Learn how to Bind your quilts. Below the video are the step by step instructions for making a binding.
How to Bind a Quilt
Cut enough 2 1/2 or 2 1/4″ strips of fabric to go around your entire project. Join these strips together by laying them right sides together at a 90 degree angle and sewing across them at a 45 degree angle. This will disperse the seam fabric over a distance and make it less bulky making a nicer finished product then a straight seam.
Press the stripe of fabric in half lengthwise.
Begin with the raw edges of your strip lining up with the outside edge of your quilt. Open folded strip and fold outside edge over to create a 45 degree fold and stitch approximately 4″ down the side using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Start somewhere along one of the sides – NOT at the corner.
Next close the fold and leave a 4″ opening. Continue to sew 1/4″ seam allowance around the entire project.
When you come to each corner stop 1/4″ away from the edge of the quilt. Back stitch to secure.
To miter the corners of your quilt binding fold the binding at a 45 degree angle. The raw edge of the binding should line up in a straight line with the quilt.
Now fold the binding back along the quilt keeping the 45 degree fold in place. Notice that the top of the binding is squared up along both sides of the quilt. Stitch from the very top of the quilt edge down the next side of the quilt.
Once you get all the way around your quilt you will be able to trim the end of your binding stripe so that you can tuck the end of your binding into the folded pocket that you created when you begun. Take your time to make sure every is nice and flat.
Finish stitching the binding in place.
Press the binding from the front side. Turn and press onto the back.
Pin or use wonder clips to hold in place. Now you can secure the binding in place by hand or by machine.
Here is a video of how to finish your bindings by machine.