Binding Tutorial {Quilting Event}

Just a quick update on the queen-sized quilt I am making, I have finally finished cutting all of the squares needed!

Squares

That was one of the longest processes I have ever completed. However, I did purchase a rotating cutting board to use for this task. It made the cutting process much easier to finish. Here is the rotating cutting board I purchased!

Rotating Mat

After I finished cutting all those squares I was ready to do something different! Two weeks ago, I ordered the fabric for the binding! It was so hard to find the binding that I wanted. Ultimately, I wanted a thin, navy blue and white striped cotton fabric. Doesn’t seem too difficult to find, right? WRONG! I looked everywhere! Hobby Lobby and Joann’s is my go to place for fabric, and neither place had what I was looking for.

I immediately started looking online, but was hesitant about ordering from somewhere I have never ordered from before. I found striped fabrics online, but some of the pictures looked worrisome and other fabrics were very expensive. However, I did find a tiny navy blue and white chevron from Fabric.com that was 100% cotton. I ordered 1½ yards of the fabric, and waited patiently for its arrival. When it was delivered, I opened the package and it was exactly what I expected it to be! I couldn’t have been more pleased with my purchase from fabric.com. Here is a picture of the binding fabric.

Chevron Fabric

One of my best friends, Angela, has a wonderful tutorial on creating bias tape needed for machine quilting. I actually followed her tutorial while making mine. You can find her tutorial, HERE!

The first thing I did was pre-wash the fabric! Then, I used my 2 1/2 binding buddy to cut the fabric into strips.

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After cutting my fabric, it was time to sew it together into one continuous strip. You over lap two strips of fabric (right sides together) like this…

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Some quilters have said that you should line the corners and sides together to form a perfect square, and others have said it doesn’t matter. I tried both ways and they BOTH work. So, it’s up to you how you would like to complete this task! The IMPORTANT part at this step is making sure you sew a 45 degree angle. I used the grid on my cutting mat and a straight edge to achieve the angle measurement. I drew a line from corner to corner to make sure I sew it exactly.  I used the Dritz Marking Pen with Water Soluble Ink. I LOVE THESE PENS! The ink comes off so easily! If you are interested in these pens, you can find them HERE!

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After marking my line, it was time to sew the two strips together…{Sorry for all the pictures! I got a little picture happy while making the binding for my quilt!}

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After sewing, you will cut off the extra fabric on the right side of the seam. Then, press open the seams so the fabric will lay flat. Then, you repeat this process for the next strip.

After sewing all of my strips together, it looked like this!…

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Next, I folded and ironed the fabric in half.

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According to Angela’s post, she recommends new quilters to roll the fabric into a jelly roll. Now my bias tape looks like this…

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I love the way it looks when it is all rolled up! Angela goes into wonderful detail about the steps to binding your quilt by machine with the bias tape. I  made a sample quilt sandwich to see how the fabric, batting, and binding was going to turn out. I snapped some pictures while sewing on the binding so you have an idea of the process…

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Please visit Angela’s tutorial for a detailed description on the process and application of machine quilt binding. It was so easy to follow!

Here is a picture of my final “sample” sandwich with the binding!

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Now that my binding is made, it is time to sew all of my squares together into rows! Stay tuned for another update!

Do you have any tips or suggestions for machine quilt binding? I would love to hear from you! Comment below.

With love,

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