Many quilts don’t require bindings, but we need to finish the edges. Sometimes we find bindings too distracting on a wall quilt. I found a good way to do this and added my own “twist” to it. The first time I did this, I followed Robbie Joy Eklow’s tutorial, but I have since added a few things to it.
Before figuring out anything, answer these questions:
How will you use this quilt?
Will you hang it or use on a table?
Will you use a dowel or command strip clothespins*?
What you need to know
First, find out the length and width of your quilt.
- <18″ – one sleeve is fine
- >18″ – you may need3 spots to hang – 2 sides and one center. This is a personal preference, but it is not a bad guideline to have a nail about every 12-18”.
Fabric Requirements: 6” WOF or more (or scrap equivalents) if piece is larger
|# of Pieces||Width||Length
|Length of Quilt||2||At least 2.5” up to 4"||1-2” shorter than Length of quilt|
|Width of Quilt||2||At least 2.5” up to 4”||1-2” shorter than Width of quilt|
|Corner Triangles||4||3" to 6” square |
|Hanging Sleeve||1||4" wide||1/2 - 1” shorter than Length of quilt|
Prepare your Pieces:
- Press 4 strips in half, wrong sides together.
- Press 4 squares into triangles, wrong sides together.
- Make a tiny hem on the edges of a hanging sleeve.
Attaching the Pieces:
- Pin or baste to the top of your quilt the hanging sleeve, leaving a 1/2” on either side and if a split sleeve 1/2” in the middle.
- Pin the triangles to the corners and sew a narrow seam to keep corners and sleeves in place.
- Add the facing strips to the sides of the quilt. They should be centered on each side. NOTE: When finished, the triangle will cover the edges, so they do not need to be hemmed.
- Sew 1/4″ around the entire piece. I sewed off the edges so that the edges have a little extra reinforcement
- Sew diagonally across each corner – 2-3 times.
- Trim to just a little bit away from the stitching across the corner. Trim or grade a little of the seams on each corner
Preparation and turning the facing:
- Press the facing pieces away from the quilt.
- On the facing, stitch close to the edge of the quilt.
- Turn everything over to the back. Push out your corners carefully; be happy with the way it looks as you will soon press.
- You should see at the top of the quilt your hanging sleeve
- Underneath it will be the two finished triangles
- Last will be the facing
- Press one last time
- Hand stitch the facings/triangle down.
NOTE: If it is a small piece, I may skip the hanging sleeve and not sew down the last half inch of the triangle so I can insert the dowel there.
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