Simple "back to front" binding
This works for me for two reasons....1) I hate working with bindings on the bias....and 2)
I don't have enough strength in my hands to handle much in the way of hand sewing....
First, decide how wide you want your finished binding to be and double that amount.
For example....for the black and white quilt I did for Ken (To see picture, use link below),
I wanted a 1 1/2 inch wide finished binding on the front...so the backing was cut 3 inches wider all around,
than the top measurements. Starting on the sides, I fold it in half towards the quilt top so the raw edge
meets the raw edge of the quilt top. Then simply fold it over the front of the quilt top and pin at 3 inch
intervals making sure you keep the binding flat and don't move it up or down or you get "wrinkles".
I use my zipper foot and attach it to the bar so I am sewing to the left of the foot. This helps keep my seam
straight and I get a consistent feed on the fabric and don't have it bunching up. Top stitch each side.
Then turn down the top and bottom bindings and stitch in the same manner. On a smaller piece like my wall hanging,
there is enough of a "tunnel" for me to run a wire or thin dowel through to hang....if that is how you choose to
display them. With a wider binding like on the quilt, it is not necessary to whip stitch the ends because the
binding is wide enough to make it secure. Press to set the top stitching.
If you choose to have a contrasting binding that would be a different fabric than your
backing....simply measure the width you want the finished binding to be, double that and add 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Trim the backing to match the quilt top. Using a 1/2 seam allowance, stitch it to the backing fabric pressing
the seam toward the center of the quilt. Fold the binding in half again to the raw edge of the quilt top and
then fold over as per the instructions above. This prevents the hand sewing....but will only give you a very
narrow binding on the back of the quilt....if you want it to appear wider on the back as well....take deeper seam
allowances but make sure you compensate with measurements over all for the width of the binding so it works out
correctly for the front of the quilt..