Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quick Fold Over Binding

I have to admit I was in a bit of a hurry to get this quilt finished, so instead of the traditional binding strip, I did a quick fold over binding.  Of course, this technique requires that there be enough backing fabric (about an inch) to fold over to the front.  Fortunately, this quilt had plenty!

This technique also requires carefully trimming and squaring of the quilt, and I found it easiest to pin the backing upon itself to keep it from getting nicked.

After that step is complete, trim the excess backing to 3/4" from the edge of the quilt.
Fold over once, so that the edge meets the edge of the quilt.

Fold once more over the quilt edge, pinning in place.
Next, fold in the corner so that the top folded edge lines up with the cut edge of the quilt.

Fold the cut edge of the backing once to meet the cut edge of the quilt, pinning in place.

Fold that edge once more, over the edge of the quilt, pinning in place.
I now have a beautifully mitered corner!  I hand stitch my bindings just because I think it looks neater, but one could certainly stitch this by machine.

Here's the finished, stitched corner.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give this a try!  I know that I'll do it on the next set of placemats I make, as I always dislike the binding part!

Happy Quilting!

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