Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Bind 120° Angles Tutorial

Binding Tutorial Posts
Basics Post #2 - Bias Binding
Basics Post #3 - Scrappy Bias Binding
Single Fold Binding (for mini quilts & small projects)   

Today I'm going to give you tips on how to bind the 120° hexagon edges of a quilt!

Binding hexagon edges may seem hard... but it isn't! It can be a fun way to finish a quilt.

I used this technique with my Science Fair quilts.

...and with my recent Junior Ballerina quilt that I made for Jonah.


First you will need to create your binding. I highly suggest Bias Binding for working around Hexagon Edges. Bias binding is necessary to get a great finish around the 120° angles. Make continuous bias binding or cut individual bias strips with a rotary cutter. Complete Bias Binding directions can be found in the previous Bias Binding tutorial.
Note: The angles of the quilt shown in this tutorial are 120° angles. This method will work with other angles between 90° and 180°.

1. Begin by sewing binding along one of the straight sides of the quilt with a ¼” seam allowance. Stop sewing ¼” from edge of quilt top and backstitch.

2. Fold binding over so that it points away from the next section of the quilt top. (Red Line)

3. Fold binding back over and align with the edge of the quilt top. Pin in place.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all convex angles.

5. Cut into quilt top 1/8” at each concave angle.

6. Stitch binding in place until you get to the center of the angle.

7. Leave your needle down and pivot the quilt top 30° until the next section is straight in front of you. Ease the binding around and continue sewing the binding in place.

8. The binding at the Concave angles will stick up until it is hand stitched in place on the back.

9. Use Clover Wonder clips or other binding clips to wrap the binding around to the back. Miter the convex angles.

10. Ease the bias binding around at the concave angles and clip in place. 

11. Hand stitch binding in place to finish your quilt!


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Kelsey said...

Thank you for a great tutorial!

Unknown said...

I've stayed away from binding these kinds of edges but now I think I'll give them a try. Thank you for posting this easy to follow tutorial.

Florence said...

Great tuto thank you !

Denise in PA said...

As usual, great tutorial! Thank you - I will be following it when I make Science Fair o:)

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Great! I was struggling with this very recently and appreciate your tutorial very much! Thank you!

Unknown said...

I love your teachings! Looking forward to more! Thank you.

Shirley in Canada said...

Thank you for the great tutorial!! I never knew how to do this, but just did what I though was "fudging", but your tutorial shows that I was on the right track!

Queenie Believe said...

Awesome tutorial. The added graphic really help!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

mascanlon said...

Photos are great on this Julie..will help a lot!!

gm said...

gracias, saludos Gm

VickiT said...

Awesome Julie! Great tutorial. Thank you so much.

✄ Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy ✄ said...

You have such awesome techniques! Thanks for sharing - I have to add this to my quilting bucket list!

s2br11 said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been in workshops/classes where the teacher was not able to convey what your tutorial just did so clearly. This is a KEEPER!
Mary Malone

Aliceart said...

Thank you!!!! I have been looking for this information for YEARS! So clear, and very helpful.

cspoonquilt said...

Thank you for that tutorial. I always figure if I did some odd angled binding I would just muddle through (mostly what I do all the time) but now I have a clear idea of how to proceed. The process and pix are really clear. thanks, Claire W.

jeifner said...

Great tutorial thanks!

Amy Badskirt said...

Thanks Julie!

I've got a small quilt with odd size zigzags. I look forward to give this a try!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! Used it today to bind a hexie potholder.

Jane said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Nancy said...

Thank you! I m finishing up "Tiny Dancer" and could not figure out how to do the inside angle. Your pictures made it easy to understand.

heather said...

thank you! thank you! thank you! just what i needed! :)

atla said...

Thank you! This is a great tutorial. I've been looking at other tutorials for binding these angles and they all made it seem so complicated that I was tempted to just cut my quilt straight, but this makes it look easy peasy! <3

Quilting Deb said...

I used your tutorial but added the binding to the back and then topped stitched it on the front. Turned out purfect! Your tutorial really makes binding the angles stress free! Thank you so much!