I admit it. I use bias tape to bind my quilts. And I am only minimally embarassed to admit it. However, by the time it gets to the binding stage, I also admit, I just want the quilt finished already! That, and the idea of cutting material into bias strips terrifies me. Seriously.
So, a while ago I came across a tutorial on using the backing material of your quilt to also do the binding. No cutting and making strips or anything scary like that. I loved it and wanted to try it out and tell everyone about it. But could I find the tutorial again? Nope. No idea where I saw it.
So, using what I could remember I tried it out myself on my last quilt (yep, sweet Lily & Will). And you know what? I loved it. I will actually look forward to binding my quilts if I can do it like this from now on...so easy, and really, I love how it looks. So I wrote up a whole tutorial, which I'm still posting now...but on the same day I wrote this, a tutorial for exactly the same thing showed up in my Google Reader. So, if you want a second opinion, see here at Made By Rae (great minds think alike!;)).
Anyhow, here's my version of the tutorial....
Using your basting spray, baste your quilt top to your batting.
Once done, trim all the excess batting from your quilt top.
Ensure that your backing material has at least an extra 2" all the way around - this gives you some room to play with getting the top laid down properly, etc. As you can see, I had about an extra 8" all around!
Baste your quilt top onto your backing material.
Pin like a mad woman. I do.
Quilt like a mad woman. I do.
Once you have finished quilting, trim the backing to 1" all the way around your quilt.
Fold excess in half and iron down.
Once ironed all the way around, get out your pins (I know, I hate pins, but really...use them). Fold over a second time to the front of your quilt and pin in place.
Topstitch around the entire quilt. When you come to the corners, slow down and lower your needle into the fabric before turning the corner - this will keep a non-stop stitch running around the entire top, and it looks nice too.
Okay, all done.
Isn't that awesome?