Thank you for your patience and kind words. You all are the best and I sure love hearing from you!!
I could sit here and teach something that you can find on almost every quilt blog out there. But I won't. If you want to learn how to bind a quilt, you really have a lot of resources for that.
One of the best is a YouTube video by Jenni.
Find it RIGHT HERE.
What I will give you is a way to bind your quilt, by machine, so that you don't have to hand sew it on. First, cut your binding fabric into 2 1/2" strips, and following the video, attach your binding to your placemat:
Turn your placemat over to the back, and pull your binding over and pin it in place on the long top edge.
Use ALOT of pins, and make them the smaller kind because we are going to sew right over them.
Wow! Those are hard to see!!
Now, flip it back over to the front and sew VERY VERY slowly in the ditch where the binding is attached to the quilt.
This photo shows me sewing in the ditch right where a pocket is, but you can see the binding and pins.
When you get to the end, reverse and clip.
Flip your placemat over again, make a nice corner to begin with, and repeat the above process on the side.
This photo shows the nice corner.
Repeat on all four sides...and you are done!!
Sorry the placemat isn't wonky just the photographer with the help of Stephen.
An alternate method if you just don't think you can sew over those pins is to pin from the front of the placemat, making sure you catch the binding on the back.
This is more difficult to get the binding exactly straight.
This picture shows me sewing one pinned using this method. You have to remove the pins as you get to them.
It still finishes just as pretty!
Add your plasticware and napkins. (You can find all kinds of ways to fold your napkin.)
Once again, a wonky photographer with a little man's help.
All rolled up and ready to go!