Usually I use the continuous bias binding “tube method.” But I thought this quilt called for a pieced binding. It came together surprisingly fast. Here are the steps I used. I borrowed these from Jaybird’s blog with modifications.
- Sew strips together. I used varying widths and lengths. My strips were between 3 and 6 inches wide, and a multitude of lengths, but you could make them all the same width if you want. When I joined them I staggered the strips by 2 inches to save fabric. Hint: Don’t make your strips sets wider than you can easily cut with your ruler.
- Press seams open.
- Cut binding strips at a 45 degree angle using either your cutting mat or your acrylic ruler. You may have to cut 45 degree angles on some of the ends, too. I cut my binding strips at 2-1/4 inches wide. I’ve done a lot of 2-1/2 inch wide bindings, too.
- Join the strips until you have an amount equaling the perimeter of your quilt plus about 18 inches to finish the binding.
- Fold binding lengthwise in half and press.
When I started doing this I thought it was going to be hard to get enough usable binding, but after you cut as much as you can and join it all together, you’ll find you have a lot more than you thought.
View the finished product here.