|Narrow piping inserted along your quilt binding can be the perfect finish.
1. Begin by measuring around the perimeter of your quilt; add 20″ to this measurement to allow for mitering corners of binding and finishing the ends. From binding fabric, make 21/2″-wide straight-grain binding this length. From piping cover fabric, make 1″-wide straight-grain strip this length.
2. Insert the yarn in the piping cover strip; loosely baste fabric over yarn piping, using zipper or cording foot (Photo A).
3. To mark the center of the binding strip, fold it in half, wrong sides facing, and press. Open binding back out so it is flat press lightly if desired.
4. Using zipper or cording foot, baste piping to center fold line of binding (Photo B). Fold binding in half with wrong sides facing.
5. Trim excess batting and quilt back so ditch between piping and binding will align with first binding stitching when binding is sewn to quilt.
6. Working from the quilt back, align raw edge of binding with raw edge of quilt back. Piping fabric will be on top of binding fabric. Stitch binding to quilt (Photo C). Miter corners and join the ends just as when applying regular binding.
7. Bring binding over edge of quilt to front. Use clear monofilament thread (or thread that matches the piping cover fabric) and a zipper or cording foot to topstitch through all layers in the ditch between the piping and the binding (Photo D).