Cut your half yard piece of fabric in half and stack the fabric back on top of each other
Get a ruler with 45 degree lines on it
3. Cut at a 45 degree angle using a rotary cutter
4. Cut the entire half yard piece of fabric in 2.5 inch strips on the 45 degree line
5. There will be a total of 16 strips
6. Make sure all the strips have ends with a 45 degree angle
7. Cut the selvage edges off the ends
8. Connect all the strips and sew them together using a 1/4″ seam allowance
9. Iron the seams down flat.
10. Fold the strips in half horizontally and iron down.
11. On the backside of your quilt, begin clipping down the binding with the open end of the fold on top and leaving a tail of 8 inches. (Side note: These clips are amazing and so easy to use. You can buy them on our website at: http://www.southernfabric.com/Wonder-Clips–Clover–10-CT_p_3853.html)
12. Sew all the way down until you are a 1/2 inch from the corner and stop sewing. Take the quilt off the machine.
13. Fold the binding strip straight up like this:
14. And fold the binding back down:
15. Now you’re ready to sew the binding on the next side of the quilt by starting at the top and sewing all the way down. Continue sewing all sides of the quilt and sewing each corner the same as above until you get back to the side that you started on.
16. When you get back to the side that you started on, don’t sew the two tail ends together. Leave about a 6 inch gap between the ends.
17. Unfold one of the strips and place the other strip inside that fold.
18. Make a small mark with a pen 1/4″ in on the bottom strip and cut on that mark at a 45 degree angle.
19. Sew the strips together like you did in step 8.
20. Iron the seam down.
21. Clip the binding to the quilt and continue sewing
22. Fold the binding over the quilt top and clip it down. Start sewing.
23. When you get to the corner, it will begin to fold on its own.
24. Fold the side of the quilt that you aren’t sewing over and pin the corner to form a mitered corner.
25. Sew to the corner and then continue sewing on the other side of your quilt. Sew all sides of your quilt repeating steps 23 and 24 when you get to the corners. Here’s what the sewed corner should look like:
26. You’re done sewing the quilt! You did it!! Here’s what the finished product should look like:
Ellen started with us in 2011! She moved to Georgia from California to help run the day to day at Southern Fabric. She brings over 30 yrs of sewing and quilting experience with her and helps out with a lot of our super fun tutorials. When not running around two of her three boys for school programs she loves to sit and sew to her hearts content and loves to learn new techniques. She also has 25 yrs of management experience in retail and the food service industry.