I love the look of continuous binding not to mention the decrease in bulk and that part that has a “peek-a-boo” where the two ends would join awkwardly…didn’t like that at all! I was REALLY determined to learn how to make continuous binding.
The method that gave me the most understanding was the one found in Kristyne Czepuryk’s book S is for Stitch.
After a couple of rough tries, I really got the hang of it and actually enjoy the process, like a little “hurray for me” every time I do it!
I do it this way on everything I quilt: quilts, mug rugs and even bags!
Here is how I manage it:
First leave an extra long end when you start to attach the binding.
Once you’ve sewn around the quilt you should have a good piece of binding tail left from the other end. Make sure the starting piece of binding lies flat and even with the quilt when you are ready to join and finish the binding.
Fold back the second piece at the point where the first piece stops.
Mark the 2 inch point away from the folded end with a pin.
Cut at the 2 inch mark.
Flip your quilt so the end is up, it’s more natural to align binding ends this way!
Align your binding ends, as you would if you were sewing binding strips together on the bias or diagonally.
Pin opposite corners together to hold in place.
Draw a line from left top corner to right bottom corner on the wrong side of fabric.
Sew along the marked line.
You may remove pins when sewn.
Before trimming, straighten binding to make sure it’s a good fit and you’ve done it correctly. Trim 1/4 inch from seam.
Finger press seams open.
Re-align binding along the end of quilt and continue to sew the binding to the quilt.
Occasionally, there may be a pucker. No worries, when you flip the binding to back it will disappear underneath!
Fold binding to the back and hand stitch in place. I would love to show you the large version but this quilt is a “hush-hush” project until further notice.
You can see the continuous binding here, where the colors change. So cool!