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5 tips to create the best ever quilt binding finish

In yesterday’s post, I quilted my table runner so in this final blog post of the week, I want to share my 5 tips to create the best ever binding finish. This project, made with the beautiful Kayana Autumn Collection by Banyan Batiks is the perfect example of how you can play with the fabric in your binding to get the final touch just right in your table runner.

 

5 tips to create the best ever binding finish

 

I usually make a binding by adding the strips at an angle so that it’s virtually impossible to determine where the binding process actually began. But I wanted it to be different for this piece as I had a beautiful corner block showing off a light fabric along with the main piece that changed color along the way. So I needed the binding to showcase the same changes.

TIP 1: Length of binding

Now for the record, I always cut my binding strips at 2¼” and fold in half so that I have a double layer binding to ensure longevity. For this project, I started by picking the fabrics and setting them beside the table runner in order to determine which should go where for a better visual impact.

 

Setting the binding for best visual impact

 

Once I had determined which strip went where, I was able to see which needed to be joined at an angle and which needed to be joined in a straight line. Usually, I don’t recommend joining the strips end to end as the joining area will be bulkier. But the visual impact of adding a light fabric binding edge along the corner block area on this piece outweighed the bulkiness.

TIP 2: Joining strips at a 45° angle

I still joined all the other pieces at a 45° angle and sewed them to the table runner before making that corner. Here are the steps:

  • Lay the two ends that are to be joined, with right sides together, at a 90° angle. I usually ensure that they overlap each other so that I can clearly see the corners.
  • Sew corner to corner across. Look closely at the picture to ensure you’re sewing on the correct angle.
  • Cut off the excess fabric, open the seams, and press with an iron.

 

Joining binding at an angle

 

 

Cut off excess and pressing the seams open

 

Repeat to join all the binding strips, with the exception of the light colored binding. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron the fold.

Begin stitching on the top side of the table runner. Now you’ll want to sew the strip clockwise, so start about 6″ – 8″ from the edge of the light colored block and sew all the way until you reach 6″ – 8″ from the other edge of the light colored block.

TIP 3: Handling corners

Stop sewing at a ¼” from the actual corner, leaving the needle down in the table runner.

Rotate the table runner to sew out to the corner edge.

Take the loose end of your binding and fold away from the table runner, using the seam you just made sewing to the edge of the corner.

Take the long end of the binding once more and fold it back so that the raw edge of the binding lines up with the raw edge of the next section of the table runner.

Begin sewing from the corner edge.

 

Stop sewing at a ¼” from the actual corner, leaving the needle down in the table runner. Then rotate the table runner to sew out to the corner edge.

 

 

Take the loose end of your binding and fold away from the table runner, using the seam you just made sewing to the edge of the corner

 

 

Take the long end of the binding once more and fold it back so that the raw edges of the binding lines up with the raw edge of the next section of the table runner

 

TIP 4: Aligning binding to table runner

Align the binding to the side of the table runner and overlap the other binding edge.

I like to use the Omnigrid Marking Ruler to make this part. I set the center of the ruler on the seam of the block and I then mark the ¼” seam along each binding.

Ensure the mark is in excess on the right side (see picture below). Cut on the mark and sew binding edge to edge. Then sew the binding to the edge of the table runner.

 

Mark the binding according to block seam

 

 

Sewing the binding to the edge of the table runner

 

TIP 5: Quick and easy finish

Here’s my final trick that I just love when I’m in a hurry to finish a project and really want a perfect binding finish.

I use ¼” HeatnBond Quilter’s Edge Iron-On Adhesive Tape on the edge of the back of the table runner and position the edge of the binding over the tape and iron to hold.

Position the binding as you want it to look once finished as the iron sets it to the tape and the back of the table runner. Then position the table runner top facing you and stitch in the ditch of the binding. This will be the final step to a perfect finish.

 

Adding tape to the back of the binding

 

 

Stitching in the ditch of the binding for a quick finish

 

 

Great weekend project featuring Kayana Autumn Collection by Banyan Batiks

 

Hope these 5 tips will help you create your best ever binding finish. Hope you enjoyed this beautiful project using the Kayana Autumn Collection by Banyan Batiks. I think this is the best weekend project ever!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: The secret to modern quilting using the straight stitch

Married with three young boys, Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice at the Salon 2012 for her quilt Thomas goes fishing • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 for her quilt Bienvenue • Second Place in Salon 2016 for her Lone Star quilt, and • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival 2016 for her quilt Remembering Sotchi. Her quilt Remembering Sotchi will be part of the Special Exhibit "A Celebration of Color" at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston in 2018.

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