Cute Quilt for a little boy, including Self-binding Tutorial

A quilt top which I’d started on ages ago had been shouting at me to get it finished as it’s for a Christmas present. When I began making it, my 3yr old had kept saying how much he loved it and all the woodland animals. So, I decided I’d make it into a little gift for him. He’s still at that age where he appreciates cute things. I decided I’d use a self-binding method as an easy and quick way to finish off the quilt. There’s no hand-sewing involved and the quilt gets backed and bound all at the same time! Bonus, as I was fast running out of time. Here’s the quilt top:

A handmade quilt top with woodland animals.

Fabrics used are Les Amis by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics – including Turtle Parade, Sweet Owlies and Socks the Fox (even the fabric names are cute).

I chose the Turtle Parade print for the backing fabric and some organic cotton batting (Hobbs) which I already had in my stash. I used to make little crib quilts from organically grown cotton and so also used organic batting. It’s lovely to use, nice and soft and easy to quilt through. As I’d decided to self-bind the quilt, I cut the batting 3/4” bigger than the quilt top, all the way around, and the backing 2” bigger than the batting, all the way around.

Quilt top with batting and backing fabric

Batting 3/4” bigger all round, backing fabric 2” bigger than the batting, all round.

The layers were all pinned together, ready for quilting. I did some criss-cross diagonal stitching through the larger squares and ‘in the ditch’ quilting (along the seams) around some sections.

Quilt sandwich quilted

To create the self-binding, fold over each corner of the backing fabric, so that the tips touch the batting corners and then trim off the corners of the backing fabric along the crease lines. Refold and press each corner, with the trimmed edges meeting the quilt top corners.

Fold over and pressed each side edge of the backing fabric, so that the edges meet with the batting edges.

Fold and press backing edges to meet batting edges.

Fold and press backing edges to meet batting edges.

Fold over and press all the backing edges a second time, to cover the batting and overlap the quilt top by 1/4”. Mitred corners are magically created at this point with very little fuss!

Backing fabric folded over again to overlap quilt top

Backing fabric folded over again and pressed, slightly overlapping quilt top. The folding process creates perfectly mitred corners with no fuss.

Topstitch all the inside edges of the self-binding, staying close to the edge (a scant 1/8” seam) and then zigzag stitch the mitred corners or hand-stitch the edges together, if you’d prefer the stitching to be hidden.

Inner edges of self-binding topstitched, close to edges. Corners zigzag stitched.

Inner edges of self-binding topstitched, close to edges. Corners zigzag stitched.

That’s it, one handmade gift completed! I’ll be looking forward to giving this to the little one, hope he still likes it as much!

Finished quilt - woodland creatures

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