How to Bind a quilt Tutorial

Today we get a new Binding on Quilts Tutorial!! YAY! now this one girls is really suprisingly EASY!! Great pattern for beginners I'll tell you.   Are you in a pinch for a present? Buy 2 fabrics and whip this one out. Perfect.

This isn't a typical binding. It is more of a rollover.  But I believe it still leaves a nice edge…and it really allows you to skip the whole binding thing all together. Who doesn't like that?

Shall we begin?

1) Cut your fabric.  Cut your accent fabric {that is the outside border/binding fabric LARGER than your center fabric}. 

Accent fabric cut to 40 inches square

Center fabric cut to 30 inches square

I'll quickly tell you that the theory of this is—-the back or accent fabric will get pulled to the front or center fabric.

If you cut the back 10 inches larger than the front, then it will come about 5 inches onto the front on EACH side!

Make your own adjustments on these cut measurements. My one piece wasn't large enough to get a 40 inch cut, so i went with 36 inches.  Therefore, my accent only comes over around 3 inches on each side to the front. Get it?

2) Fold the accent and the center fabrics in half and mark with a pencil on the wrong side of the fabric the center. Repeat for all 4 sides of each piece.

3) Taking the accent and the center fabrics, match the marked centers and pin in place —right sides together. Continue to pin from the center out to the edge.

***NOTICE that the edges DO NOT MATCH!!!!  This is not a mistake. I am not batty. {no comments there please } 

See how the accent is dangling in the corner? No worries though—This will become the miter corner. Nice huh?

4) After pinning from the center to the edges along all 4 sides it is time to sew!

5) Start in the center on one side and stitch to the edge. ***You will need to STOP SEWING 1/4 inch from the edge***

6) Start again 1/4 inch from the edge and sew along the next side—again, stopping 1/4 inch from the edge. Repeat until you go around all 4 sides—-LEAVE AN OPENING FOR TURNING—-

7) Now you will need to deal with those floppy corners.  Fold that inside center fabric in. 

8) Fold the sides in Matching up the side seams.

9)  Take a ruler and line it up along the folded edge and the end of the sewing line- where you stopped stitching.  Draw a line with a pencil. You will stitch on this line. Pin in place to keep it all in order.  *if you line it up on the raw edge it WILL NOT WORK***

10)  Sew on pencil line.  Cut off corner 1/4 inch from stitched line.

11) Turn Right sides out using the opening you left earlier.

12)  Iron down the edges. This takes a bit of coaxing, but really the accent fabric will jump to the front!  Fiddle with those miter corners to get them just right and perfect.  When you get to the opening you left, fold inside the salvedge edge and pin in place.

13)  Take the blanket to the sewing maching and stitch on the ACCENT fabric just beyond that edge.  This will keep it all from shifting with use and will close that opening for turning. Isn't that just slick girls?

Congrats you are finished!!! I know you noticed that there is no batting in here. You could fiddle with it and get one in there BEFORE you do the stitching along the edge. You could also do a quick little quilting ties to keep it in place.   But really, this pattern is great for a quick little wrap or throw.  Make it larger for a picnic blanket.

I'd love anyone to share binding secrets with us too—-leave a comment!

pst— I have to tell something.   I went to a little meeting yesterday…it's a surprise girls, but AFTER i came home my daughter says— You have a sticker on your back.  She peels it off and of course it's a clearance sticker for $5.00 from Walmart. There ya go—trying to make a sort of smart girl impression and nope—hey look at me! Cheap girl. Over here!! ugh. Hope that doesn't mess up the business venture…..hmmmm

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  1. marilynbohn

    24 March

    That is absolutely the best tutorial on making this blanket that I have ever seen. I spent 45 minutes once videoing how to make this step by step and taking photos besides and yours is by far superior to what I put together. THANK YOU!!!

  2. whosies

    24 March

    thanks marilyn! glad to know it is helpful. I love this style of binding.

  3. whosies

    24 March

    thanks marilyn! glad to know it is helpful. I love this style of binding.

  4. Marilyn Bohn

    24 March

    That is absolutely the best tutorial on making this blanket that I have ever seen. I spent 45 minutes once videoing how to make this step by step and taking photos besides and yours is by far superior to what I put together. THANK YOU!!!

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