To finish off both the girl and boy versions of Baby Bricks, I am finishing my bindings by hand. I’m always needing a hand project that I can stitch while watching TV with the family!
A limited number of Baby Bricks Quilt Kits are available, using these exact fabrics shown.
My quilts are trimmed and ready for binding. I think that binding by hand gives a tidy finish which helps the quilt to lie flat and straight; very important when being hung in a show!
Step 1 – Securing the Binding to the Front of the Quilt by Machine
Please review my Jolly Jelly Roll quilt tutorial for step-by-step photos of this process. I show how to sew continuous binding strips using my favorite method called double fold, French binding. I also demonstrate how to complete it by machine, for a faster finish.
Step 2 – Pin Basting and Preparing Needles and Thread
I enjoy binding by hand if I am not rushed and everything is prepared ahead of time. I chose a heavier weight cotton thread that matches the binding. I like to thread several needles onto my spool so I can cut off a new length of thread and not have to worry about re-threading so many needles.
Next, I use pins and Pinmoors to secure the edges while sewing. I usually pin one large section at a time (enough for one length of sewing thread). Then I repin and move onto the next section as I go.
Step 3 – Sewing by Hand
Cut off about 18 inches of thread and knot it on one end. Then slip the needle between the backing fabric and the binding. The knot will be hidden under the binding.
Make one stitch at a time, backtracking slightly as you enter the needle for each new stitch.
This is very similar to hand applique or a blind hem stitch.
Be sure to stitch the corners closed on front and back.
You can click on any of the smaller photos to see more detailed closeups of the sewing.
It takes longer to sew by hand, but it’s a very relaxing and enjoyable process!
Smaller needles make a tiny stitch.
When I get near the end of my thread, I simply make a knot, take a last stitch and pop the knot into the binding. Then I start the process again until the entire binding is finished.
I will finish up the binding on both of my quilts, then post photos of the finished quilts next week. I have decided to add on a bonus week to this project so that I can talk about blocking and labeling your quilt.
Here is the complete tutorial schedule below:
If you enjoyed these tutorials, please join me when I begin the next quilt-along series, called Charming Chevrons! I will post the supply list next week. Here’s a hint: it’s made from charm packs! (4 charm packs total – 2 of the same light/background and 2 of the same dark/print)