Monday, January 21, 2013

Self-Binding Quilt Tutorial

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Self-Binding Quilt Tutorial
Self Binding means: 
Bring the quilt backing to the front and using it as your binding

Trim the batting even with your quilt top

Cut you backing 1" from the quilt edge

Fold the backing to the edge of the quilt, 1/2", I like to press it down

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Again, fold the backing over onto the quilt top, make sure you are on the quilt top with the edge, this is your sewing edge, pin it down

Fold the corner over as shown

And then do the steps as before, 
fold over half way and
then fold over half way again. 
Pin well.

Sometimes at the corner you will have to move it around a bit
to make the corner perfect, go slow and pin well. 

When I get it like I like,  pin and I press a bit, between pins and at the corner
it holds it just a bit better. 
Remember, pressing is up and down with an iron. 
Doing it up and down your fabric will not stretch or move.

With your machine sew along the backing edge, do a few back stitches to hold ends

I like doing 2 rows of stitching, just my personal like.

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  1. Thanks for the neat tip on self binding. I wanted to copy it to put in my "Binder of Quilt Tips" but only the 1st page would print. Wonder why?

    1. Give it another try, I'm writing on the blog this morning (some huge images) and I may have something to do with it ? ?

  2. This is my favorite way of binding a quilt. My grandmother did this so until I joined a guild and started attending shows, I thought *everyone* did binding this way! According to Teddy Pruett, this type of binding is characteristic of the "poor Southern" region of our country.

    1. Poor Southern?? What does that mean? I grew up Southern and never heard this term. We were taught different ways to bind a quilt, and we didn't consider ourselves "poor". What region of the south do you consider "poor southern"?

    2. Sara,
      I've not heard of "Poor Southern" way, but at my house it's the get it done and use the quilt way.

    3. Yep, I agree. I am from the South and it was the frugal way.

  3. I love these. They are so pretty, and I love the idea of self binding. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  4. Great tip! I wondered how to make those pretty corners.

  5. I have been told this is not the correct way as it is a weak binding. Phooey! I do this and have not had a single problem.

  6. I have had the same experience of a couple of people "looking down their nose" at this type of binding when I've used it, saying nothing but saying TONS by their expressions. I agree - phooey!! If it works and gets the quilt into use, it is the correct way to finish a quilt! Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is my favorite way to bind a quilt. I use it often.

  8. I'm sure that Poor Southern is just an expression. It is a less expensive and easier way to bind - lighten up, people!

  9. I have done this on my last few quilts. Place mats, too. I like it! I'm not so sure about it 'wearing out faster', as another commenter said- I would think that a continuous fold from the back that you can machine stitch onto the front would be a heck of a lot sturdier than having to hand stitch a separate binding. Despite lots of washing, my place mats are holding up very well.

  10. I'm in the process of making my third quilt for the third grandchild, and a forth in the waiting :) so I think I will try this, it looks great, easier and sturdier too, so good timing that I saw this tip, thanks!


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