This is how I bind my quilts. My mom taught me how to do it, of course. (Look for part 2 later tomorrow.)
Step 1: Cut strips that are 2 1/2 inches wide. Sew them together to make one long strip that will fit around the entire quilt.
Step 2: Press all of the seams in one direction:
Step 3: Fold the strip in half with right sides facing out and press:
Step 4: Don't trim off the excess backing and batting yet. It helps to stabilize everything while sewing on the binding. Sew on the binding with a 1/4 inch seam through all layers, as seen below. The fold is on the left and the raw edges are on the right in the photo. IMPORTANT: Leave a free tail of binding that is around 8 inches long as you can see in the background of this photo:
Step 5: Back stitch when you are 1/4 inch away from the corner and cut the thread.
Step 6: To make a mitered corner, fold the binding as seen below:
Step 7: Then fold it back down on itself as seen here:
You will now be able to pinch the corner as seen below:
Step 8: Where I am pointing is where you will begin sewing again. It is approximately 1/4 inch down from the top edge.
Step 9: Back stitch leaving about a 10-inch gap as seen here:
Continue with PART 2 HERE.