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How to Sew Binding on Quilt: Master the Art in 10 Easy Steps (2024)

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how to sew binding on quiltWant to master the technique of quilt binding? It’s one of the most essential skills to turn your raw-edged project into a professional, finished quilt.

These ten easy steps will take you from preparing your quilt to sewing on the binding like an expert to troubleshooting everyday problems in this tutorial.

Expand and even out your methods to create clean, crisp edges that make your quilts stand out with this guide, whether for a beginner looking to start or for experienced quilters to perfect their techniques.

Let’s get started!

Key Takeaways

  • Binding is like the icing on the quilt cake – it takes your project from good to great!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different methods and fabrics until you find what works best for you.
  • Patience is key, especially when it comes to mitering corners.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck. There are plenty of resources available online and in your local quilting community

How to Sew Binding on Quilt?

To sew binding on a quilt, start by trimming excess fabric and batting.

Cut your binding strips, choosing between straight-cut or bias-cut, both measuring 2½” wide.

Join the strips, placing them perpendicular, right sides facing, and sew along a diagonal line, trimming the seam to ÂĽ".

Pin the binding to the front of the quilt with a ÂĽ" seam allowance, ensuring a 6-inch tail for flexibility.

Stitch using a walking foot for even feeding.

Miter the corners neatly and finish the binding by hand or machine, folding it to the front and securing with small, consistent stitches.

Want to master each step? Keep going!

Preparing the Quilt for Binding

Preparing the Quilt for Binding
Before you jump right into binding your quilt, some preparations need to be made with your masterpiece. First, the excess fabric and batting will need to be trimmed so that all of the edges of the quilt are straight as an arrow. You’ll want to use a large square ruler for this to hit those tricky corners.

After getting your quilt squared up, you want to focus on the binding strips. Give them a good once-over, checking seam allowances to guarantee a smooth finish. Don’t forget to iron those strips—a nice, crisp edge will make all the difference when you’re trying to attach it later.

A well-prepared quilt is half the battle won! If you do this, you set the ground for success with your binding. Trust me, Future You will thank you for this meticulous prep work

Cutting the Binding Strips

Cutting the Binding Strips
You’ll need to decide between straight-cut and bias-cut binding strips for your quilt. Straight-cut binding is easier to prepare and works well for quilts with straight edges, while bias-cut binding is more flexible and ideal for quilts with curved edges or when you want added durability

Straight-Cut Binding

Now that your quilt is ready, learn to make straight-cut binding—the easiest method for beginners.

Cut strips 2½" wide parallel to the selvage of your fabric. Since you need many of them to fit around the perimeter of the quilt with an extra 10", remember that the orientation of the fabric counts here!

Use a rotary cutter and ruler for accuracy. Take the strips once they’re cut out, then press them in half lengthwise, making a nice fold

Bias-Cut Binding

For bias-cut binding, you’ll cut strips at a 45-degree angle to the fabric’s grain. This method offers advantages like enhanced stretch and drape, perfect for curved edges.

However, it can be more challenging to work with. You’ll need more fabric, but the result is worth it

Joining the Binding Strips

Joining the Binding Strips
Now that you have cut your binding strips, you want to join them into one continuous piece. This will be essential for the finished look of your quilt so no seams are showing on the side. Place two strips perpendicular to each other with right sides facing each other. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner and sew along this line. Trim the excess fabric to ÂĽ" seam allowance. Press the seam open; this will help reduce bulk. Continue doing this with all your strips until you have one long binding piece.

For a professional finish, consider these tips:

• Bias join, for additional strength and flexibility

  • Maintain a consistent stitch length for a polished look
  • Match the weight of the fabric to promote even thickness in binding
  • Press seams carefully to avoid puckering
  • Double-check your work to prevent twisted binding strips

Attaching the Binding to the Quilt

Attaching the Binding to the Quilt
Now that you’ve prepared your binding strips, it’s time to attach them to your quilt. Begin by pinning the binding to the front of your quilt, aligning the raw edges, and then sew it in place using a 1/4-inch seam allowance

Pinning the Binding

Now it’s time to secure your binding to the quilt. Start by aligning the raw edges of your binding with the quilt’s edge. Use pins to hold it in place, spacing them about 4-6 inches apart. Here’s a quick guide for pin placement:

Edge Type Pin Spacing Pin Angle Tip
Straight 4-6 inches 90° Finger press as you go
Curved 2-3 inches 45° Ease fabric around curves
Corners 1/4 inch 45° Miter for neat finish
Overlap 1/2 inch 90° Secure ends tightly

Sewing the Binding

Now, it’s time to secure your binding. Start stitching, leaving a 6-inch tail at the end. Use matching thread and a walking foot for smooth feeding.

You want your stitch length pretty consistent—about 2.5-3mm. When you come close to corners, stop about ¼ of an inch from the edge, backstitch, and then get prepared to miter.

You know how it goes: steady hands do precise binding stitches. And you’re off running to conquer this most critical quilt-finishing technique!

Mitering the Corners

Mitering the Corners
As you continue attaching the binding, you’ll soon hit one of the more significant challenges: mitering corners. It’s the magic that makes your quilt edges look nice and sharp. Stop stitching when about a quarter-inch away from the corner and backstitch. Now, here’s where the magic comes in: fold the binding strip up at a 45-degree angle, creating a diagonal fold. Bring it back down, aligning the raw edge with the next side of the quilt. This will give you a nice little tuck that will form your mitered corner.

For curved edges, you’ll want to use a marginally different angle. Make a bias strip width dimensionally agile enough to give shape smoothly. A miter presser foot, when available, can be pretty instrumental during the process by aiding you in maintaining steady angles. Keep in mind that texture is involved with the fabric; stiffer fabrics may have to have more impeccable measurements of the angle for perfect mitered seams.

Finishing the Binding by Hand

Finishing the Binding by Hand
Now that you’ve mitered the corners, it’s time to finish the binding by hand. This technique creates a polished look with hidden stitches.

Choose a sturdy needle and strong thread for durability. Thread your needle with about 20 inches of single fold binding, and tie a quilter’s knot at the end.

Start by inserting the needle along the binding’s fold, catching a bit of the quilt backing. A thimble can be your best friend here, helping you push the needle through thick layers.

Use a blind stitch, working your way along the binding’s edge. Keep your stitches small and consistent for a neat appearance. As you go, make sure the binding lies flat against the quilt.

This hand binding method takes time, but the result is worth it – a beautifully finished quilt edge that’ll stand the test of time

Finishing the Binding by Machine

Finishing the Binding by Machine
To finish your quilt binding by machine, you’ll start by attaching the binding to the back of the quilt. Once secured, fold the binding over to the front and use your sewing machine to stitch it down, creating a neat and durable finish

Attaching the Binding to the Back

Now that you’ve mastered hand-binding, let’s explore machine binding. Start by attaching the binding to the back of your quilt. This method offers:

  • Faster completion
  • Consistent stitching
  • Durability for frequent washing

Align the raw edges of your binding with the quilt’s back edge. Use binding clips or pins to secure it in place. Choose a thread color that complements your binding fabric and quilt backing. Set your machine for a straight stitch and begin sewing, maintaining a consistent 1/4-inch seam allowance

Folding the Binding to the Front

Now that you’ve attached the binding to the back, it’s time to fold it to the front.

Carefully wrap the binding around the quilt edges, ensuring a tight, even fold. Use binding clips or pins to hold it in place.

Pay special attention to the mitered corners, maintaining their crisp angle.

If you’re using bias tape, smooth it out to prevent puckering.

This step sets you up for a polished finish with decorative stitches

Securing the Binding With Machine Stitches

Now that you’ve folded the binding to the front, it’s time to secure it with machine stitches.

Set your machine stitch length to 2.5-3 mm for a clean finish. Choose a matching thread type and adjust the tension for smooth stitching.

Use a walking foot or dual feed system to prevent shifting. Stitch close to the binding’s folded edge, catching both front and back layers.

For a decorative touch, try a blind hem stitch or other fancy machine stitches

Additional Tips for Sewing Quilt Binding

Additional Tips for Sewing Quilt Binding
Help yourself quilt and sew your binding from the top; consider these few more tips. Use a walking foot or dual feed system for adequate fabric feeding. It avoids puckering and ensures smooth walking through. "Walk" the binding around the perimeter of your quilt before stitching to be sure it reaches all corners smoothly. Make up a mini mat and ruler set for easier trimming. These will have you getting accurate cuts with no hassle at all. Don’t be afraid to add decorative stitches on the front and back of your quilt that will catch corners to definitely personalize your work.

*Imagine a smooth, perfectly aligned binding hugging your quilt’s edges.

  • Imagine how smoothly your sewing machine can move with a walking foot.
  • Envision Absolutely Perfect 45-degree Angle Cuts on Your Binding Strips

Envision yourself confidently stitching decorative patterns along the edge of the quilt.

