4 round coasters

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I made my first round quilt last month to go with the placemat project I did for QUILTsocial. Now these round quilts were not very big – in fact only coaster size. About 5 inches in diameter. Being so small made the binding a bit tricky.

When binding something round or curved the binding needs to be cut on the bias so that it has give and can be placed smoothly and evenly along the curve with no puckers or gaps.

How to Make Bias Binding

Since the coaster was not very big a 6 ½″ wide strip of fabric would be wide enough to cut the bias strips from at a 45 degree angle.

To begin place the ruler on the fabric at a 45 degree angle and cut off the end of the fabric which will be a triangle shape.

Align the 45 degree angle line with the bottom edge of the fabric

45 degree angle line of ruler on bottom edge of fabric

Next place the 2 ¼″ ruler line on the diagonal edge of the fabric with the 45 degree line of the ruler on the bottom straight edge and then cut the strip.

Align the 2 ¼″ line of the ruler with the diagonal edge of the fabric to cut strips

Place the 2 ¼″ line of the ruler along the diagonal edge of the fabric

Continue this process until all strips needed are cut.

Cut bias strips to create binding

Bias strips being cut

Sew the two strips together to make a continuous strip of fabric. Align with approximately a ¼″ of fabric hanging over at each end – this will ensure the strips line up when opened up and be straight. Pin strips if you wish since they are on the bias and may stretch.

Align ends of fabric and sew strips together to form a continuous strip

Sew strips together

Press it in half with wrong sides together. The ends will be on the diagonal. Now it is ready to sew onto the coaster.

Fold binding strip in half with wrong sides together and press

Press binding strip in half

Attaching the Bias Binding

Start sewing in a bit from the end of the strip – about 2 inches. Leaving this tail of fabric free at the beginning makes it easier to attach the ends once the binding is in place. As well cut the diagonal edge to a straight edge.

Start sewing a few inches in from the end of the binding strip

Leave a tail when starting to sew to quilt

Slowly sew around the curved edge easing the binding into place. I use the ¼″ foot for this. Stop about 2 inches from the beginning of the binding.

Since this is such a small piece modifications were done to how I normally finish off the binding.

Fold over the end of the start of the binding a quarter inch so no raw edge is showing.

Press beginning end of binding over a ¼″

Press over end of the beginning of binding

Trim off the other end of the binding keeping it on the diagonal so that there is about 1 ½″ past the end of the stitching.

End of binding cut at an angle

Trim end of binding off at an angle

Tuck the angled end of the binding into the beginning of the binding. They should sit flush together with no bunching or overhang. If not then trim a bit more off the end of the diagonal edge.

Tuck end of binding under beginning of binding.

Ends of binding tucked together

Once nicely tucked in continue sewing down the binding to the coaster.

Bias binding attached to coaster

Binding sewn on

Turn binding to back of quilt and hand sew in place. The little red Wonder Clips from Clover work great to hold everything in place when hand sewing.

Binding held in place with Wonder Clips

Wonder clips holding binding in place – top view

Something this small can be a bit fiddly but it looks great when done.

Coaster complete with binding

Completed coaster

Happy Quilting!

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