Now that you’ve made your binding and sewn it to your quilt, you need to join the ends of the binding. (First, a little FYI: The first time I did this, I almost lost my mind. I don’t know why, but I looked at every tutorial on the Internet, and could not get it to work. So, I have taken it on as my personal mission in life to explain this well.)
So, at the end of the last tutorial, this is what you had.
A nice empty space where you will join the ends of your binding.
As I’ve said before, I’m a fan of having too much fabric rather than too little, but I may have gone to extremes in this case. Look at all my extra binding.
I don’t need nearly this much, so I trimmed the excess to make it more manageable. I just used scissors. If you have this much extra binding, don’t worry about measuring, just trim a few inches off to make it easier to work with.
To join the ends, your binding ends are going to have to overlap. The length of the overlap needs to be the same as the width of the binding. So, in this case, my binding is 2 inches wide, so I want my ends to overlap by 2 inches. I try to get them to overlap in the middle of the open space. It doesn’t have to be exactly in the middle, I just like them close to that point.
Ok, you are going to have to cut your fabric! This is scary, but be brave! 🙂 Here’s a picture of what it will look like when you’re done. Cut each end of the binding to make them overlap by two inches.
Here’s another view.
Now open the strips.
I also gather my quilt to make it a little easier to maneuver. I just pinch it together below where I’m working on the binding. It creates a little slack, making it easier to work with the binding ends.
Now take your binding ends and place them right sides together. Make sure the right sides are together. To me, it feels a little awkward placing the right sides together. It doesn’t seem like the fabric naturally wants to do this, so be careful and make sure you put the right sides together.
If you’re looking down at your binding, like I am in this picture, the end from the right side is on the bottom and the end from the left side is on the top. It does make a difference.
Now pin the ends together. You can also draw a line from corner to corner if you want, like I did. This line is where you’ll sew.
Before actually sewing, you can check and see if you did everything correctly. The purple line is where your thread will be, so you can kind of gently turn the fabric to see if everything looks right before you sew. I know that’s not exactly clear, but just pretend the purple line is actually thread and play with it for a second. You should be able to tell if you’ve done it correctly.
If everything looks good, go ahead and sew. Backstitch when you start and stop sewing. Remember that your seam ripper is your friend. If you’ve messed something up just rip it out and try again.
Once your binding is sewn together, it should look like this.
It’s a little lumpy, so take your scissors and cut off the extra fabric. Cut on the side that will leave with you with 2 little triangles of fabric. If you cut the other side you’ll cut your actual binding. Yes, I’ve done that before. 🙂
Now your binding should look like this. You can run your iron over it, if you’d like to make it a little flatter. (I didn’t, but it’s can’t hurt.)
Now you just need to finish sewing it to your quilt.
This is probably self-explanatory, but figure out where the binding is not already sewn to the quilt and start sewing a little before that point. You’ll stop sewing just after the point where the binding is already attached to the quilt. Don’t forget to backstitch when you start and stop.
And it’s done. Now all that’s left to do is sew the binding to the other side of your quilt.
And if you’d like to see the first 2 parts of this little series: