Every quilt needs a binding, which makes this technique an essential one to learn. But it's not tough: you're simply cutting and sewing strips of fabric together! You'll use these later to neatly cover the outer raw edges of your quilt and, depending on your fabric choice, they can be purely functional or make a fun decorative statement.
Put this technique into action when you're cutting the pieces for your quilt — that way you'll have one less step to do when you're so close to finishing!
1. Prep Your Fabric
Fold your fabric twice, with selvages aligned. This will make it easier to cut your strips in smaller spaces. Using an acrylic quilting ruler, cut as many 2½" wide strips as your pattern calls for.
2. Stack Fabric Strips
Stack two fabric strips perpendicularly on top of each other, right sides together. The edges should overlap by about ¼". Pin if desired.
3. Start Stitching
If desired, mark a diagonal line from the top left to bottom right corner of the overlapped strips. Sew along the diagonal, removing the pin as you reach it. Repeat the stacking and sewing process to add more strips.
4. Trim and Press
Trim the seam allowance to ¼". Press seams open.
5. Fold and Press
Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press the entire length of the binding.