I can hardly believe I just typed that title!! Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve always been pretty hard-nosed about NOT machine binding my quilts. I decided to listen to some of my own guidelines I give students. These are a few of the questions to consider when making a quilt:
- Who’s it for?
- Will this be an heirloom quilt?
- How will this quilt be used?
Those three questions can help you make many of the decisions needed when putting together a quilt. Here’s how I answered those three questions for this quilt:
- Sam – my three year old grandson.
- ABSOLUTELY NOT!
- It’s for his “big boy” bed. hopefully used and snuggled in a lot. It will be washed tons!
Since I was pressed for time and knew this binding needed to be very durable I decided to, ekk, machine bind it.
So this is a machine binding tutorial from someone with little experience but I had good results so I thought I’d share my process.
I chose to put a minky type fabric on the back of this quilt which made it a little heavier and thicker (and snugglier) than a standard quilt. I used a walking foot through the whole process and HIGHLY recommend it. I really don’t think it would have gone nearly as well without it. It fed the quilt and binding through the machine evenly with no hiccups.
I began with my trimmed and squared quilt, and binding that was cut 2 1/4″ wide and stitched together end to end for a continuous binding.
Press the binding in half wrong sided together the length of the binding.
Line the raw edges of the binding with the raw edge of the quilt and stitch using a scant 1/4″ seam.
I don’t usually put a label on the back of a quilt that is going to be what I call a utility quilt. A quilt that will be “used up”. But I wanted to add a little tag. I just slipped it into the seam when stitching my binding on.
I love these little TagItOns! Here’s a link to the different tags they produce. Check for them at your local quilt shop.
Once your binding is stitched onto the quilt, wrap the binding around from the back to the front. It’s critical to bring the folded edge of the binding just past the stitching line from stitching the binding on.
The walking foot helps feed the layers through evenly. I bumped my needle to the right so it stitched right next to the folded edge of the binding.
I didn’t pin but took it slow and lined up the binding as I went along. I folded the corners to miter them just as I would if I were hand stitching my binding down.
In a nutshell ~the goal here is to bring the fold of the binding about 1/8″ past the stitching line, stitch next to the fold and the stitching line on the back should be next to the binding not through it .
Stitching line on the back.
Stitching on the top.
My little helper for this project. She really liked that snugly fabric!
I love the way quilting looks on the back of solid colored snuggle fabric! It shows the pattern so well. Aren’t the monkeys adorable on Sam’s little monkey quilt?
I hope this tutorial is helpful when you decide machine quilting is right for your project. It’s a good option for those utility quilts that will be used and loved!!
Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~ Terri