Continuing the binding lesson. This is the step described in the last part of lesson one. It's my finger holding the little triangle fold in position. This is what yours should look like, if you turned the corner using this method. The method is descr in full detail in the Fons and Porter Quilters Complete Guide. I use that book alot.
Alright, you've sewn all the way around now, and done a small overlap to end the binding strips. Cut it off just beyond that first folded over section. On a flat surface(or in your lap if you are talented like me *G*) press the binding out beyond the edge of the quilt. It looks like this.
Fold over, in the neighborhood of 1/4" of the binding down onto itself.And fold over again to pin to the back of the quilt. Do this all the way around, or just as you come to that part of the hand stitching. Here it is finger pressed and pinned to the back of the quilt. Stitch down by hand if desired.
And here is what the type of narrow, flat binding I make looks like on the front of the quilt. It works for me! It has a very neat look. Even if you like doubled binding, this method is excellent for small quilted objects like pot holders, doll quilts and very small quilts. It seems more in scale with the size of the quilt on those.
Of course, as with everything, you may run into a glitch or two as you work on various quilts. I often have to trim abit of batting away for the 1/4" to cover it. I could cut the binding wider, but then I get a little extra pooching of excess binding at the edge, and I don't like that look. Please feel free to ask me questions or for more details if needed.
Ideas for next Christmas
3 hours ago