One of the quickest and most helpful tips I have learned for doing quilt bindings is this: Press your binding.
Let me explain. It doesn’t matter if you’ve sewn your binding to the front or to the back of your quilt. Once you’ve sewn your binding completely on either side of your quilt, press the binding out, away from the quilt. Then pull the binding to the other side of your quilt and press it so it lays flat, just how it will look when it’s sewn down.
This makes sewing your binding a piece of cake. No more tugging and pulling and fighting the binding as you sew. In fact, this has been so helpful that I hardly use clips to hold my bindings anymore.
If you’re like me, you’ll want a visual example. Maybe even a video. I’ve got you covered.
This is an action shot of me ironing my binding OUT, away from the quilt. This is step one.
After your binding is pressed away from your quilt, you will want to flip the quilt over, and press the binding down. Do this for the entire binding / quilt.
That’s it! Now that your binding is ironed in the direction you want to sew it, it is so much easier to work with! I hope this helps you with your bindings. If you want to see how I hand quilted this binding, see my blog tutorial HERE.
- The quilt shown here is my soon to be released ‘Cafe Tiles Quilt’. It will be available in my shop by the end of the month.