No-End Binding – a Great Improvement!
I have been using a no-end binding technique for years with great results. It is a fairly simple way to sew a mitered seam to attach the beginning and ending tails of the binding to each other, but this old dog has just learned a new trick – and I love it!
Once you have cut and sewn together all your binding strips (this works for a single binding as well as for a double/French binding), take your “beginning” end and cut it at a 45° angle. Press under a 1/4″ hem. Cut a piece of paper backed fusible web (Wonder Under™, Heat and Bond™, etc) 1/4″ x 2″. Iron this to the hem, leaving the paper in place.
Begin to sew your binding to the quilt with a back stitch, leaving the angled “beginning” tail unattached for about 8″. Continue to bind, mitering the corners in your preferred way. When you get all the way around, stop stitching about 10″ from the beginning stitching, and backstitch once again. Remove the paper from the beginning tail,
and place the ending tail where it should go.
Press with a hot iron for about 5 seconds, let cool and then open the original 1/4″ hem up to reveal the crease.
Stitch in this crease and trim away the excess tail. Lay this pieced portion of the binding against the quilt and sew the last 10″ to the quilt. Finish as usual!
No more fussing around, trying to figure out which angle to sew and where. I hope you find this helpful. If you’d like more detailed instructions, Nancy Zieman has a great video on bindings. Click here to view it!