I ran into a friend this weekend that asked me how I bind my quilts. I told her the same as everyone, sometimes. I stitch it down from the front, turn and hand stitch it down on the back with itty bitty stitches. I told her I usually do an easier way for baby quilts and other pieces that will be washed a bunch and are meant to be “used” a lot.
I promised her I’d share a video to explain it better and here it is. If you would like to see the tutorial via pictures, Pat Sloan has a tutorial on her blog here: HERE.
My only difference is that I don’t use a blanket stitch as often as I use a regular straight stitch. I usually sew it down with my 1/4” foot letting the inside left-hand edge of the foot run right off the edge of the binding; this places the stitch right on the edge of the binding. It is very neat and the backside only shows a straight line on the back of the quilt. You can match your bobbin thread to the backing and it is even harder to see.
Here is a picture of a runner I just finished out of vintage sheets. I wanted the binding to be 1” on the front to match the 1” white bands between the flowers and stripe pieces.
This runner will end up on Etsy shortly. I just adore the prints!!!!
Ya gotta love the net!