I press this seam and fold it over and hand sew the binding to the back. There are 2 main reasons I do it that way: (1) you get a nice clean line on the front and (2) any less than straight stitching will only show up on the back because it will be hidden on the front by the binding itself. When attaching the binding, I sew to within 1/4″ of the next side and stop, and backstitch. As far as bulky corners, I do trim off the corners before I fold the binding to the front to sew it down. There are good tutorials for that here, here, and here. Your work brings traditionand a personal style together. Two-Tone Quilt Binding: An Instructable for people who already know how to put a binding on a quilt, but want to mix it up a bit. I was fortunate enough to see the Gees Bend quilts a few years back in Reno and to hear Gwen give a delightful talk here in Australia. If it is not pulled tight enough, the backing ends up bump and loose. I don’t feel it has that smooth edge that you get by stitching it to the front and hand stitching on the back. Fold the raw edge of … Continuous binding can be machine-sewn to the front side of the quilt and hand-stitched to the back, but I prefer to attach it to the back side of the quilt with no hand sewing. I like to start attaching the binding about 3/4 of the way down the long side. The size of the binding is determined by the size of the seam allowance used when the binding is sewn on and how loosely or tightly the binding is folded to the back. Remember we chatted about the width of strips to cut for binding. This takes care of it for me. Make sure not to sew all the way through to the front side of the quilt. If it is pulled too tight, the back ends up being tighter than the front and bunching occurs in the quilt top. Because of the length of the nap, it is common for the fiber strands to pull through the stitches to the quilt … This method also saves time and fabric by not having to cut binding, fold the strips, sew the strips to the front, hand sew the binding to the back. Don’t start with the very end of the binding strip, instead make sure you leave a leader of binding, about 8 inches long, not attached to the quilt. However, this is a perfectly acceptable way to put the binding on a quilt. Two methods will be discussed: the “tucked” and the “seamed” techniques. Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler Binding Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. You don’t want to pull the binding over too far. Insert the needle into the back and batting of the quilt about one-half inch from where the first stitch will be. Preparing the edges of the quilt is especially important when you're working with a tricky material like Minky fabric on the back of the quilt as you can see in the photo above. The machine-binding method is much faster and easier for quilters like me who hate hand sewing. I open it back to the original fold and use the last press edge (raw edges facing out) , with the pressed fold as a guide and sew this down on the front side of the quilt. Pull it over so that it just barely covers the quarter inch seam you made sewing the binding to the front of the quilt. Step 6: Finish sewing the binding Below are my tips for choosing and working with minky as a quilt back. (#12) In the corners of the binding we want our quilt to look really good, so follow the photos and you should be able to do this without any headaches. BUT, that said, any show, any appraiser, any master quilter will tell you that double fold separate binding is the more experienced, higher skilled, and often preferred method of binding quilts. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between. First, let’s fold corners : open a corner up and fold to the other end. I also want my binding to be filled with the quilt. Fold the top binding section down over the quilt’s edge, forming a neat miter in the corner. As with many things in quilting, there are different ways to add binding. Then I miter the corner by folding the binding back on itself and continuing to attach to the next side. Here is the decorative stitching on the front: And this is what it looks like on the back: This is how the corners turned out: I find that the corners are always the hardest with decorative stitches. Check out that beautiful mitered corner on the front and back! Attaching the binding. Fold the binding over from the front to the back to enclose the raw edge of the quilt. For this quilt binding method we will attach the binding to the back of the quilt first. Note: Binding to the front will leave a visible stitching line on the back of your quilt. I also rarely use bias cut fabric unless I have scallops. Now if we’re sewing this, I’ve got this like right in my face, if you’re sewing this and you’re going to hand bind it you sew it to the front of the quilt and curve it around to the back. Hooray August 4, 2016 at 2:51 PM Mine is 1/4" out from the edge of the quilt top. Choose a color of minky that closely matches the top of your quilt or matches the color of thread that will be used for quilting. I like to use 2½” strips. Thank you for the tutoorial. The back is a taupe Egyptian cotton sheet. The strips are cut to the length of the sides of the quilt, minus 1", then stitched 1/4" from the edge on the front of the quilt, leaving 1/2" space on each end. The narrower half will be sewn to the front of your quilt, and the wider half will wrap around to the back and will cover the stitch line from the front. It's a scrap quilt with squares in squares and fabric that spans generations. Being careful not to cut your backing or front, trim the batting to desired width. Sew it to the back, then fold over and machine stitch it close to the edge on the front. There is nothing "wrong"with back to front binding. Batting is a super thin poly, interfacing thin. Binding size is a personal preference, but there are some general guidelines. It is a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you have to treat it *just* right in all steps of the quilting process, including binding prep. To make the binding, fold the edge of the blanket to meet the edge of the quilt top, and then fold it over again. Attach the binding to the front of the quilt by starting in the middle of one of the sides. From the front of the quilt, the binding looks pretty good. Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Has anyone ever wrapped the pieced front to the back for the binding? We need to fold our back fabric (sticking out past our front) in half and then fold it again over the front of the quilt top. A busy backing hides less-than-perfect quilting stitches on the back of the quilt. Time to attach the binding to the front and get that perfect finish! 4. So I’ve got my binding on here, and I just line up my presser-foot with the edge of the quilt and we’re just going to sew it on here. Step 7: Stitch the Binding on the Front. Choose a quilt backing with an interesting motif and then quilt from the back along the fabric's printed lines, to transfer the design to the front. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. If you accidentally do that, your binding stitches will be visible on the front. Do this for the whole top. Apple Core Quilt with Bernina Decorative Stitch #57 (Aurora 440) This was an apple core quilt that I made years ago as a class sample. These stitches are much more obvious and are visible on both the front and the back of the quilt. Once on the front side, push the binding down so that it creates a 45 degree angle in the corner – and then ‘close’ the other side of the corner. It has every color under the sun in the top so selecting the binding is a PAIN. Shouldn't cost any more … 6. Start sewing 8-10 inches from the end of the binding. Turn the quilt over so that the back is facing up and bring it over to your ironing board. The third method, in my opinion, is not only the easiest for a beginner but it is also the fastest of the three methods. It’s easiest to hold the binding fabric in place with Clover Wonder Clips. This will be needed for attaching at the end. For quilts with curved edges, you should make bias binding instead. The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton. ( #11) Pin this in place. Line up the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the quilt. Corners are only a little tricky: 1. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt … Attaching to front of quilt: To attach the binding to the front of your quilt, determine which half of your binding strip is narrower. Really liked the roof top quilt. The second technique uses a sewing machine to tack down the binding. For my mini-quilt, I only needed about three per side, but for a throw-sized quilt, it takes about 100 clips to go all the way around the quilt. Press the binding away from the front, and stitch again within the seam allowance, close to the edge of the quilt. Use a walking foot if you find that the binding is scooting as you sew. Use a backing that coordinates with the quilt top if both will be visible during use. Press in place. Allow for a larger backing, then fold the backing of the item over to the front to create binding. Sometimes your quilt needs one color binding on the front and another on the back - this will take care of it for you! I usually machine quilt (or have someone else do it) my quilts these days. Now we’ll pull the binding up from the back, folding it over the raw edge of the potholder and toward the front. On FB a while ago someone was asking about how we all sew binding onto a quilt and it made me think of how I have different methods, of course if it’s a show quilt or magazine quilt I sew the binding to the front and hand sew onto the back, but if it’s for anything else I use 1/4″ “binding” tape from the warm company! Attach binding to back of quilt. You’ll end up with a binding half the width of your Step 2 measurement over your quilt top, with the raw edges hidden. That's all thanks to stitching the Victory Lap and carefully squaring the quilt. Trim the backing fabric twice the size needed to reach from the edge of the batting to where you want the 'binding' to end. This is the back of the quilt, turned for ease of sewing. Fold the binding toward the back side of the quilt. The absolute secret to great looking binding is to take it slowly. Binding size refers to the width of the finished binding as it appears from the front of the quilt. Attempted? Top stitch this to your quilt. Pins or hair clips work well, too. 7. Bring the needle out for the first stitch so that the folded edge of the binding covers the line of machine stitching where the binding was attached to the front. I think that the backing should be just as interesting as the front of the quilt and using the backing as the binding makes an excellent frame for the front… Both ways work but when you have sewn the binding to the back side of the quilt you will be stitching it down on the front side and … The next photo shows you how I stitched the binding down from the front and also what it looks like on the back of the quilt. Machine stitch binding to the back of the quilt/mug rug and finish by machine stitching it on the front. 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