I hope you're enjoying the Cushion For Christmas Blog Hop!
Today is day 10 and if you head over to On The Windy Side, you will find Adrienne's fabulous quilted Christmas Cushion!
Now - today I have another tutorial for you - How I machine bind….
I use this same method for my quilts, for many reasons, but mostly because A. I don't hand sew AND B. I don't hand sew…..
When it came time to bind my first ever real quilt, I searched the web for machine binding tutorials. My friend Gemma also directed me to Red Pepper Quilts, where Rita had shared her technique. So I started with that and then figured out I could never catch the binding on the back perfectly, so altered things a little to suit me.
First of all, measure up and make your binding. I usually work with a 2.5" wide binding for cushions, but you can really make it as wide as you like. There's a fantastic app by Robert Kaufman called Quilting Calculator. HERE is a review of it. I swear by it!
The delightful cushion I am sharing with you to illustrate said binding, is a paper pieced cover.
I used a pattern designed by Kristy @ Quiet Play. You can find it HERE with all her other fabulous patterns. If you're only new to paper piecing, it's a great pattern to try. Also great for using up scraps. I pulled out the scrap bag from my Swoon quilt.
Now, on to how I bind…
|Once I've put my cushion cover together, sewing just shy of 1/4" around the outside, I work out how much binding I will need and get cracking…..|
|I then start sewing the binding on, 1/4" from the edge, on the BACK of my cushion/quilt. When I start, I leave around 5" unsewn - sort of like a tail.|
|When I get close to the edge, I stop about 1/4" before the corner, backstitch a bit….|
|Then take it from the machine like so….|
|Now it's time to prepare for mitred corners. Take your binding and fold it back at an angle, making sure to line the bottom raw edge up straight with the edge of the cushion…..|
|Then fold it back over on to of itself….|
|Making sure to line up the folded edge of the binding with the edge of the cushion you have already sewn….|
|Place your cover back in the machine, and start sewing about 1/4" from the edge, backstitching a little, then continue sewing along the edge again. Repeat this at each corner you get to….|
|When you get to the end, leave another tail, so you have a gap and two tails like above. The wider the gap and longer the tails, the easier time you will have!|
|Lie your binding tails down flat on your cover and make them meet like this.|
|This will be where you join the binding, so you need to cut the tails off with about 1/4" - 1/2" for your seam.|
|Flatten the binding ends out and sew your seam at the width you left.|
|Your seam will look like this on the inside. You can see on mine there are two lines of stitching, that's because my guesstimate wasn't big enough to have my binding sitting flat enough!|
|Fold your binding in half at the seam, and you should have a nice flat binding!|
|Continue sewing the gap of binding together, and you will have one side done!|
|Like this. Now I know a lot of people like to use pins or clover clasp things, but I find it easiest to just use my hands. I feel like I have more control!|
|Now your aim is just stitch as close to the edge of the binding as you can.|
|When you come to the corner, slow down and leave your needle down.|
|Pull the fabric corner up from behind the cover.|
|Bring the bottom binding up and over your second row of stitching….. You will have a neat little fold in the side binding.|
|And then bring the side binding up over the stitching so that the little fold meets up with the edge of the bottom binding, giving it its mitred finish.|
|Finished from the back!|
|And finished from the front!|
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