Video 20: Sewing on Continuous Binding with Mitered Corners
Watch how to sew continuous binding with mitered corners.
Mitering binding corners can be a little bit tricky if you don't understand what to do when you reach the corner. Let me show you how. When you start attaching your binding to your quilt top, you want to align the raw edges. And the key is to decide ahead of time before you start stitching what your seam allowance is going to be. I've cut my binding 2-1/2" wide and I'm using a double-fold binding technique. So my binding is folded in half and pressed, and I'm ready to begin stitching. And I'm going to sew with a generous 1/4" seam, a little bit shy of 3/8". So I start attaching my binding, and I want to stop an equal distance to my seam allowance before I get to the corner. So because I'm sewing with that generous 1/4", I want to stop a generous 1/4" before I get to the corner. I'm going to lift my needle up and my presser foot up and without cutting the thread, I'm going to pull out my binding. I pull the strip up and that creates that right angle at the corner. I finger-press it, hold that in place and fold it back down so that the raw edges are even. So I've got a little flap of fabric here. And I'll show you that better as I work my way around the quilt. Then I'm going to put it back under the needle, put the presser foot down and my needle back in, and again begin stitching. And I'll stitch the opposite corner and we'll turn the corner again. And this time, instead of lifting my presser foot and pulling it out, I'm going to cut my thread just for purposes of an example here, so you can see a little bit better how we turn the corner. You take your binding strip and fold it up and press. So when I fold it up, this straight line is straight all the way up. I finger-press that diagonal. I keep my finger there at the top, even with this seam that I've sewn, fold the binding down, and again, I would start sewing at this edge all the way down. What that means, is when I go back to that corner, I have a little flap here that's created when I turned. And when I get ready to turn my binding to the back side, I'll just press it with my fingers. I'm going to roll that binding to the back side, and what will happen on the front edge then is that I'll have a nice mitered corner. The front side will look like that, and on the back side, I'll have that same miter. So again, when I come to turn my binding to the back, it's going to cover that stitching line. And when you get to the corner, you simply want to manipulate your turns and you could cut those threads off. And so your back corner will look like that -- just like your front. And that's the secret to putting mitered corners on your quilt. Give it a try.