Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Self binding

For my little cat's quilt, I decided not to use bias binding, but the system of self binding instead. Quilt back must be at least 2,5 cm/1 inch wider at each edge than quilt top to use this system. First of all, you have to trim quilt top and padding evenly.

On the wrong side of quilt back, mark a line 2,5cm/1 inch away from trimmed quilt top all around, then cut along line.

At each corner, fold quilt back so corner point of back touches corner point of quilt top and padding. Cut off corner as shown.

Fold trimmed corner onto quilt top diagonally.

Now fold raw edges of quilt back 6mm/o,25inch in to wrong side. Fold quilt back onto quilt top along one side, pin to secure. Fold adjacent corner onto quilt top, forming a diagonal mitre at the corner.
Now sew folded edge of binding to quilt top using a matching thread. Remove pins as you go along. Slipstitch mitred edges together at corners (2).

And this is the result: a happy cat. I took this photo a few minutes after I finished the quilt.

Tutorial was taken from this book.


püppilottchen said...

awwww - he does! i like it too - it looks great! i used this kind of edging sometimes when i quilted by hand. thanks for showing it.


Carrie said...

I love that your does kitty I'm sure. Thanks for the tutorial...I never heard or seem a quilt binded like that before.

Stasia said...

Thanks for the tutorial! The quilt and cat are both adorable.

pussman said...

One happy cat!
Did she go in the basket within seconds?
I presume she did:)

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Adorable, Sabine.

How lovely for your kitty!

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

Eli said...

Thanks for a great tutorial Sabine, very easy to understand. I never follow instructions in books as they often use 'techno speak'. I feel the urge to start a quilt now but we don't have any pets so it will have to be larger than yours (maybe quicker to get a cat!)

Mandy said...

I'm so glad I found this blog! I've been wanting to self bind my current quilt but the instructions in my book are not clear at all, especially when it comes to the corners. These instructions are perfect, thank you very much for posting. I'll be sticking around, cats and quilts are my two favourite things!

ezeldabeth said...

just what i was looking for....thanks for the tutorial! it really helped with a last minute gift. what a cute kitty!

Katie said...

Dang I've been looking all over for a tutorial like this one. . . Very clear instructions and great photos. I am making a FLEECE quilt and didn't want the only regular fabric to be on the quilt to be the binding.
So I wanted to try self-binding for once. . but wanted to still have the mitered look
so anyway THANKS!

Tammy Bloom said...

Love this technique! Can’t wait to try it. Thank you!