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How to Bind a Quilt

September 19th, 2011 by editor

Your quilt top is complete! The layers have all been quilted. Now it's time to bind! We'll help you step-by-step!

While there are many ways to do this, I want to show you a favorite method I use.

Step 1: Prepare your quilt for the binding by trimming away the excess batting and back layer.

Step 2: Measure the perimeter of your quilt and add at least 10" to that measurement. Cut the binding fabric 2.5 inches wide by that measurement (perimeter + 10"). We are going to sew these strips together to make one, long continuous binding strip.

Step 3: To sew strips together, place the right side of one strip, perpendicular to the right side of another strip.

Step 4: Sew across the strip at a 45 degree angle and trim the excess fabric.

Step 5: Press seam open.

Step 6: Continue adding length to this strip until you reach approximately 10 inches beyond the perimeter measurement of your quilt.

Step 7: Fold one short end of binding approximately 1/4". Press. This is the beginning of your binding strip.

Step 8:Fold the strip in half, with wrong sides together. Press with iron.

Step 9: Lay the binding strip on top of the quilt, aligning the raw edges of the strip to the raw edges of the quilt. *Note: Begin this strip about 1/3rd of the way down one side of your quilt top.

Step 10: Leave approximately a 6 inch tail of your strip unsewn when you are about to begin. Using a 1/4" or 3/8" seam allowance, begin stitching the binding to the quilt. Begin sewing and backstitch. As you get closer to the corner, stop sewing 3/8" from the end. (If you are using a 1/4" seam allowance, stop sewing 1/4" from the end.) Backstitch.

Step 11: Lift needle and foot and remove the quilt from the machine. Lift your binding up and over itself so that the raw edges are in line with the raw edge of the quilt.

Step 12: Fold your strip back down (over itself) so that there is a fold still along the top edge, and the raw edges of the strip and the quilt are matching again.

Step 13: Begin sewing 3/8" away from the corner (or 1/4" if you are using that seam allowance). Backstitch. Some quilters may start sewing right from the edge. Both methods will work. Continue this method for all four corner of your quilt.

Step 14: Finishing the binding as one continuous strip can be a bit tricky. There are many ways to do this, but we will share the easiest method. As you get closer to the end of your binding, simply tuck the end part of the binding into the fold of the first part of your binding (remember when you folded in the edge in Step 7?) Finish stitching and be sure to backstitch at the end.

Step 15: Fold your binding to the back, covering the raw edge of the quilt. The corners will form a nice miter when they are folded back.

The binding on the back should be brought over enough to cover the stitching line. With needle and thread, stitch down the binding to the back of the quilt using a blind hem stitch.

Congratulations! Your quilt is now complete!