Today’s the last part of the Doll Picnic Quilt!
Part 4 is the binding.
Bind your quilt with your preferred method or this is how I added the binding.
It’s a 15″ square quilt times that by 4 sides and add a few more inches. 15 x 4 equals 60 plus 4 inches. I cut 2 pieces of cotton crosswise on the fabric. It’s a little more stretchy than cut on the straight of grain.
My fabric was not quite 42″ wide, so I cut a 2 1/2″ wide by 40″ piece of cotton and a 2 1/2″ wide by 24″ piece of cotton.
Place the cut strips out like the above picture. I drew a diagonal line with a disappearing marker. Sew on a diagonal, attaching the 2 fabric strips. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ and press the seam open.
Fold one short end of the binding strip over to the wrong side 1/4″ and press. Then fold this in half lengthwise and wrong side together.
Pin the binding with the raw edges matching on the front of the quilt. Start sewing on one side of the quilt with 1/4″ seams a couple of inches down from where you started pinning.
For the corners, stop 1/4″ from each corner. Sew in reverse a couple stitches and take the quilt out from under the presser foot. Fold the binding up and back down over itself to create a mitered corner. Start sewing again 1/4″ from this edge.
Repeat for the other corners.
Finish the binding with your preferred method. Or here is how I finished the binding.
A few inches from the beginning stitches, I stopped and sewed a couple reverse stitches. Then I trimmed the ending binding to a little bit extra.
We’re going to put this extra in between the folded part of the beginning that has yet to be stitched down.
Place in between the binding and pin. Begin sewing again where you had stopped. Sew toward the beginning stitches and over lap a few stitches to secure.
Fold the binding to the back of the quilt.
Hand stitch the binding to the quilt with a slip stitch or a whip stitch.
And your doll picnic quilt is complete!
Here are links to Parts 1 through Part 3 of the doll quilt series:
Here is Part 1 for sewing the quilt top together.
Here is Part 2 for adding the front pocket
and here is Part 3 for quilting the top.