Here are a couple of tips to help you make a nice straight binding. I know that many of you may do this but this is for those who are new to making a straight grain binding.
I cut my strips at 2 1/2” because I I attach the whole binding by machine. No handwork for me! (OK-not totally true-some times I sew the binding to the back by hand-but not very often).
I used to think that I was saving fabric by butting my edges together exactly. (See below) But I think that is why my seams were never straight.
Now I use my cutting board and start like this:
By overlapping a bit, I find it is easier to visualize a start point and stop point for my drawn line.
I use my little ruler to mark my sewing line; the bias marking on the ruler is lined up at the bottom so I know I have a true 45 degree angle. Mark your sewing line.
Sew the seam.
Trim the seam to 1/4” and trim the dog ears (the picture below shows one dog ear cut off)
And you are done! A nice straight binding.
Next week I will show you how I do the whole binding by machine.