Friday, January 30, 2015

Connecting Binding Ends

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


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

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

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

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

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

  6. Holy moly! It worked! Thank you!

  7. Excellent photos and directions.

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

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

  10. I wanted to let you know that this worked marvelously!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial. Such a simple and clean way to finish bindings. I love it!!!

  11. This is the absolute BEST tutorial on finishing a binding! Thanks❣️

  12. Fail proof. Best method ever!!

  13. THANK YOU. This is the first time I was able to comprehend where to sew the diagonal seam! No one ever explained where you line up the side of the bottom piece to the top fold before. That's what I was missing in my binding connections. thanks to you, I will have diagonal seams 'throughout' my binding.

  14. This was SO EASY to understand, especially with the pictures to explain every step . I’ve struggled with this this step on every quilt I’ve made, but not anymore! Thank you so much for posting this!!

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