Last night at the sewing group one of the ladies – Natalie – shared with us a method that she recently was shown for making “lump-less” binding. There are different tutorials out in the land of internet I’m sure that show this but I haven’t come across this particular way before. I had seen a different way to do it several years ago but this is a much easier way to accomplish the same thing. I did a sample piece and took photos as I made it to practice and make sure I remembered how to do it myself. It will come in handy next quilt that needs binding. Just pretend that my beige piece of fabric is a quilt 🙂
this binding is 2 1/2 inches wide, fold it in half, press like you normally do and sew it down with a 3/8 inch seam. Make sure to leave plenty of un-sewn room to work with. For large quilts about a foot on both sides will give you maneuverability room.
from some of the extra binding that you have on your longest end cut a piece off and flatten it out. It doesn't have to be large. You will use the 2 1/2 inch width. Lay that piece on your quilt in the area that your finished binding will meet. (if you make your binding a different size this still works - just use the width of your binding )
straighten out one side of the binding and lay it over that piece of cloth and cut to match up to the end like shown.
Fold the piece that you just cut back and then do the same with the other side.
unfold both of the sides of binding and match to sew together
pin the two pieces together
sew from end to end
cut off the excess
finger press the seam flat and straightened out your binding - see it is a perfect fit. This method takes the guess work out of the equation and makes it exactly the right size.
sew in place to finish your binding.
for the purpose of this tutorial and not wanting to take the time to hand stitch this sample on the back I used spray starch and pressed the binding over to the back so you can see how flat it lays when finished.
When you complete your hand stitching (or whatever method you use) you will be find it hard to find where you finished your binding because of how flat and free of lumps it is. The pin indicated the bias seam that had been sewn together.
I hope this tutorial can help some of you that have not seen this particular method done. The other way I had seen it done was just to try to judge where to sew the two pieces together by matching ends up – it didn’t always work and sometimes had to be done over again several times – maybe that was just me 🙂 not always the brightest when it comes to new methods! I always think a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to quilting.