How do I attach the binding???
This is the question presented to me almost daily. It is a good question, because a well made binding is the icing on the quilt, whereas a poorly made binding can let the whole quilt down...
There are an abundance of binding tutorials available over the Internet, so this is just my humble addition to the pool. It's a method that works well for me and I hope it will help you as well.
Q: How do I cut the binding?
A: Straight cut across the width of the bolt or bias; it's a personal preference - I use both depending on the fabric pattern and on the look I want to achieve. When cutting on a fold, be extra careful that the ruler is aligned on the fold - the fabric strips should be straight.
For a single binding, cut 1.25" strips (3.2cm): for small projects
For a double binding, cut 2 3/8" strips (6cm): for cot and bed quilts.
Remove pins. Stitch binding ends together matching the pencil lines.
Trim seam allowance and press open.
Go back to where you stopped stitching and continue to the end finishing the corner as explained before.
(There are two joins in this picture, as I didn't have a long enough fabric strip to hand!)
From the front, press the binding outwards.
This step is often neglected, but it does make a difference and stitching onto the back will be easier.
Turn the binding under and now the neat front corners are emerging.
Turn the seam allowance under and start stitching from the middle of one of the sides.
Hand stitch using a blind stitch.
For a double binding there is no need to turn anything under, as the there would be a fold to stitch on.
This shows the corner on the back.
Bring the needle from under the corner to the top and take a few tiny stitches to secure the corner in place.
(Sorry, the yellow piece seems to be a stray thread, so pls ignore it!)
Fold the seam allowance under and continue stitching.
Front side - neat!
Back side - also neat - yay!