A few months ago Abbie at Sparkle On Blog asked if there was a nice way to do a self binding. I use this mostly for placemats and table toppers, but I am sure you can use it for a quilt.
- Sandwich quilt with extra backing fabric, for this I used 2″.
- Quilt your piece.
- Sew a securing stitch 1/4″ around the mat.
4. Trim to the appropriate size for the binding. For me it was 1″ to get a 1/4″ binding
5. Find the marking on your ruler that allows you to trim with 1/4″ remaining.
6. Press fabric halfway to meet raw edge of quilted top.
6. You then pin on a 45º angle angle, so that the sides touch each other.
7. Sew a 1/4″ seam, starting at corner closest to sandwich.
8. Backstitch over entire sewing line.
9. Turn corners inside out. If you don’t like the way something looks, you can adjust now.
10. You may want to press and secure binding to front with clips or even Elmer’s washable glue.
11. Sew closely to the edge of the binding.
This foot, G – Blind Hem Foot (on my Janome) worked really well to keep close to the edge. I did get a tiny bit of bunching; next time might eyeball the last few inches to prevent that from happening.
This block was designed by Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting. I tested a pattern for her, so it remained secret until she released it. She is having a sew-along (SAL) in January, I’m playing. Join us, it will be fun.
I do have an excess of Island Batik and so I thought I’d offer some. So here’s my giveaway – tell me your favorite combo of colors. – if you win I will make it work – at least one yard of fabric coming your way. Giveaway is open until Sunday at midnight, DST.
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