Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sweet Bunny (and a single fold binding tutorial!)

When I saw the pattern Woodland Animals by Juliet of Tartankiwi, I just couldn't resist.  (You may remember that Juliet was our featured designer in January for One Monthly Goal.)

My little bunny mini finishes at 5''.  Isn't she cute?

The pattern includes several sizes so I'm likely to make more, maybe a bigger one as a pillow. This one will be gifted.

When I make small quilts, I always use a single fold binding.  I put together a quick tutorial on what I do.

First cut the binding at 1 1/4''.  Place right side against the top of your quilt and attach at 1/4'' like you would a typical binding.

Attach on all four sides, making sure to leave a tail at the beginning and end.  (left photo, below)

To join each end of the binding strip, fold each binding edge so that the folds lay right up against the other and finger press each of the folds.  (center photo, below) 

Align the binding strip edges, right sides together, so the fold lines you just created are aligned. Sew on this fold line.  Fold your quilt in half to help get things lined up. (right photo, below)

Once you test to make sure binding fits, trim away excess and finish sewing down binding.

Fold binding over to back and press.

With right side of quilt facing down, fold over the edge of the binding to quilt edge and then fold again to tuck the raw edge underneath.

Attach binding.  I sew by hand (and these small quilts go quick!) but you could also sew by machine.

If all goes well, your folded over binding will cover the line of stitches that resulted from attaching it to the front.

I'll be linking with Tips & Tutorials Tuesdays.  My quilt top will be linked up with  Main Crush Monday's,   Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy Friday,  Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.   My improv quilt top is finish #12 for 2017 - most are minis.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I love this little mini Patty. Thanks for sharing this clear tutorial.

  2. For tiny quilts like this, I prefer a single fold binding as well. This is a great visual representation of how to make it work, and what a sweet bunny! Thanks for linking up. :)

  3. So adorable. And thank you for the tutorial. I will keep it in mind

  4. Too cute! And thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Love that sweet bunny ear, it almost looks 3d?!

  6. Such a cute tiny little bunny! Looks great!

  7. That is so cute. Thanks for the binding tutorial.

  8. Your bunny is darling. I just made my first single fold binding. I'm anxious to see how well it wears.

  9. Thank you for sharing! That bunny block is really cute and the binding tutorial is short and effective! :)

  10. What a sweet little quilt! I just finished up a couple minis and did a single fold on two of them but finished sewing on the front. I like the way you did yours better!


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