First of all, measure up and make your binding. I usually work with a 2.5″ wide binding for cushions, but you can really make it as wide as you like. There’s a fantastic app by Robert Kaufman called Quilting Calculator. HERE is a review of it. I swear by it!
The delightful cushion I am sharing with you to illustrate said binding, is a paper pieced cover.
As I mentioned on my Honey Honey Orphan Blocks Cushion, cushion covers are the perfect place to work on your free motion quilting! So go for your life! For this, I used a slightly different swirly pattern, sort of with an “eye” in the middle. I love it! I also just did some squiggles through the inside of the paper piecing. I used my favourite and most used Aurifil #2024. I now use it for all my piecing and garment making too.
Now, on to how I bind…
|Once I’ve put my cushion cover together, sewing just shy of 1/4″ around the outside, I work out how much binding I will need and get cracking…..|
|I then start sewing the binding on, 1/4″ from the edge, on the BACK of my cushion/quilt. When I start, I leave around 5″ unsewn – sort of like a tail.|
|When I get close to the edge, I stop about 1/4″ before the corner, backstitch a bit….|
|Then take it from the machine like so….|
|Now it’s time to prepare for mitred corners. Take your binding and fold it back at an angle, making sure to line the bottom raw edge up straight with the edge of the cushion…..|
|Then fold it back over on to of itself….|
|Making sure to line up the folded edge of the binding with the edge of the cushion you have already sewn….|
|Place your cover back in the machine, and start sewing about 1/4″ from the edge, backstitching a little, then continue sewing along the edge again. Repeat this at each corner you get to….|
|When you get to the end, leave another tail, so you have a gap and two tails like above. The wider the gap and longer the tails, the easier time you will have!|
|Lie your binding tails down flat on your cover and make them meet like this.|
|This will be where you join the binding, so you need to cut the tails off with about 1/4″ – 1/2″ for your seam.|
|Flatten the binding ends out and sew your seam at the width you left.|
|Your seam will look like this on the inside. You can see on mine there are two lines of stitching, that’s because my guesstimate wasn’t big enough to have my binding sitting flat enough!|
|Fold your binding in half at the seam, and you should have a nice flat binding!|
|Continue sewing the gap of binding together, and you will have one side done!|
|Like this. Now I know a lot of people like to use pins or clover clasp things, but I find it easiest to just use my hands. I feel like I have more control!|
|Now your aim is just stitch as close to the edge of the binding as you can.|
|When you come to the corner, slow down and leave your needle down.|
|Pull the fabric corner up from behind the cover.|
|Bring the bottom binding up and over your second row of stitching….. You will have a neat little fold in the side binding.|
|And then bring the side binding up over the stitching so that the little fold meets up with the edge of the bottom binding, giving it its mitred finish.|
|Finished from the back!|
|And finished from the front!|
I still haven’t decided who will be receiving this cushion for Christmas! I’ll have to see how naughty or nice people have been….
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