Do this by adding 2 x width and 2 x length. So, My Quilt Top measures
2 x 50" + 2 x 58" = 216"
then divide 216 by 44" (width of fabric) = 4.9
So, you need 4.9 or 5 Strips to get you all the way around. I always add an extra just in case... So 6 Strips.
Your strips need to be 2.5" wide, so you need 6 x 2.5" = 15" of fabricStill following?? You can work it out quickly in your head once you get the hang of it.
Cut your 6 strips, 2.5" wide.
end to end, so you have one long continuous strip. You can do a diagonal seam to reduce bulk, but i don't usually.
Press seams open.
wrong sides together, press your strip in half length ways...
start at the bottom of my quilt. Lay your binding strip on with the raw edge of your binding along the raw edge of your quilt top. Leave around 6 inches and place a pin to hold in place.
1/4" seam allowance and your walking foot, sew down a few stitches and reverse to secure. Continue sewing along, 1/4" in from the edge, until you reach your first corner.
1/4" away from your first bottom edge ( or next side ), put your needle down. Lift your presser foot .
Swivel your Quilt and instead of continuing to sew down the next side.. you are going to sew backwards off your quilt top
Secure with a few reverse stitches. Pull your top out of your machine and cut your threads.
fold it up 45 degrees... See below.
back down on itself. This will give you a neat mitre corner.
Continue to sew down this next side. Remember to do a couple reverse stitches again in the begging to secure.
around your quilt, mitring your corners as you come to them. When you get close to where you started... Stop about 8-10 inches away and Reverse to secure.
Take your quilt top out of your machine and lay on a flat surface. Take your ruler and measure the distance between your two spots. Another formula for you..
Mine was 8 inches, So,
8 inches + .5 inch(seam allowance) = 8.5"
Divide by 2 = 4.25 inches.Next, Measure and cut each binding end... Mine needed to be cut 4.25 inches long. You will cut yours differently depending on your measurements.
right sides together, pin to hold.
1/4" seam allowance sew these two binding ends together.
Fold out and lay flat and
sew this down onto your quilt... You have now finished the machine sewing part. Almost done!
Take your scissorsCut off the extra batting all around the edge of your quilt. Take care cutting around your corners.. you don't want to cut a hole in your binding.
Iron your binding out flat
Fold your binding back over to the back of your quilt.
just over the sewing line so you cant see it.
slip stitch... Sew in place.
corners, the side you were sewing goes under first and the next side folds neatly over top...
Continue all around your edge and your done!!!! A BIG CONGRATS to you!!!!
Congrats to all of you who read ALL the way down to the bottom of this post!!!
If you have a binding tutorial you would like to link up... you can link up below...