Oct 20, 2008

Joining the binding tutorial

THE PIC IS ABOVE THE INSTRUCTIONS.............................

First you would start stitching your binding on leaving at least 8-10" of the end not sewn down, Also when you near where the binding started you would stop stitching , about 10-12" from the start. Leaving a gap in the binding, so you have enough space for the joining part.
Next you would bring either end of the binding and lay it as shown. These next two steps here allow you to get the exact size for joining.

Now bring to other side OVER the top of the first side and flip up the same way as the first side. If you click the pic you will get a close up view.

This is how you determine where to cut. Cut those two little doggy ears off directly across the top of the binding strip. As shown.


Now open the ends up and place them right sides together, make sure not to twist them the wrong way. Put your pins in as shown and check to make sure they are not twisted the wrong way. Now stitch on the diagonal. Just like you would if joining strips to make the binding. You can draw a line or just aim and shoot.

Now before cutting those little corners off, it is a good idea to check and make sure it is not twisted and the fit is good. I've never had the fit to be wrong, but I have on occasion twisted in the pinning process.
This is how your binding will look when finished and will lay completely flat, and is ready to stitch to the quilt.

20 comments:

  1. That is an awesome tutorial Donna!
    I know they are a lot of work. Good Job. I would love to see one of doing the mitered corners next.
    :)
    Tammy

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  2. Okay. I have a quilt I'm sandwiching right now I will make sure to do a tutorial on that as well. If they is one thing that I can say I do well it would have to be the binding. I'm getting much better with my machine quilting too. I actually like doing the quilting now. I'm going to try to quilt cabbage roses on my DS's quilt if they turn out nice I'll post a pic.If not I'll been ripping them out :(

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  3. Great tute! I've scheduled a link ot this post to go live on my blog mid-day (Central USA time) tomorrow. I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.

    Denise
    http://needlework.craftgossip.com

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  4. I never had any idea how to do this!! Now i do! this is fantastic!

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  5. I had to click on your blog from HGTV to see if we do binding the same way. I don't fold the ends up like that (I have to measure, draw a line and cut them) - I'm going to try that on my next binding!!! It looks so much easier! Great blog too!! OwenJulesMommy

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  6. OH, MY, GOODNESS!! I ALWAYS have trouble with this part! Thank you for the great hint. I am going to try that on my next binding. Thank you!

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  7. I'm so pleased to have discovered your tutorial. This is the only place I've seen this method. It looks easy and fool proof. Thank you.

    I found your blog by following a link from someone coming to my blog from yours ... either you or one of your readers.

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  8. I am an avid tutorial reader. It is how I have learned quilting to be honest. This is the first one that I have seen this method. I always struggle with that part of the binding process. There are thousands of tutes on attaching the binding, mitered corners and so on. But not many that tell you a good way to get the joining just right! I cant wait to try this! I am new to blogging too..(doing many first these days!). Please stop by and check it out. I would love any advice you could provide. I am new to all of this, sewing, quilting and so on. I need all the help I can get! I still love every minute of it!

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  9. I have a template that will do this sort of technique however if you are making a small quilt or using binding that is smaller than 2 ½” it turns out to be a confusing. This technique will work with any size. Thank you, thank you, you are a genius.

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  10. This works! This was always the nail-biting part for me but with the tutorial, it worked like a charm, without the guesswork and crossing the fingers! Thanks you for posting this!

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  11. Thank you. You make it look so simple. Will try it on my next binding.

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  12. What a great way of doing it. Will try it on our Charity Quilts

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  13. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial - I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

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  14. Best and easiest method I have tried. Thankyou so much.
    PS first attempt I got twisted but picked it up before I had sewn it

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  15. Best and easiest method I have tried. Thankyou so much.
    PS first attempt I got twisted but picked it up before I had sewn it

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  16. This is SO terrific!!! I (somewhat nervously) tried it on a baby quilt last night and it was PERFECT!!!! Thanks SEW much!!!

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  17. Great tutorial, I managed to get the binding joined the wrong way and wondered what the ''' but unpicked and started again and turned out great as long as I remember both ironed lines on top of each other! Thank you so much for the tutorial, have printed it out for future reference so no more frustration!

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  18. Genius! So simple! I thank you every time I bind a quilt now.

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  19. You are all so welcome. I love sharing things I found to work for me.

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