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diagonal-seam binding closure

Since it’s a cold, rainy day, I am staying indoors and finishing up the quilt for my father-in-law. Although my free-motion quilting technique can use lots of improvement, I have making and attaching binding down cold. A few years ago, a quilting teacher shared a clever way to attach two ends of binding that’s easy and results in an exact fit–I’ve used it ever since. She learned it from a Simply Quilts episode (host Alex Anderson). Although I can’t find Alex Anderson’s directions, you can find a similar explanation here–scroll down to Method 2 under Finishing the Binding Ends. I join my binding pieces with diagonal seams, so I like that with this method the final closure seam in the binding is diagonal too.

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I overlap the two unattached ends of the binding. Then I measure and cut the overlapping piece of binding by the width of the binding strip (before it’s folded/ironed it in half). Here my binding is 2 1/4 inches wide, so I cut one end of the binding so it overlaps the other by 2 1/4 inches.

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I then pin these two ends on the diagonal at a right angle to each other, right sides together. . .

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and do a dry run on the binding finishing to ensure that (1) my future diagonal seam is oriented correctly, matching the angle of the other binding seams, (2) I haven’t twisted the binding the wrong way, and (3) it fits.

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I then join the two ends with a diagonal seam, marking the opposite corner for accuracy.

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I trim the excess triangle, press . . .

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pin in place and finishing sewing.

Now it’s on to hand sewing the binding in place.

If you are a visual learner (as am I), you might find this video (below) of this binding-closure technique helpful. If possible, I leave 8 to 10 inches of the binding unattached at the beginning and end (rather than the 6 inches the video instructor suggests). This way I have more room to work with the binding ends.

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  1. That’s the way I’ve learned to finish binding as well. Sew easy!

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