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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tutorial: Quilt Mitred Binding - How to change color at the corner

Hi Everyone!

As promised, here is a tutorial on changing your quilts binding fabric color at the corner.
I have looked high and low, and could not find anything to help, so I made up this easy way to help us all!

This is a FREE tutorial and you don't need to buy anything!

It will be a Picture filled tutorial!
This technique requires
- quilt
- pins
- ruler
- fabric marker or chalk (optional)
AND - binding fabric
(no need for bias binding, thats a whole other discussion!)


NO EXTRA TOOL NEEDED! No funny angles to work out!
If you know how to do the traditional continuous binding then this will be easy!

This is the end product, the corners are perfectly mitred with the fabric color changing with the least amount of visible thread possible.



So here are the steps:


Sew the two binding strips onto the front, stopping at the corner where they meet. (about the width of your finished binding)
Leave at least 6 to 8 inches of binding hanging from the ends so it wont be too fiddly.


Fold one binding "overhang" back on a 45 degree angle


Fold the other on top of the first, out straight and pin it down securely through the quilt.


 Turn the whole thing over and secure the two pieces of binding fabric together to stop them moving about.


This is the optional part, you can rule a line with a fabric marker or pen directly adjacent to the quilt. this is where you are going to sew.


Take it to the sewing machine and sew down the edge of the quilt (but not through the quilt!)


its a bit hard to see, but have a close look below (click the image to enlarge it)


Cut the edge off close to the stitching, then flip the quilt back over. We're nearly there!


For good measure I fold the seam over, and stitch from the edge to where the stitching for the binding began.


Then all you need to do is flip the binding around and you are ready to finish off the binding as you please!


Here is the back, pinned and ready to be hand stitched down


I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, please leave me any comments or suggestions
Let me know if you try this out! Would love to see someone else's variation of this.

Have a great week ahead!
Mel

8 comments:

  1. you make it so easy thank you

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  2. That's very clever! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thank you for a great tutorial! I had to trim the corner of the quilt in order to get the corner to fold properly.

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    1. no problem Felice, its great it worked for you, I do make my binding 3" to give myself that extra wiggle room, I know most use 2" or 2.5". and that extra seam this method gives you does make it a bit tricky, Batiks give less bulk :)

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  4. Thank you!! I was able to follow your instructions with no problem and my quilt corners look great.

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    1. Thats awesome Suzanne :) I'm so pleased

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