Thursday, July 31, 2014

Single Fold Binding Tutorial

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

Single Fold Binding Tutorial
Above you'll find all the links to previous binding posts.

This tutorial is all about the steps to bind a mini quilt, like one of my Mini Jaybird Quilts.
Single fold binding is great for Mini Quilts and small projects. 
*Please note it is less durable and not recommended for quilts that will be used and washed often.
1. Cut binding strips 1 1/4" wide.
2. Piece strips together at a 45° angle to create one continuous strip long enough to go around the entire quilt.  

3. Trim the seam allowance to a 1/4" and press seams open. 
4. Align the binding with the quilted mini quilt, right sides together as shown.
5. Leave a 5" - 7" tail of binding loose at the start, & sew binding onto quilt with a 1/4" seam allowance. 
6. Stop 1/4" from the corner and backstitch. Take your time & be precise with this step. Mark the 1/4" on the binding if needed.
7. Fold the binding away from the quilt top as shown. It should be 90° from where it was.
8. Fold it back onto the quilt as shown and put a pin in place to hold it.
9. Continue sewing the binding in place with a 1/4" seam allowance stopping and repeating the steps above at each corner. Stop 9" to 10" from where you started to sew the binding on the quilt.
10. Trim the starting edge of the binding to a 45° angle as shown below if it is not already cut at a 45° angle.
11. Lay the long end of the binding on the quilt as shown.

12. Lay the starting tail of the binding on top of the long end as shown and use a ruler to mark the location on the longer piece.

13. Slide a small cutting mat underneath the long tail of binding as shown.
14. Draw a line 1/2" further past the first line. (This will account for the 1/4" seam allowance needed on each of the pieces.

15. Cut along the new line to trim off the excess binding.
16. Place the ends right sides together as shown. It helps to fold the quilt so you don't have to pull on the ends as much.
17. Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance and press the seam open.

18. Finish sewing the binding in place with a 1/4" seam. It should lay flat & you shouldn't be able to tell which seam was the last seam sewn together in the binding.
19. Use an iron on medium heat to press the binding away from the front of the quilt. (Don't press much in the corners.)
20. Flip the quilt over to the back.
21. Carefully press the binding around to the back.

22. Turn the raw edge under and pin in place with glass head pins. Repeat around the entire quilt top. Miter each corner as you go.
23. Gently press the binding in place on top of the glass head pins.
24. Once the binding is ironed in place, remove the glass head pins and replace them with wonder clips. Hand sew the binding in place to finish your project.


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CapitolaQuilter said...

Thanks for the tutorial - I've always gone for my standard double fold not really quite sure how to handle the raw edge but you make it look easy.

Little Quiltsong said...

Thank you for this tutorial. I've definitely struggled when binding small items. You've shown me an easier way - I really appreciate this.

Anita said...

Very cool! I'll have to try it out on my next mini :)

janequiltsslowly said...

This is just what I do for single fold bindings on mini quilts, but I do one extra step before I sew the binding to the quilt: I turn one long edge of the binding in a scant 1/4" before I sew it on the quilt, then I sew it onto the quilt using the raw edge, just like you do. I find it is less fiddly to do this than to try to press under that edge after it is sewn onto the quilt.

Karen said...

Thank you, Julie! This makes so much sense--great photos and instructions for this quilting newbie!

Ralitza said...

You are binding a beautiful quilt, Julie! Love the back too.

Susieboots said...

I bought the hex n more ruler this past spring along with a pattern. I can not wait till our Sept. retreat to try it out. So many of my friends can't say enough about it.

Mr D. said...

I've never had the nerve to try hexagons but would love to with this ruler!

Roch167 said...

I bought this ruler and the mini obe as well. Ive done candy dish and look forward to trying many more.

Centergranny said...

Great, Thanks!

diane said...

thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm a long time quilter, and I am a very visual learner (several things I just cannot do unless I have someone teach me in person). finishing up the binding ON THE QUILT has always escaped me. I THINK I GOT IT!

M and M plus 3 said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. For the life of me, I could not think how it would differ from double layered binding. You saved me this morning with this tutorial, Thank you again!

Nono & Nona said...

Great tutorial; perfect pictures and descriptions!