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Binding Tutorial

I have been binding 6 quilts over the last couple of days so I thought I would take a few photos and share with you how I do it. Hope this makes sense!

Making The Fabric Strip to Bind Your Quilt

  1. To make one long strip of fabric for the binding it is likely that you will need to sew several smaller strips together. When you sew the strips together you want to reduce bulk as much as possible. To do this sew diagonal seams. Lay your strips at right angles to each other with right sides facing.

  2. Sew diagonally from the top left hand corner to the bottom right hand corner.

  3. Trim the extra fabric from the seam. Leave about 1/4 inch (6mm)

  4. Open seam and press.

TIP: Always make more binding than you think is necessary. It is better to have too much than too little!

Attach Binding To Quilt

  1. Leave a tail of about 3 inches (10 cm) Sew the binding to the quilt and stop when you are 1 / 4 inch (6mm) from the corner. Backstitch to secure and cut the thread. Remove from your machine.

  2. Fold the strip back on itself diagonally.

  3. Fold the strip down and sew from the end (with a 1/4 inch or 6mm seam allowance). Repeat this for every corner.

  4. When you are only a few inches from where you started the binding, backstitch and cut the thread and remove from your machine. Fold the strips of binding under so that there is about 1/8 inch (3mm) gap between the ends of the binding. Pin to mark.

  5. Put the strips together so that the right sides are facing and the strips are at right angles to each other. Sew diagonally from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Open up seam and check against your quilt to check it fits. (If not undo and repeat) If the binding is correct, cut the extra bulk from the seam. Finish sewing the binding to the quilt.

  6. You should now have the binding attached to the quilt. Hand stitch the back of the binding in place.

Comment (1)


November 29, 2008 at 8:47 PM

This is such a great tut - thank you. One of my things to do next year is to make a quilt...so I've bookmarked this!