The binding is almost done. Part four will cover how to hand stitch the binding to the back. The edge needs to be folded over to cover the raw edge of the quilt and stitched down. There are two key things to this process. First is to ensure the corners have perfect miters front and back. Second, the fold needs to be filled with batting. I use a whip stitch by hand.
Begin by picking a spot on one side to start. Bring the binding over the raw edge firmly to the back so the batting fills the binding, and the edge covers your stitching line on the back. I like to just pin it down, and use three or four straight pins in a row to hold the binding down.
Knot your thread and hide the knot under the binding.
Take another stitch to move the thread to the stitching line.
For right handed quilters, put your needle down in the quilt, push it to the left a tiny distance, then bring it up catching just the edge of the binding.
With the next stitch, place the needle in the quilt directly below the binding where the previous stitch exited the binding.
Push to the left and repeat. Periodically sweep the needle under the un-stitched binding to smooth out the layers.
If you are left handed, do the same but work towards the right.
When you come to the corner, continue stitching the binding all the way to the edge of the quilt. Then, push the needle back to the corner point on the back.
Fold the corner down, and pin it a short way away to keep it in place.
Take a stitch in the corner of the folded edge. This pulls the corner to the exact spot needed for a perfect miter.
Bring the needle back for another stitch in the same place.
Stitch up the folded corner to the point on the back only to secure it.
Then stitch back down still on the backside and continue down the next edge of the binding. Repeat for the remaining corners until the entire quilt is done.
Finger press the corner to a sharp point. Your corner will come out perfect on the back…
and the front without any stitching on the front!
Perfect mitered corners on both sides. This same process works for 90-degree four-corner quilts, and 60-degree hexagon six-corner quilts.
For new quilters, I hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to bind a quilt. For experienced quilters, I hope there was a tip or two you could use. If you missed any of the first three parts, click on the Tutorials category in the right sidebar.
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