Moda Bake Shop Basics: Binding



Welcome to our first series of Moda Bake Shop Basics! Oda May has rounded up a set of tutorials from our Chefs that will teach basic sewing and quilting skills. Today's post from Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique is all about binding.

This tutorial will teach you how to make straight binding (not cut on the bias). 


To get started, calculate how many inches of binding you will need. Measure the sides of your squared quilt, adding each side up for the total length. There are quilting calculators that will do this simple math for you, but I've included the basic formulas below. My latest Bake Shop recipe - Jumping Jacks Quilt - measured almost 60" square so I'll use that as an example:

(Quilt Length x 2) + (Quilt Width x 2) = Total Binding Inches
(60 x 2) + (60 x 2) = 240 inches of binding

Total Binding Inches/Usable Width of Fabric = Number of Strips to Cut
240/42 =  5.71 strips (round up to 6)

Number of Strips x Strip Width = Yardage Needed
6 x 2.5 =  15 inches (round up to 1/2 yard)

Now that you know how many strips are needed, it is time to cut.


Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Connect the binding strips end-to-end at a bias by placing two ends right sides together at a 90 degree angle. Draw a diagonal line as indicated.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Stitch along the marked line.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Trim 1/4" seam allowance.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Open and press. Behold your binding strips connected at a bias!

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Once all strips are sewn together, fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and iron.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Line up the raw edge of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt (start in the middle of one side).

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Skipping the first 8" of the binding, stitch the binding in place using 3/8" seam allowance.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Keep sewing until you are almost to the end of that side. Stop exactly 3/8" away from the edge of that side.
Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Remove the quilt from the sewing machine. Extend the binding strip in a straight line.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Fold the binding upward (90 degree angle) in a straight line with the next side.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Fold it down to line up with the next side of the quilt. Pin in place if necessary.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Resume the 3/8" seam allowance from the top of that side and keep sewing until you are 3/8" away from the end of that side. Repeat the fold at all corners.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Once you have pivoted at all corners, keep sewing until you are a few feet away from the beginning of the binding.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Trim the binding tails to overlap by exactly 2-3/4" (the binding thickness, 2.5", plus 1/4").

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Unfold the binding strip tails and bring them right sides together at a bias. Draw a diagonal line as indicated and pin in place.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial
Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

After you have sewn along the marked line, trim 1/4" seam allowance.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Press the seam allowance open and flat.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Fold the binding strip back in half lengthwise. It should be an exact fit!

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Resume stitching until you meet the beginning stitches.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial
Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Fold the binding up and over to the back of the quilt.

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Using a double-threaded needle, stitch through the batting and back fabric and into folded edge of the binding, at an angle.

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Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Repeat, stitching through the back and batting directly below the exit point of thread through the binding in the previous stitch.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial
Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Mitering the corners: when you reach the corner, extend the binding in a straight line (it will end in a 45 degree angle).

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Fold the binding strip in to meet in the corner. Resume stitching.

Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial
Vanessa's Jumping Jacks quilt tutorial

Happy binding!


& Vanessa Goertzen {lellaboutique.blogspot.com}

24 comments:

jatajomi said...

Thank you for this great tutorial !
Greatings from Germany !

Marion said...

Thank you so much for such lovely clear instructions.

Marion

Jitka Oherová, Czech Repubic said...

It is great tutorial. I only do not understand exactly:

Trim the binding tails to overlap by exactly 2-3/4" (the binding thickness, 2.5", plus 1/4").

What is 1/4"? When you use 3/8" seam allowance?

Lisa said...

Jitka, the 1/4" was the seam allowance for the bias binding, where you sew the two diagonal lines together.

Kim-the-girl said...

Best binding tutorial I've seen! Thank you!!!

Jan said...

Excellent tutorial. It explains binding so clearly and I am going to use this method for my next quilt.
Thank you
Jan

Louise Hunter said...

Love this! So clear and easy to follow. I've struggled with mitred corners in the past but not any more.
Looking forward to other tutorials, many thanks :)

I am Just One Mom said...

Perfect tut. Love it (partly because this is exactly how I do my bindings...:)
Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

mylittlecorner said...

This was a wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

Missy said...

Thank you, thank you! I have been putting this off forever, and now I'm not afraid to try it. Wonderful tutorial. THANKS!

Tammy Vonderschmitt said...

Great lesson, very professional looking finish

lavis.jenny said...

After you stop to fold up the corner and then resume the 3/8" seam allowance, do you being from the very corner of the quilt or 3/8" from the corner?

Unknown said...

This tutorial is very clear and will help me next time. Thank you so much
Marie from France

Maggie said...

If I want a wider binding do the measurements change regarding the mitreing? Thanks for a great tutorial.

Nicopatch France said...

Hello! Thanks for this great tutorial!I have a question:
When you unfold the binding strip tails and bring them right sides together at a bias you draw a diagonal line but it seems that it is not right the corner but at a 1/8", why?
Thanks for your reply

Brianna said...

lavis.jenny, you start sewing down 3/8ths of an inch. You should be able to feel the diagonal line of fabric underneath the fold, and you want to start just past it. Otherwise it will be tacked down. I like to use my fingernail to make a crease there so I can see where the diagonal line ends and where I can start.

Maggie, you would stop the same distance away as the width of your sewing your binding. So if you were sewing a 3/4 inch seam, you would stop 3/4 inch from the end. You'd start again 3/4 in from the corner as well, this is where your two lines will almost meet.

Carol said...

wonderful photos and explanation for binding. one thing I thought was left out was in figuring the total inches of binding, I include 12 inches to allow for the mitering of the 4 corners. And sometimes if the measurement is very close, even that is not enough. I was also curious about the photo showing the beginning and ending tails being stitched together but not overlapping at the exact end. I am not quite sure I understand why it would be 1/8" inside the ends of the binding strips. I will try that next time and see if I can see why.

Lella Boutique said...

lavis.jenny: You can also just stitch the 3/8" right from the top of that side. My mom originally taught me the way Brianna describes but I recently learn that you don't have to start stitching on the same spot where you ended at the corner. Just stitch from the top of that side!

Nicopatch France: It looks like the picture is a little off (the result of trying to hold it and photograph it at the same time). When you overlap the strips by 1/8" you need the diagonal line to run from corner to corner ONLY in the overlapped area (just like when we originally connect all the binding strips at a bias). So it should be 1/8" in from the ends of the strips. Hope that makes sense. I will try and redo the picture when I get a second!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

Thank you. The tails are my hardest part. I have to remember this for my next quilt!

Scojean said...

Love this! Is there a way to print it?

Lin said...

A quick way to keep copy and then to print is
To Copy the content and the Paste into an email
If you have no print function then email it someone/husband who print it or save as a document
For future access

Peppi said...

I have seen a few binding Tutorials.. but this one is the very best... very clear and easy to understand.
Thankyou so much!!

Fabrik ETC said...
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Atelier de Charo said...

Great tutorial, thanks!!!