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Quilt Binding Instructions: How to Sew on Binding

After you’ve made your quilt binding, it’s time to attach it to your quilt.

Remember when you made your binding? How you folded it in half and ironed? Ok, place that binding strip on the edge of your quilt with the side you can “open” facing UP. You could also say the raw edges should be facing up. If that doesn’t make sense (and I’m not sure it does) look at the picture below. The side you can open should be aligned with the edge of your quilt.

opening-faces-up

Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, start sewing (backstitch when you start sewing!) about 8-10 inches from the end of your binding strip. You start 8-10 inches from the end because you’re going to need some extra fabric when you attach the ends together, which I’ll talk about soon in another post.  (And it’s probably a good idea to stop here and attach your walking foot, I didn’t, but I probably should have.)

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Quilt Binding Instructions: Make Your Own Binding

I’m ready to bind this quilt, so I thought I’d write up a little tutorial about how to make your own quilt binding. It’s easy to make. The only tricky part, in my opinion, is that it’s a little cumbersome because you’re dealing with such long pieces of material.

***I always say this, but there are definitely several ways to make quilt binding, this is just how I do it. I’m not saying this is the “right” way, it’s just my way.***

First, measure the length and width of your quilt. Don’t worry about being exact, it’s good to be generous with your measurements. (I used my quilt ruler to measure because it was close by, use whatever you have.)

use quilt ruler to measure quilt

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