Hi and welcome to Binding 101, the final step.
Don't you love it when you get to the end of a project and know that all the hard work you have put in is finally done, and you can move guilt-free onto the next one?
Once I have my binding sewn down by machine I look forward to spending the evening quietly contemplating the enjoyment of the project, and anticipating the next, while sewing down my binding.
Love it or hate it, hand sewing does make for a lovely finish, and hopefully with these tips you will find it enjoyable.
To start off, I press my binding back.
This is what the corners will look like
Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt.
Use a fine needle to sew down your binding, this makes it easier to achieve an invisible stitch.
I use a fine applique needle #12 (Clover or Bohin brands are what I have available). These are easy to thread with the Clover desktop needle threader.
I am using Aurifil #50 cotton in Dove grey. This is a beautiful fine thread and I used it for quilting on this quilt.
As you can see, I am left handed and I sew from left to right. Just turn this round for right handers!
Fasten your thread, then insert the needle in the quilt side right next to the binding, travel a short distance and come out through the binding, right next to where the needle exits the quilt.
Now put the needle in the quilt again, right next to where you went through the binding. You are doing all the 'travelling' inside the layers of the quilt, so the only part of the stitch you see is very small.
Continue around the quilt, When you reach a corner, fold the fabric down following the direction the fabric is folded on the front.
Take a few stitches through the corner to anchor it down on the back and on the front.
Now your quilt is going to look great!
Join me for my next Mystery Adventure, starting in February . Look out for the fabric requirements in December here on my blog!