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