How to use our binding tool

Love Patchwork & Quilting binding set

Issue 79 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine comes with a 2-in-1 corner tool and set of eight binding clips! Here’s how to use the tool in your quilts…

This clever tool will help you join the ends of your binding with a diagonal seam, and create expert mitred corners. The flattened point of the tool allows you to line up the two trimmed edges with no overhanging dog ears, and the corner notches mean there’s no guesswork on where to stop and start your seams for perfect mitred corners. Just make sure to backstitch to secure the ends, and press your seam open for a flawless, flat finish.

Joining ends

Step one: Attach the binding to your quilt, leaving 8in tails at each end and a 1212in gap between the two ends.

 Step two: Place the short flat edge under the binding on one side (edge A aligned with the quilt edge) and mark on the line.

Step three: Unfold the binding and line up the mark on your tool with the mark on the binding. Trim the end of the binding.

Step four: Rotate the binding tool so that Edge B is aligned with the edge of the quilt, and mark the other binding tail.

Step five: Unfold the end of the binding and line up the two marks. Trim the end of the binding using the tool. 

Step six: Align the two trimmed ends right sides together and sew with a 14in seam. Finish stitching your binding to the quilt.


Mitring corners

Step one: Mark the corner on your binding, sew up to the mark, pivot your foot and sew off the corner. 

Step two: Fold the length of binding upwards at a 45-degree angle, creating a diagonal fold with the edge.

Step three: Hold the folded corner in place and fold the binding straight down, along the raw edge of the quilt. Clip in place. 

Step four: Use the notch in the corner of the binding tool to mark the corner and start sewing again from the end of the mark. 

Issue 79 is on sale from Wednesday 2nd October – pre-order your copy here!