Basics Tutorial: Prepping a Binding
Cut 2 1/2″ strips, to determine the number of strips: add all 4 sides of your quilt together, then divide by 40.
This quilt : 60+62+60+62=244″/40= 6.1 so I round up to 7 You don’t want to be short when you get around your quilt.
Next, you need to sew all your strips together to make one continuous strip. Overlap your ends at a 90 degree angle, but leave your selvage edges hanging over the edge.
Mark a 45 degree line from corner to corner.
Now sew on the line.
Trim your excess – 1/4″ away from the seam..
Press your seam open.
Clip the little tags from the edge. Repeat these steps for all your strips. (I usually do all of them at once)
Now fold the wrong sides together and press a crease in the long edge.
And fold your binding around a ruler as you go to keep things tidy!
The quilt pictured is available as a tutorial here.
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