Tutorial #2 – Making Your Own Binding

10 Step Making Your Own Binding Tutorial

**Once again, this tutorial assumes you know basic sewing terms.  Any questions, please leave a comment!**

Step 1: Bitchin’ sewing tunes.  These days it’s The Alternate Routes for me, but that’s because I’m a hippy.  ^.^;

Step 2: Gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • A measuring tape (or ruler)
  • At least 1/2 a yard (and at most 2 yards) of 44″ wide fabric
  • A rotary cutter
  • A mat (or thick cardboard) to go under the rotary cutter
  • An iron
  • A sewing machine (and all it’s accoutrements)
  • Straight pins

Step 3: Measure around the outside of the piece you wish to bind (all four sides!  Sometimes they’re not even!).  Add the length of each side together and then add another 10″ for corners and trimming purposes.  So, let’s say you’re making a quilt that is 36″ x 24″ x 36″ x 24″.  Totaled, that’s 120″.  Plus 10″ for corners/trimming = 130″.

Divide this number by 44″ (so, for our example, 130″ / 44″ = 2.95).  You will need this many strips of 3″ x 44″ fabric to make your binding – in the case of this example, you would need 2.95 strips, so really 3 strips.

Step 4: Next, pull out the fabric you intend to use to make your binding and press it press it press it!

Step 5: After you’ve pressed your fabric, bust out that rotary mat and cutter (or whatever you are using for the cutting part) and cut however many 3″ strips you need to make your binding (remember – for our example, 3 strips).  Make sure to cut parallel to the edge of the fabric that is 44″ long (measure, if you must!).

So, you should end up with strips that look like this (and are 44″ long!):

Step 6: Next, take one strip and lay it down so that it is pointing left to right.  Take a second strip and lay it down on top of the 1st strip so that it is pointing up and down and the corners of the fabric match up, like this:

Pin them in place on the diagonal.

(please excuse – for some reason this pin is pointing the wrong way.  if this pin is pointing diagonally right to left, you should make sure that when you pin your corner, the pin is diagonally pointing left to right.  in other words, the pin head here is on the right and should be on the left.)

Step 7: Sew the two pieces of fabric together on the diagonal.  Back stitch at the beginning and ending of the line for strength if you like (not necessary, but useful).

Step 8: After you’ve sewn the fabric together, this is what it should look like (and how that pin in Step 6 should have been pinned!)

Trim the excess fabric to 1/4″ seam allowance.  Important Note!  To avoid having to unpick stitches, when you are attaching more than two strips together for binding (like in our example – 3 strips), make sure when you repeat this step that you are attaching your fabric right sides together.  Sounds self-explanatory, but I’ve had to undo my corners (and have wasted fabric) a million times because I wasn’t careful about how my seams would fall (you want seams to fall on the inside, or wrong sides of the fabric).

Step 9: If necessary, repeat Step 8 (remember, only if there’s more than 2 strips).  Then open the seam out so that you have one long strip of fabric and press the seam.  You can press it open, but I find that pressing it to one side or the other is actually cleaner in the finished product.

Step 10: Once you’ve attached all of your strips in this fashion and pressed all of your seams, fold the one long strip of fabric in half height-wise.  In other words, you’ll be folding 3″ fabric in half to look like 1 1/2″ fabric.  Press it down to keep the fold.

(by hand, waiting for the iron to come through and make this a bit more permanent!)

(still waiting on the iron!)

(ahh!  ironed!)

Hooray!  Now you have your binding!  Attaching it is super easy, but until I can get pictures up for that, directions will have to wait.  They should be up soon!  *crosses fingers*

By the way, you can use this tutorial in combination with the Square-in-a-Square Block tutorial to make adorable coasters!


About Which Stitchery

For almost as long as I can remember, I have been in love with fabric and all of the amazing things you can do with it. I've made costumes, hats, and dabbled in corsetry. I made quilts and I knit and I crochet and I wonder what sort of crazy things I can do with pretty much every scrap of fabric I come across. Next up: learning how to batik! Welcome to this happy little blog, which will chronicle my projects as I work on various new ways to make the world around me a little more colorful!
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