Quilt binding is the finishing part of quilt making. Your binding makes the quilt more attractive and helps to protect the other parts from unraveling. There are many methods that a quilter can use to bind quilts.
How Do You Join The End Of A Quilt Binding With A Diagonal Seam?
When you start binding your quilt, you leave a few inches of the quilt binding unsewn. As you come to the end of the binding leave a few inches unsewn so that you have two unfinished flaps on both sides.
Trim off one flap and place it on the bottom. Put the other flap on the trimmed flap. Sew them together with a 45-degree line at the point they touch and finish binding your quilt.
Steps To Join The Ends Of A Binding With A Diagonal Seam
The diagonal seam is used in many instances when binding a quilt. Here is how to use it when joining the ends of quilt binding.
Step 1. Start binding your quilt mid-way from one of the lengths. Layout your binding quilt from the middle of the length but, leave a few inches unsewn.
Step 2. Sew your binding all around the quilt until you are near the end.
Step 3. Leave a few inches of your binding unsewn so that you now have two opposite flaps of about 5 inches each unsewn.
Step 4. Layout one of the flaps flat on your quilt and cut off a small portion.
Step 5. Layout the now longer flap on top of the other flap. Layout the cut piece next to these flaps and cut off an equal size from the longer flap.
Step 6. Take the bottom binding, unfold it, and lay it flat on the quilt with its inside touching the quilt.
Step 7. Take the top flap, open it up and turn it towards you 180 degrees with the backside up.
Step 8. Line up the flap edges together perfectly and stick a pin on the flaps.
Step 9. At the bottom, line up the top and the right edges perfectly. Mark the bottom corner with your pen. Then draw a diagonal line from the point marked to the top of the corner where you have set your pins.
Step 10. Sew along this diagonal line.
Step 11. Remove it from the sewing machine and confirm that the flaps lie flat and straight on the quilt.
Step 12. Trim off the excess fabric above the horizontal line. And make sure that the binding lies flat on the quilt.
Now, sew the binding flat on the quilt.
Tips For Binding A Quilt With A Diagonal Seam
When you decide to bind a quilt, the first step to take is to cut your binding strips. It is recommended that you cut your fabrics at least 2 inches thick. This ensures that your quilt will be well within the borders that you create for it.
The next thing you need to do is to join your binding strips together. Before you start cutting your binding strips, you need to have measured the perimeter of your quilt. This will ensure that you know how long the binding strips you have to cut are.
You now need to join your binding strips together to form the quilt binding. There are many ways to join binding strips. Joining them with a diagonal seam is one of the easiest methods to join your binding strips.
Place your binding strips on your working area. Layout the next strip perpendicular to the first one. Draw a diagonal 45-degree line on which you will stitch your binding stitch. Set up another pair of strips and sew them perpendicular to the other strips to join the strips.
Now, sew the binding strips onto your quilt. When you sew your binding on the quilt, leave some of it unsewn at the starting point. This is the part of the binding that you will join with the last part by using a diagonal seam as in the instructions above.
Another factor to consider when you need to bind your quilt is the color of the binding. To match the color of your quilt to that of your binding, you can use fabric strips from part of the quilt. You can also purchase fabric strips in your preferred colors to use as binding for your quilt.
When binding your quilt, make sure that you take care of the corners. When sewing your binding on your quilt, take your time on the corners to make sure that you bind them on properly.
Make sure to make a mitered corner on the quilt with the binding. You can make a mitered corner by lifting the binding at 90 degrees and then tucking the fabric in a corner. Mitered corners make your quilt more attractive and develop a flat layout and shape.
When binding your quilt, you can decide to bind it by hand or with a sewing machine. Hand binding is suitable only if you have a small quilt that you will be binding. Hand binding helps you to get your stitches properly and to capture some of the sewing details.
Most people bind their quilts through the use of sewing machines. The sewing machine saves time especially if you are binding a large quilt. It also helps to enhance the quality of your work as the stitches made on a sewing machine are much stronger than those made by hand.
Machine Bind Your Quilt
Normally, quilting is a tedious and long process. This is the reason that many quilters don’t get to the binding part on many of their quilting projects. However, those who get to this stage, just want to finish and start on another project.
One of the best ways to save time on quilt binding is doing it by or on a sewing machine. Like every other machine, a sewing machine is fast, makes work easier, and helps to produce high-quality work.
Here are some tips on machine binding your quilt. First, when you use machine binding for your quilt, consider the color of the thread. Make sure that you will use a thread that matches your quilt. This provides elegance and uniformity to your quilt and. Threads used to bind, are similar to those on the quilt.
Make sure that your sewing machine has a walking foot. It enables your bully quilt to move faster along your sewing machine and enables stitches to hold on properly to your quilt.
Machine binding your quilt ensures that your quilt is durable. That it won’t unravel every time that it is washed unlike other types of clothes and fabrics.
Factors You Need To Consider When Binding Your Quilt
The first thing you need to consider when binding a quilt is the binding strips. Find the best way to join them quickly and appropriately for the task at hand. Bias strips are the best binding fabric strips to use to make quilt binding.
When you start binding, you need to attach the binding of the quilt to the back first. This helps to keep your quilt firm. You can also rectify any mistakes made easily.
Before attaching your binding to the front of the quilt, the other factor you need to consider is the quilt corners. What kind of corners do you want to have, When you know this, you know how to deal with your binding corners.
When you do the back appropriately, fixing your binding on the front and joining the ends with a diagonal seam will be easy.
Joining the ends of a quilt with a diagonal seam is one of the easiest ways to finish off binding a quilt. This method is also known as invisible bind as the diagonal seam gets hidden onto the quilt. It is the preferred method by many quilters to finish binding their quilting projects.