Binding Series: Make Your Own Continuous Binding

OK! We’ve got our binding tape from part 1, and now we’re ready to pin it to our project.

pin binding

Unfold your tape from its final pressing, and pin it to the raw edge of your quilt with right sides together. Leave yourself a tail at the beginning, since we need something to overlap with our tail at the end. I’m pinning it to the back side of my quilt, so I’ll be sewing the last part from the front of my quilt.

Make sure you’re only pinning a single thickness. When you start sewing, you’re going to sew along the first crease line (or right next to it, to give yourself a little more room).

Keep pinning down the edge until you get to the corner. Now what?

folding corner

 

 

Fold your binding strip up at a 45 degree angle to the corner (like in the above picture)….

mitered corner 1

Then fold that piece straight back down. You’re essentially creating a little triangle pocket, and that piece is what’s going to create your mitered corner when you fold the binding over the edge. Magic!

There's our little triangular pocket.

There’s our little triangular pocket.

Now that you can get around the corners with ease, pin around the edges until you get back to your loose tail piece. We’re going to do some more magic!

Overlap your tail pieces by the width of your binding strip. For me, that’s going to be 2 inches.

continuous overlap

Then, we’re going to turn one of those pieces 90 degrees and sew across the diagonal, just like when we pieced the strips together to start with.

diagonal join

See? My strips are overlapped at a 90 degree angle, and I’m going to sew across the diagonal edge to make one continuous binding loop.

continuous binding

Ta daaa! Now finish pinning the last couple inches, and you’ll be ready to start sewing it by your preferred method. In the next part, we’re going to talk about sewing it all down by machine.

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