Joining quilt binding ends together with ease can be a tricky task. The goal is to stitch the beginning of the quilt binding and the end together with a bias seam. The solution—use a strip of fusible web!
I can’t take credit for this technique, fellow Sewing With Nancy team member, Donna Fenske came up with this idea and we incorporated the technique in this week’s Sewing With Nancy online video. It’s the third part of the three-part series, Fearless Quilting Finishes. During this 30-minute show you’ll learn all sorts of quilt binding finishes. Watch the process online for all the details.
Here’s how to join the ends of quilt binding.
- Cut one end of the binding with a 45-degree angle. Press in 1/4″ at the beginning angled edge.
- Press a 1/4″ strip of fusible tape on top of the folded inner edge.
- Fold and press the binding in half, wrong sides together, meeting lengthwise edges.
- Stitch the binding to the quilt with a 1/4″ seam, starting about 4″ from the end of the binding. (See the white thread at the far right of the photo!)
- I detail how to fold and stitch the binding at the corners. Remember, you can watch online, view the DVD, or of course, watch on Public TV!
- Remove the paper backing from the fusible web.
- When the binding reaches the starting point, tuck the end of the binding into the beginning.
- Trim off the excess binding, if there is any.
- With the binding end sandwiched between the starting point, press. The bias seam is secured without stitching.
- Next, continue to stitch the remaining 1/4″ seam.
- Press the binding up.
- Wrap and pin the binding to the wrong side, covering the stitching line.
- Stitch in the ditch, sewing in the well of the seam.
- Or, hand stitch the folded edges, stitching on the wrong side of the fabric. (I’ve obviously used another sample!)
There’s more to learn online or read in the Fearless Quilting Finishes book!
If the corners of your quilting project are hexagon or octagon shaped, learn the tips on how to add binding to easily finish those edges. Also learn how to add binding to curves.
Here’s a reference to have close at hand.
All the information shown in the 3-part series is written and illustrated in my book, Fearless Quilting Finishes. Plus, the DVD features all three parts of the series. The Sewing With Nancy staff makes certain that all the steps are carefully written and illustrated. Presenting sewing and quilting techniques is a team effort!
Bye for now,