Self Binding a quilt is a fun and simple way to finish your quilts.
When your quilt top is finished, measure the quilts width and length. You want the backing fabric to be at least 4" larger than the quilt top on all four sides.
(My quilt measured 88” x 94”, therefore I made sure that I had enough backing fabric for it to measure 96” x 102”.)
Step 1: Lay out the backing fabric on the floor or other surface that is large enough for your quilt (right side down). Take the time to pin or tape it in place so that it will not move around on you. Next, lay the batting on top of the back fabric make sure to center it. The quilt top is then laid out on top of the other layers right side up. Using several pins, pin the layers together often to keep the layers from shifting (be sure to pin through all the layers). Trim the batting even with the quilt top. Then, with a mat, ruler and rotary cutter, trim the backing 4" larger than the quilt top.
Step 2: Using the 45 degree line that is on your ruler, trim the corners 1" away from each of four the corners of the quilt top.
Step 3: Fold up that 1" over the corner of the quilt top.
Step 4: Fold the cut edge of the backing fabric even with the cut edge of the quilt top. This should be folded over 2".
Step 5: Fold up again another 2" so that the edge of the quilt top is buried under the 2" overlap of the binding. This puts in a natural miter on the corner. Pin this fold all around the quilt.
At the sewing machine, using an edge foot (Bernina foot #10, 10C, or 10D) sew a straight stitch all around the quilt. Close the corners by hand or machine.
You are now ready to tie or quilt the layers together. Enjoy your finished quilt.
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