As one of the top entrants, Jessie has won free advertising for one month on this blog, and her original tutorial is published below. Jessie's excellent photography skills make this tutorial easy to follow. I will certainly be making a few of these for various babies I know that are soon to be born. Check out Jessie's shop and blog!
Jessie's Original Tutorial:
Binding my quilt was something I was really afraid to do. You have just picked up your quilt from the quilter's, they quilted this beautiful intricate design. You sweated, and bled over your quilt top. Now you have to finish it. And you might hesitate a bit, at this final stage you really don't want to muck it up! You can also pay your local quilt shop between $50 - $75 to put the binding on for you. But why bother? That is money that can go for another quilt top!
Things you need:
1. Your rotary cutter
2. Your binding fabric (this could be special fabric you bought, or just scrap); I like to use the scrap fabric from my backing.
3. A walking foot
4. Quilting pins
Cut your fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips. You can cut these on the bias, but I tend to only cut my binding on the bias if I'm binding a scalloped edge. Cut enough strips that It will make it 1 1/4 way around your quilt.
Sew a 1/4 inch seam to the corner of the quilt, stopping a 1/4 inch from the corner.
Once you get all around, you're going to come back to your tail section. Remember that you kept this loose? Measure your binding until it overlaps your tail section.
Encase the binding strip's raw edge inside your tail section and finish sewing to your starting point. Turn the binding over the edge to the back.