|Lay the strips together like this.|
Measure the perimeter of your quilt. Cut enough strips to go all the way around the quilt with at least 20 inches extra. Cut strips across the width of your binding fabric. I cut between 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches widths. Lay the strips, right sides together, perpendicular as seen in the picture above.Sew the strips together on the bias to make one long strip.
|The edge of the ruler shows where you will sew.|
Start sewing the binding on the front side of the quilt. Start in the middle of one side and leave a tail about 6-10 inches long.
|Note where the pin is. That is where I stopped before I came to the corner.|
|The folded edge on the right leaves just a touch of the fabric underneath showing.|
|It's hard to see, but there is a gap between the two ends of the binding.|
Here is the binding piece folded in half again. I put a pin where the seam is, so you could see it. The gap is now ready to have the rest of the binding attached to the quilt front.
I often press the binding from the front side away from the quilt so I can turn it to the back more easily
I sometimes use a foot that allows me to stitch in the ditch. It keeps the sewing very straight on the front. I don't mind that that thread shows. I don't sew my bindings down by hand for a couple of reasons. I don't like hand sewing. It takes too long. I expect these quilts will be hard used. I expect they'll be thrown in the washing machine and dryer and this is a much stronger attachment method.
Here is what the back looks like. It's not perfect, but it's perfect enough for me.
I hope that was helpful.