Monday, May 22, 2017

Binding a quilt that has been trimmed even with the edge of the top

My previous post showed you what I do to maintain full binding when I start with an untrimmed quilt.

Sometimes, I sew on binding for our charity group or for a friend.  In those cases, the quilt usually comes to me already trimmed.  And most of the time, it is trimmed even with the edge of the top, leaving only 1/4" seam allowance.

Since most binding is cut at 2-1/2", which gives a 3/8" finished binding, the 1/4" seam WILL NOT fill the binding.  There will be a little bit of space with nothing inside.

To fix this and still end up with a full binding, I sew a 3/8" seam.  Start the first end 3/8" from the edge, and pin the binding even with the edge of the quilt.

Sew with a 3/8" seam.  I eye 1/8" outside my 1/4"mark on the walking foot because I can't see the 3/8" mark on my sole plate while I'm sewing this seam.

When you fold the corners, place the fold even with the edge.

Keep sewing all side, leaving a tail at the end.  Sew a corner per my previous post.

You don't need to trim anything off after you've sewn on the binding.  It will be FULL with the 3/8" seam allowance.

I hope you use this technique the next time you add binding to a quilt that has been trimmed even with the edge of the top.  Yes, you will lose 1/8" of the top, which may end up cutting off the points of some blocks.  But most of the time, there is a solid piece of border fabric on the outer edges, so it won't affect the look of the quilt at all.

May all of your bindings be FULL.

1 comment:

  1. Great solution Joanne. I'd like to see the rest of this quilt. . .! :)