Try this ridiculously easy trick—just kidding—but I did find an easier way to get the ends of my quilt bindings sewn together. Back in the day, quilters were advised to tuck the tail into the binding start that had the edge turned under. This left you with an unsightly bulge.
Then, other methods were put forth to join the two ends at a 45 degree angle. In fact, there’s even a gadget sold to help you do this.
I’ve been using my own version of Sharon Shaumber’s method, which works but is a bit awkward. Then, I found a new method on one of my Pinterest feeds. It advertised ease and success, so I saved it and tried it out for my recent binding marathon (3 quilts in 2 weeks.)
This method comes from McCall’s Quilting, of all places, and you can watch a video on how to use it. If still photos suit you better, you can check them out as well. The instructions are simple and clear. (Editorial note: I would like to know how come the sincere and helpful folks who star in these videos don’t get some advice on their appearance before shooting these things. Even librarians dress better, and that’s going some.)
Easy? Yes. Successful? On my first try I had to resew my 45 degree angle seam to take up some slack as I had more fabric in the binding than I had quilt to attach it to. After that I knew how tight I needed to pull the binding and didn’t have that problem again.
I’m adding this method to my tutorials page.