when it is why not use it? Step Eleven. For double binding fold the binding strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press to keep in place. With these instructions you will achieve nice, crisp mitered corners and a thin, clean bound edge. Joining the binding on a curve works just like joining the binding on a straight section. Pin or mark with marking chalk where you need to sew (join) the binding together. If your binding is going to form a continuous loop (necklines, hems, armholes) you will need to join the beginning and the end of the binding together where they meet up. Cut the number of required strips of binding, according to your pattern or calculations. Binding is generally attached to a quilt with a generous 1⁄4" or 3⁄8" seam allowance. Backstitch at each end. Pinch the two binding tails (four layers of fabric) between your fingers (about in the middle of the unstitched gap) and clip a 1/8 inch deep notch in the raw edges of all four layers, as shown in the drawing below. Finish sewing the binding down to the fabric over the joining seam. Go to the “Books” page of this blog for a direct link to the book. Stitch diagonally as shown. Here’s a refresher on how to make your own bias binding. You will catch the binding on the back side, sewing it down, with this stitch. 5. –          The binding attachment process will be easier if you use an open-toe walking or dual-feed presser foot. You can hand slip stitch these missed areas down if they are longer than a half inch. Turn binding over the quilt edge to back of quilt and pin in place up to first corner. Trim off some of the excess binding B. It takes way longer to explain it here than it does to do it. © Shirley Sandoz and mysterybayquiltdesign.com, 2013. Previously, I used a method that required a lot of thought and attention, because of the folds and the angles. Using a thread that blends with either the binding or the fabric will help camouflage any stitches that strayed out of the ditch. Bias bound edges are popping up on all sort of designs lately; necklines of dresses, hems of sleeves, the tops of pockets. Step Seven. If you're binding is two and a half inches wide, you want to create a binding overlap of two and a half inches. We also get lots of questions about how we managed to pull that off! If necessary, trim your other end so you can lay it flat on the quilt, and pin to the quilt. #mergeRow-gdpr fieldset label {font-weight: normal;} Place one pin on the marked diagonal on each side of the binding center fold. ( Log Out /  Right sides of the fabrics are touching. Start sewing on the fold, right before the first pin, carefully removing the pins as … Take the needle out of the fabric. Leave about 12 inches of unstitched gap where the two tails come together. Use the closer spacing if you do not use a walking foot. On the left, a notch in the ending tail lines up with the edge of the beginning tail. Place the machine needle down into the fabrics, on the crease of the binding as explained previously, not at the start of the bias binding but a little ways past the join. Leave a 12 inch unstitched “tail” at the beginning of your binding. Take care not to twist binding ends. See explanation above for details. Keep these pins clear of the binding fold. Step Three. Pin in place. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Don’t let perfectionism keep you from machine stitching the binding down. The back is a little uneven in my hurried example above. 9. ( Log Out /  Make sure to backstitch at both ends. But for this post  I have to include way more pictures than you probably need, just so it is clear to everyone. Sewing on Continuous Binding with Mitered Corners The instructions that follow can be used to attach single-fold or double-fold binding. Pin along the fold line, which is your seam line, to double check the binding. Join all strips end to end continuously by bringing up the free end of the previous strip just sewn, placing the next strip against it to form the 'L' again. 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