I hope you’ve had a chance to explore modern machine quilting from yesterday’s post. If you’re finished, on to the binding!
For the binding, I chose an amazing bright yellow-green from Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes. I absolutely love it!
To make the binding, cut 3 strips at 2½” wide x the width of the chosen binding fabric (approximately 42″ on average). Sew strips together at a 45 degrees angle. Press seams and trim.
Press length of binding in half and make a 45 degree cut and fold at the start of the binding, as shown below.
Now for the hanging sleeve, cut a length of background fabric 3″ x the width of your quilt. Press sides in and bottom up. Pin to the top edge of your quilt before adding the binding and pin in place. I was able to create my hanging sleeve from the finished edge of the fabric so that I didn’t need to fold the bottom edge under!
Make sure the hanging sleeve is flat against the back of the quilt as you sew on the binding.
Remember to consider the binding and background colors when threading your machine to bind. I had a green thread in the top and a white thread in the bobbin, because my binding is green and my background fabric (on the quilt front) is white.
Begin the binding at a few inches away from a lower corner and a few inches past where the binding begins. Stitch all the way around making miters in the corners and when you come to the end/beginning of the binding strip, tuck them together.
Take the quilt to the ironing board and from the front, press the binding to help it flip over to the back.
Fold the binding to the back and pin in a few spots. Machine stitch from the back. If you keep just to the edge of the binding, the seam will nestle just beside the binding on the front.
Finally, press the quilt well and hand stitch the bottom edge of the hanging sleeve and you are done!
Find a place to display your gorgeous May Flowers wallhanging made using Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes and enjoy. Please share your creations on social media #banyanbatiksspring. I would love to see your work.
Happy spring to you all!