Binding inside corners and joining curved binding tutorial

Binding Inside Corners & Joining Curved Binding Tutorial

I’m working on a quilt with a scalloped binding, so I thought I’d share my technique for binding inside corners and joining the binding on a curve.

Start with a double-fold bias binding. (Here is some information on making bias binding.) Begin sewing your binding onto the quilt in a curved section.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

When you approach the inside corner, stop with your needle down and, using a water- or air-erasable fabric marker, mark the inside the point of the binding by measuring in 1/4″ from the edge of the binding and 1/4″ down from the next edge of the quilt:

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Sew to this point and stop with your needle down. If you want, you can lift your presser foot and peer underneath the binding to make sure the needle has stopped in the right place in relation to the piecing on your top.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Lift your presser foot and pivot the quilt so the edge of your 1/4″ foot lines up with the next edge of the quilt. Pull the binding around, too.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

If you start sewing now you’ll get weird tucks in your binding, so use a skewer or a toothpick to gently push the excess fabric out of the way right in front of the needle. Lower the presser foot again and make sure the folds are still out of the way. You can keep the skewer in place as you take your first few stitches.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Continue sewing around the quilt, stopping about 8 inches before where you started sewing the binding.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Joining the binding on a curve works just like joining the binding on a straight section. Since one end of your binding should already be cut at the proper angle for a miter, here’s the technique I use.

If necessary, trim your other end so you can lay it flat on the quilt, and pin to the quilt.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Lay your other binding end (the one with the nice 45-degree angle) on top, following the curve. You can pin it if you would like. Then, mark the end of the top binding.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Remove your pins again, and mark a second line on the bottom binding, 1/2″ away from the previous line and closer to the end of the binding.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

I use a skinny 1/2″ wide ruler for this.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Now, right sides together, line the end of your other binding up with the line you just marked,  shifting it 1/4″ to account for the seam allowance:

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Pin and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Before you trim, make sure the binding fits properly:

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

The seam will be in between the two lines that you drew. If the binding fits properly, trim the excess, finger press your seam open, and sew this last section of binding to the quilt.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Trim any excess batting and backing now. Next, you will press the binding outward with your iron. The binding should fold naturally in the corners, but you can adjust it to make sure the top fold is right in the center of the corner. The fold should start right at the corner.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Once you have pressed each corner, insert a pin just into the bottom part of the fold (the part that will be on the front of the quilt) to hold it in place until you can stitch it down.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

To hand-sew these inside corners, use clips or pins to temporarily secure the binding to the back of the quilt. I use Wonder Clips. I put two clips very close to the inside corner:

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Sew around the quilt, removing clips as you come to them. I usually use a ladder stitch, but you can use whatever stitch you prefer.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Come up through the backing right at the corner.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Then, take a stitch through the entire quilt at the corner, catching just a couple of threads of the binding on the back:

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Come up just below the binding on the front.

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Take a few stitches to secure the miter on the front:

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

And down the back:

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

Pull tight, and you’re ready to continue around your quilt!

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial|Flying Parrot Quilts

This is how your finished corners should look.

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3 Responses to Binding inside corners and joining curved binding tutorial

  1. Frances says:

    Great tutorial. I have never been bold enough to try a scalloped border!!!

    By the way, great job on the talk last Tuesday. I learned a lot and really enjoyed seeing all of the quilts.

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  3. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so very much for writing this tutorial. I sewed my scalloped binding on a quilt that I will be giving on Saturday (4 days) and I didn’t know how to join. Very thorough tutorial! I was successful and it looks beautiful!

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