Prepare Binding Strips
Double-layer (also called French-fold) binding is easy to apply and adds durability to your finished quilts. From start to finish, here's a visual guide for how to apply double-layer binding.
The cutting instructions for each project tell you how many binding strips to cut and what the width and length of each should be. Unless otherwise specified, cut binding strips on the straight of grain of the fabric. Join the binding strips with diagonal seams to make one long binding strip.
Place binding strips perpendicular to each other and stitch. After stitching, reduce bulk by pressing seams open. Trim seams to 1/4".
Attach the Binding
With the wrong side inside, fold under 1" at one end of the binding strip and press. Then fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong side inside. Place the binding strip against the right side of the quilt top along one edge, aligning the binding strip’s raw edges with the quilt top’s raw edge (do not start at a corner). Begin sewing the binding in place 2" from the folded end.
To turn a corner, stop sewing when you’re 1/4" from the corner (or a distance equal to the seam allowance you’re using). Backstitch, and then clip the threads.
Remove the quilt from under the sewing-machine presser foot. Fold the binding strip upward, creating a diagonal fold, and finger-press.
Holding the diagonal fold in place with your finger, bring the binding strip down in line with the adjacent edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the quilt edge. Start sewing again at the top of the horizontal fold, stitching through all layers. Sew around the quilt, turning each corner like this.
Finish It Up
When you return to the starting point, encase the binding strip’s raw edge inside the folded end and finish sewing to the starting point. Trim the batting and backing fabric even with the quilt top edges. Turn the binding over the edge to the back. Hand-stitch the binding to the backing fabric only, covering any machine stitching. To make the binding corners on the quilt back match the mitered corners on the quilt front, hand-stitch up to a corner and make a fold in the binding. Secure the fold with a couple stitches, then continue stitching the binding in place along the adjacent edge.