This week I thought I’d share how I approach doing a quilt binding entirely by machine. Personally I enjoy the whole “hand-sewing it to the back” part, but sometimes you may be in a time-crunch, or ( and I know this seems unbelievable 😉 ) you may be one of those people that absolutely loathes the hand sewing part.
The method that I used was soooo easy and worked like a charm so I hope you will like it too!
Here is what I did:
First I prepared my binding as usual ( I find using a 2.5 inch binding is a little easier to work with than 2 1/4):
Then I laid my binding on the FRONT of my quilt as usual:
And then I sewed it down with a 1/4 inch seam as usual….see, everything is still the same as you normally would do it! I do recommend that you use a walking foot. If you don’t have one, it is a great investment and you will not regret buying one. You will notice that I start my binding a little differently than you may be used to seeing. I fold a corner in, then open up my binding, sew for a few inches ( backstitching at start and finish), then fold my binding closed and start sewing again at the point where I ended ( but this time my binding is folded closed).
Continue sewing until you hit a corner and deal with that the way you always do…stop 1/4 inch away from edge, tie off, rotate your quilt, fold your binding up and then down,and continue on.
Continue sewing all the way around your quilt, until you get near the end point. That’s where I eyeball how much “tail” I need to tuck into my “flap”. So I trim my binding, tuck it into the flap and then finish sewing.
Up to this point everything has been exactly the same as you would normally do. Now comes the fun part! You are going to turn your binding to the backside, but you are going to sew ON THE FRONT of your quilt. You may pin your binding in place if you wish, but I’m not a pinner so I didn’t. For my small quilt I folded down one entire side, but for a bigger quilt, I would do a section of maybe a foot at a time, tie off, and then fold the next section down and continue on.
And now you are going to sew ON THE FRONT, while keeping your binding tucked to the back. Sew slowly and carefully. If you need to tie off, remove your quilt, and refold your binding because it’s shifting, go ahead. You can choose to sew in the ditch, OR you can choose to sew on the binding. You could probably even use a fancy stitch that your machine comes equipped with ;).
When you get to a corner, tie off, remove your quilt, and fold the next section of binding to the back ( notice how I make a little folded-in corner!).
Continue all the way around in this manner.
And there you have it! All done! And it takes only a fraction of the time ;).
I hope you will give this method a try sometime and see if you like it. And, as always, if anything is at all unclear make sure to ask me ( my email can be found under the “contact me” button at the top of the page).
Also, if you would like a tutorial on fusible applique or on how I made this little girl, please let me know…I’d be happy to do those if there is enough interest :).
Until next time~happy creating!