Are you like me --- attention to detail is foremost in your quilting? When I first began quilting I used the old method of tucking the tail of your binding into the folded end where you begain stitching your binding to the quilt edge. I never liked this method - I felt it gave a sort of unfinished, bulky look to the edge of my quilts. Then somewhere along the way I learned a much better and more finished look in attaching my binding to the quilt. Today I'm going to attempt to show you this method. This is my first tutorial, so forgive me if I don't make sense anywhere and feel free to email me with questions you might have!
Let's get started. Begin by sewing your binding to the quilt - you all know how to do that - then leave a 10" unsewn opening on one edge of the quilt. I always use a 2 1/4" binding because I like the way it looks. You can use any size binding strips with this method. This next step is very important. Lay the remaining binding in place, overlapping the binding by the width of your binding strip - in this case I overlapped the binding by 2 1/4 inches, because my binding strips were cut at 2 1/4 inches. Cut off the remaining excess.
Next unfold the ends of the binding, place them right sides together, perpendicular to each other, and mark the diagonal seam line. Pin in place and sew down the length of your marked line. Trim the seam to 1/4" and press seam open.
Sew the remaining length of binding to the quilt, which if you measured correctly, will perfectly fit your 10 inch opening! You will have a diagonal seam that looks exactly like the rest of the seams where you joined your lengths of binding!
Remember, your binding can be any width as long as the overlap equals that width!
It amazes me that this isn't a quilting standard as it makes a very neat, finished edge. Most new patterns I purchase still show the old method I described at the beginning of this post. Again, feel free to email me if you need clarification on any of the steps.