I love binding quilts. I find doing a binding by hand so relaxing. The anticipation of a finished quilt makes me feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I know not everyone is excited about binding as I am. Hopefully these binding tips and tricks will get you a little closer to a finish.
Who knows you may learn to love it like I do. A scrappy binding is a fun finish. It’s also a great way to use up a few scraps. Here is my method.
First I cut strips. I like to vary my strips. These strips vary in width from 4 1/2″ to 6 1/2″. They are about 22″ long. This will give you enough binding for a twin size quilt. Then I arrange them in a pleasing manner and sew them together.
Use the video tutorial at the end of this post to finish creating your scrappy binding
Once my binding is made I like this method for applying it to my quilt. It is so satisfying when I sew those ends together and pull it back to stitch the last little bit. Everything fits so nicely! YEA!
I do love the relaxing rhythm of hand stitch a binding. I don’t always have the time to enjoy this luxury so I often machine bind my quilts. This method meets with many of my binding snob friends expectations. It gives a nice clean finish. With no stitching showing on the front to the quilt. It gets lost as you stitch in the ditch.
I hope these tips get you a little closer to loving that final step of quilt. And help you check off a few more UFO’s.