Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Camille's Binding Tutorial

Thimble Blossom's Camille Roskelley has gifted us with another tutorial. For all of you who have ever been too intimidated to try binding your own quilt, Camille breaks it down in easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Click to see the pictures bigger. Enjoy! And thanks, Camille!

  1. Cut 2-1/2" strips as directed in the pattern you are following. Trim ends.

  2. Sew strips end to end lengthwise, creating one long strip.

  3. Press in half lengthwise. I like to roll my binding up so it is easier to work with.

  4. Start in the middle of one side, leaving at least 4" of binding that is not stitched down. Stitch with raw edges of binding to raw edge of quilt. Stitch binding through all layers.

  5. When you get to a corner, stop 1/4" before the corner. Backstitch. Remove quilt from under presser foot.

  6. Fold binding upward making sure quilt top and binding form straight line.

  7. Holding the fold in place, bring the binding down in line with the quilt edge.

  8. Start stitching at the top of fold and continue stitching binding.

  9. When you come back to where you started stitching, leave a 4" space and stop. Measure binding, connect ends and trim. Continue stitching binding.

  10. When binding is machine stitched on, bring folded edge around to back of quilt, miter corners, and hand stitch in place.

  11. Rejoice! No more being scared of binding! Now you can dig out all those binding-less projects and finish them in no time. Happy Binding!


PamKittyMorning said...

Nice work Camille! I love the little table quilt!

Lalie said...

Wow thanks!
You make it look easy. I think I'm going to attempt binding a quilt this week.


C. said...

this is perfect! thanks so much!

Lia Mahony said...

but it's a day late.
I finished my first binding yesterday!


Kaye said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Camille does fabulous work. She's got real talent.

The Brandleys said...

Yay, now if I ever forget I can just check here!

The Brandleys said...

oh but one question was does it mean to miter corners? I think that is what I do wrong everytime.

James and Tricia Thomas said...

I love that quilt!! Did you use a pattern? Thanks!!

Mina said...

Thank you so much, it´s easier than I imagined, I ´ve just found your tutorial and I´ve learned finally because of your photographs.