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Ann's "Foolproof Binding Method"

Foolproof Binding 1

From Ann:

As I have been traveling around with Sew Fun I have had numerous requests for a copy of three demos I have done on Binding. I thought the easiest way would be to post them on the blog and then you could read and copy them. Here they are:

  1. Foolproof Binding Method
  2. Starting and Ending the Binding
  3. White and Black Binding

Enjoy!

-Ann

Foolproof Binding Method

This is a binding method that I have used for years. It is a fast and foolproof way to bind your quilts. It will give you the result of having your binding stitched evenly on the front and back of your binding. You can miter your corners as usual. The binding is stitched to the wrong side of your quilt & wrapped to the right side of your quilt for topstitching the binding in place.

START: Cut your binding 3” wide. Press in half WST as you would normally do to create your binding. Stitch the binding to the wrong side of your quilt using a 3/8” seam allowance, starting and ending with your favorite method. Remember when mitering your corner, you will need to stop stitching 3/8” from the edge. This distance is determined by the width of your seam allowance.

Foolproof Binding 1

Foolproof Binding 1

PRESS: Once you have stitched and mitered your corners, press the binding toward the seam from the right side of the binding. Wrap the binding to the right side of the quilt.

Foolproof Binding 2

Foolproof Binding 2

KEY TO SUCCESS: When wrapping the binding to the right side of the quilt, look for the 3/8” seam allowance stitching (Look for the Line). Wrap the folded edge of the binding so that it just overlaps this stitching by a couple threads. Topstitch binding using a 1/8” seam allowance from the folded edge of the binding. Your binding will be stitched evenly on the front and back binding! Practice a couple times and you will be a binding pro. Enjoy!

Foolproof Binding 3

Foolproof Binding 3

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