Looking for a way to quickly and neatly bind your mini quilt? Let me show you all my tricks. I bind mini quilts differently than my larger quilts. For larger quilts, I use 2 1/2'' binding, a 3/8'' seam allowance, and then I hand sew the folded edge down on the back so no stitching shows.
For mini quilts, I still use 2 1/2'' wide binding. Fold the binding in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) and press.
Binding Seam Allowance
So that I can sew the binding entirely by machine (no hand sewing), I sew it to my quilt with a 1/4'' seam allowance.
Always use a walking foot (or even feed foot) for attaching quilt binding. It helps prevent puckering.
Leave a tail of binding about 6-8'' long, and start sewing the binding to the mini quilt on one side.
Mitering the Corners
To miter the corners, sew until you are 1/4'' away from the edge on one side, and then backstitch.
Fold the binding to the right, making a neat 45 degree angle.
Then fold the binding back to the left with the fold right on the edge. Secure with a clip or pin.
Start sewing near the edge, backstitch to the edge, and then continue sewing the binding to your mini quilt.
Joining the Binding
Stop sewing the binding and backstitch when you are 4-6'' away from the starting point. Move your mini quilt to the ironing board.
Bring the binding to meet in the middle and fold the ends back. Press the area where the two folds meet to make a nice crease.
Mark the crease with a pen, if desired.
Unfold the binding and place the two ends right sides together, matching the crease lines. Pin.
You may have to fold the mini quilt a bit to get the binding to match up nicely. The smaller the quilt, the trickier this might be.
Sew along the crease or drawn line and trim the seam allowance to 1/4''. Press or finger press the seam allowance open.
Refold the binding and finish sewing it to the quilt.
Securing the Binding to the Other Side
As I mentioned before, on larger quilts I usually hand sew my binding to the back of the quilt so no stitching shows. But mini quilts are more fun and casual, so I don't think it's necessary unless you really want to.
Another option is to stitch in the ditch from the right side of the mini quilt, catching the binding on the back. In order for this to work, the binding must be wrapped tightly around and secured to the back.
You may use pins, but my last binding trick uses glue. Yup, the Super Stik (another white glue stick might work too). Apply it to the binding on the back, wrap it around, and use your iron to quickly set and dry the glue. That edge won't move now, so you can safely sew from the front.
Now sew in the ditch (as close to the binding as you can without sewing on it).
Try to start and stop on a piece of fabric that is the same color as your thread so the backstitching will be less noticable.
Do you have any more tips or tricks to share? Tell us in the comments.
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