To start: cut thread approximately 18" long, any longer and you get tangles and your thread can wear out from the constant in and out. Obviously knot your end.
*I start at a corner. Fold down binding towards back and place several pins (I use about 6) every 2 inches or whatever works for you. Move your pins as you work along. I start after the first pin and leave that pin in place.
*Then go through again at the same spot but grab a few of the backing threads to secure binding.
*Then slide needle in the binding fold and pull through. I think this is called a blind hem stitch but I'm not a seamstress. Continue this method until you're close to the end of your thread. Be sure to leave enough at the end to work with tying it off. I take an extra stitch before tying it off.
*Bring your needle from the top of the binding to the underside and pull through.
*Do a couple of knots being sure the knots are slid down towards the binding.
*To finish it off slide the needle between the backing and batting being sure not to go through the quilt top. Pull through and snip off thread. Your knots will be hidden.
*Now for the corners. Notice how there is a "fold" at the corner of the quilt top. You want to fold the binding on the back the opposite way to reduce bulk and make a smoother corner as shown below.
*Once you have your corner folded, pin it in place.
*I leave the pin in place to help keep it neat. Bring your needle up through the corner, grabbing the backing, and binding where that "corner" meets. I do two stitches here. Then continue on hand sewing until you're back to your first pin.
*The last thing I do is whip stitch the corners on the back of my quilt so they are less likely to get caught on something.
Happy Hand Sewing! ~Piecefully, Stephanie