Friday, January 30, 2015

Connecting Binding Ends--The Easy Way!

New! This binding technique has been further simplified! Check out Joining Quilt Binding in 3 Easy Steps - I'm sure you'll love the update!

I want to share a really easy way to connect the ends of binding that I just discovered. Previously, I used a method that required a lot of thought and attention, because of the folds and the angles. But a fellow quilter showed me this technique, and it's so simple, that it really deserves a tutorial!


Attach the binding as usual, leaving at least 15" unstitched between the two ends. It will be easier to sew the ends together with the more space you have. Fold the ends so that they meet in the middle, butting snugly up against each other, with no slack. See the arrow.


butt binding ends together





Finger press to form a crease.  Cut the bottom piece at the crease.  Do not cut the top piece yet


finger press a crease at join



Open up the bottom piece, 

open up bottom piece for matching and stitching



and line the side edge up with the fold of the top piece (arrow).

align binding edge with fold






Pin the two together, and mark a line from corner to corner.


line marked for stitching to join binding ends



Sew on the line, and check the fit before trimming.


check binding fit before trimming



Trim the diagonal seam to 1/4", and finger press open. 
Continue attaching the binding to the quilt.


binding join complete and binding stitched to quilt




Perfect!

So there you have it!  A quick, easy, binding join.
Hope you give this a try--it really is super easy! 

Want to explore more binding techniques? Check out these tutorials:
Machine Binding using glue
Piped Binding
Super Simple Binding
Two Color Binding
Matching Binding to the Piecing 
Reducing Bulky Corners
Matching Angled Binding
No Show Binding
Joining Quilt Binding in 3 Easy Steps - my all time favorite!

Happy Quilting!









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14 comments:

  1. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  2. Great tutorial. I may not get things all twisted up with this method! Thanks.

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  3. Just tried this and its so much easier than the others ones I've seen on the internet. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Have been looking for a good to finish bindings for about 10 years. This is wonderful. Thank you!

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  5. Great must try this, less bulky than other methods. Thanks and greetings from New Zealand.

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  6. Just have to say that I randomly found this pinned on Pinterest, tried it tonight, and it worked perfectly!

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  7. The times I get it twisted is driving me nuts. Hahahahaha

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  8. Holy moly! It worked! Thank you!

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  9. Excellent photos and directions.

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  10. Pinned. Hope I remember to give it a try next time I'm attaching a binding! Sure looks simple!

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  11. Found this on Pinterest, must try it! Thanks!

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  12. Omg finally I can now do binding!!!Thx so much..

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