Next, it is time to make the binding. I used about a yard of cotton fabric in a light peach color. To start off, you will need to cut the fabric perpendicular to the selvedge edge into strips 2 1/4 inches wide. Most cotton quilting fabric is 42″ wide, so each strip will give you about 40 usable inches. To determine how many strips you need for your binding, divide the perimeter of the quilt by 40. For my quilt, I needed 10 strips.
When all the strips are cut, it is time to join the strips together into one long strip. To do this, put the ends of two strips together at a right angle with right sides together and stitch from corner to corner to join the strips at an angle. Keep doing this until all your strips are joined into one long chain.
This will give you a nice long piece of binding. There is just one last step before we can attach it to the binding. Take one end of your strip, open it up so it is flat, and cut off the end at a 90 degree angle. Then fold the binding closed again along the lengthwise crease.
Now it is time to attach the binding to the quilt! Start in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt and leave about six inches of binding unattached (the angled end of the binding). Place the binding so the open edge lines up with the edge of the quilt and the folded edge points to the middle of the quilt.
Press open the seam allowance (a finger press should work just fine), clip off the corners, and fold the binding back along the lengthwise crease.