Today I’m going to show you an easy way to join binding ends with the pocket method, PLUS, I’ve got a great tip on how to get perfectly mitered corners!
There are a lot of different ways to go about joining the beginning and ending tails of the binding, and I find this pocket method to be the easiest way for a beginning quilter.
I’ve made four videos, all on different aspects of binding. These videos can all be found at my classroom on The Quilt Show. Recently, The Quilt Show has been highlighting these videos on their blog so I’ve been getting a bit more traffic here on my blog. Which I appreciate! So I thought I should make a few tutorials for my followers that piggyback the videos. And/or you could just watch the video, but sometimes you don’t want the audio!
The first video covers most of the basics – from trimming the quilt sandwich, joining the binding strips with a diagonal seam and joining the binding ends with a “pocket”. I’m going to focus today’s tutorial on the pocket method and a little trick I discovered to get perfect mitered corners.
Prepare your binding strips as you normally would. THEN:
- Fold one end of the binding at a diagonal, creating a triangle, and press.
- Trim away the corner leaving a generous 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Refold the binding and press.
- Pin this end of the binding to the quilt sandwich.
Begin stitching the binding about 1″ below the folded edge. I just pinned the end of the binding in place, but you may want to stitch the bottom edge down first.
Continue stitching the binding around the quilt sandwich, mitering each corner. See my tip at the end of this post for a perfect mitered corner.
Joining the ends
- When you come near the beginning tail of the binding, stop and cut the binding at a diagonal, about 1/2″ below the folded edge of the pocket.
- Tuck the cut end into the pocket and make sure it lies straight and flat. Pin in place.
- Continue stitching until you reach the beginning, overlapping your stitches or backstitching to secure.
- The pocket can be closed with hand stitching, or you can leave it open (if you’re
lazytight on time).
The result will look like you sewed a seam, especially when you finish the binding and close up the pocket. You don’t need any fancy rulers or tricky math equations to make this method work.
How to get perfectly mitered corners:
Knowing where to stop stitching when you reach a corner is always a guessing game, but I’ve come up with a great little trick.
- About 5 inches before you reach the corner, fold the binding strip at a 45 degree diagonal, away from the quilt sandwich. Finger press it, making a crease.
- Stop stitching (with your needle down) when you reach the crease.
- Pivot and stitch out to the corner, following the crease.
Turn the quilt sandwich and fold the binding strip up and away from the quilt sandwich – the same way you did to form the crease. Make sure there is a visual straight line from the raw edge of the quilt sandwich to the edge of the binding.
Fold the binding back down on itself, making sure the fold on top is even with the top edge of the quilt sandwich and that it’s boxed well (as opposed to the “bad” photo, bottom right).
Continue stitching from the folded edge to the next corner.
If you follow that little method, you’ll have perky points on the corner of your quilts from now on!
There will be more binding tutorials in the next few weeks. I’ll be showing you my favorite way to join the binding ends with a seam and how to machine quilt the binding with no hand sewing involved. Stay tuned!