We are so close to being done! All we need to do is the binding.
The binding frames the quilt and makes it all come together.
Your first step in binding the quilt is to measure the sides of your quilt. This tutorial will work for any quilt of any size, since you just add the length of the sides together and from there you figure out how much fabric you need.
Let's say that you quilt measures 12" X 12". That means that you have four sides equaling 12" a piece. To figure out the length all the way around the quilt you multiply 12 X 4 (12" X 4 sides) and you will come up with 48".
That means that you will need approximately 48" of binding, but we need to add more to make sure we don't come up short. For a small quilt I generally add about 10", and for a large quilt I generally add about 20". For our small quilt, we will add 10", giving us a total of 58" needed for binding.
Since almost all quilting fabric is between 42 and 45" wide, we are going to use the smaller measurement of 42". We need a total of 58", so will need two pieces of 42" wide fabric.
I like my binding to be small, so I cut those strips 2-1/2" wide. Once I have them cut I like to cut off the selvage edges so that they don't show up on the front of my quilt on accident (the fabric strips shown are folded in half):
Another picture of the ends cut off:
Now I take my two pieces and place them right sides together. Then I sew the short sides with a 1/4" seam:
Iron that seam open:
Now iron your entire strip in half lengthwise:
Now you start to pin your binding in place. Please note that I don't pin the 1st 3" of the binding. That is because I don't start sewing right at the edge of the binding. I sew about 3" in:
Pin up to the edge and then make this fold and iron it at the corner:
Now fold that over like this and iron in place:
Now fold that edge over and pin like this:
Now you will start to sew the first side of your quilt. Starting at your first pin (3" in from the edge), sew using a 1/4" seam until you get to the fold at the corner (see the next picture for an example):
Notice that I stopped at the fold:
Now fold that fabric piece to the other side and pin, like this:
Starting at that fold, sew until you are about 2" from the next corner:
This is where you started sewing at that first corner:
Now, do that all the way around the quilt until you have done all 4 corners and sides, stopping about 3" from the spot that you started sewing at:
Butt those pieces up together and iron in place like this:
Pin those pieces together on that fold line:
Now sew along that fold line:
Here is your seam:
Trim that fabric to 1/4":
Now you will finish sewing around the quilt by sewing over that seam (sew the full 3" that was left unsewn previously)
This is what your block should look like at this point:
Now iron all of the binding towards the outside of the quilt:
And fold it over to the back, making sure that you are pinning the binding just a little bit over the seam line:
When you get to the corner, pin like this:
This should catch all of the fabric on the back of the quilt. If it doesn't, simply hand-sew that part closed. Once you do this on a few quilts, you will be very good at catching it all!
Here is what your back will look like:
And your front:
I hope that didn't cause confusion! It's one of those things that is easier to understand when you can watch someone do it. Please let me know if something didn't make sense!
And you are officially done with your quilt! Awesome!
This evening at 7:00 Mountain Standard Time, I will post a link for the sew-along chat room here on my blog, my facebook page and the Flickr discussion area. We can troubleshoot any problems and answer questions there. We can also just hang out and chat for a while! You will need a Facebook account to get into the chat area.
My hubs has been out of town all week long and will be home this evening, so I will have to cut the chat to one hour only.
I hope you join in the fun this evening! I have never done a chat room before, so this will prove to be an experience for me. :)