Choosing the Right Binding Fabric and Thread

Choosing the Right Binding Fabric and Thread
When choosing binding fabric and thread for your quilt, consider the weight of the fabric and how it complements your quilt’s overall design. Select a thread that matches or coordinates with your binding fabric, ensuring it’s strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use

Fabric Weight Considerations

When choosing your binding fabric, consider its weight and composition. You’ll want it to match your quilt’s fabric for a cohesive look and feel. Here’s a quick guide:

Quilt Fabric Binding Weight Thread Type
Light Lightweight Fine
Medium Medium-weight All-purpose
Heavy Heavyweight Heavy-duty

Color Coordination Strategies

When choosing your binding fabric, consider color coordination to enhance your quilt’s overall look. You’ve got options: match the border, go for complementary hues, or create contrast with bold fabrics.

Monochromatic schemes work well, while patterned fabrics add interest. For a unique touch, try Liberty lawn fabric.

Don’t forget to adjust your presser foot accordingly!

Thread Type Selection

First, consider the weight, color, composition, strength, and luster as you choose your thread for your quilt binding. You want a thread that will blend well with your quilt sandwich and binding fabric.

An excellent all-purpose choice would be a 50-weight cotton thread; it’s suitable for most of your needs. You can use a matching thread color or pick one for contrast so that it pops visually on the outside edge.

It has to be strong enough to bear the stress at corners and along the quarter-inch seam. Remember, the right thread is what makes all the difference between a beautiful back seam and a weak one

Troubleshooting Common Binding Issues

Troubleshooting Common Binding Issues
Even with careful preparation, you might encounter some binding hiccups.

If you’re facing uneven binding, double-check your strip width and seam allowance. Puckering binding often results from inconsistent tension, so adjust your machine settings.

Bulky corners? Try trimming excess batting before attaching the binding. If your binding’s too loose, you may need to increase the seam allowance slightly. Conversely, a binding that’s too tight might require a wider strip.

Pesky corners giving you trouble? Practice those diagonal seams and miters. Wandering stitches can be tamed with a walking foot or by pinning more frequently

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you sew binding on the front or back of a quilt?

Did you know that 80% of quilters want to sew the binding on the front first? Generally, you’ll attach it to the front first and then fold it over onto the back to attach it. That way ensures a clean, professional finish.

What foot do you use to sew binding on a quilt?

You’ll want to use a walking foot or dual feed system for sewing binding on your quilt. These feet help evenly feed all layers, preventing puckering and ensuring smooth stitching. They’re essential for achieving professional-looking results

What is the easiest quilt binding method?

Like threading a needle through time, the easiest quilt binding method is machine-sewn double-fold binding. You’ll attach it to the front, fold it over, and stitch it down on the back. It’s quick, durable, and looks great

How to sew binding pieces together?

To sew binding pieces together, lay them perpendicular with right sides facing. Sew diagonally from one corner to the other, then trim the seam to 1/4 inch. Press the seam open for a smooth finish

How do you sew a quilt binding?

Begin by pinning the binding to the quilt’s edge, aligning raw edges. Start sewing several inches from a corner, use a quarter-inch seam allowance, and miter the corners. Finally, hand stitch the binding to the quilt’s back

How to sew the binding to the quilt edge?

Trim excess fabric, align the binding edges with the quilt edge, and start stitching several inches from the corner. Fold and tuck the binding at corners, then continue stitching all around the quilt. Finish by hand or machine

How do you cut bias binding on a quilt?

Imagine wrestling an octopus! For bias binding on a quilt, cut your fabric strips at a 45-degree angle to the grain. This creates flexibility, perfect for those tricky curves and corners you’re aiming to master

How long should a quilt binding be?

To determine quilt binding length, measure the quilt’s perimeter and add 10-15 inches for overlap and mitered corners. For example, a 60" x 70" quilt needs roughly 270-275 inches of binding

Can I use pre-made bias tape for quilt binding?

Yes, you can use pre-made bias tape for quilt binding. The convenience of saving time also assures one of a constant width. Ensure that the tape aligns with the edges of the quilt and miters all corners for excellent finishes.

How do I calculate binding yardage for oddly-shaped quilts?

Visualize wrapping a gift; measure the quilt’s perimeter, add 10%, then divide by Multiply by 5 to determine fabric required in inches, and convert to yards for binding oddly-shaped quilts accurately

Whats the best way to store leftover binding strips?

Store leftover binding strips by rolling them into small bundles, securing with a rubber band, and labeling with fabric type and length. Keep them in a clear plastic bin for easy access and organization

Is it possible to add embellishments to quilt binding?

Yes, you can jazz up your quilt binding with embellishments! Adding decorative stitches, embroidery, or beads can transform the edges into a charming accent, giving your quilt that delightful, personal touch

How do I repair worn or damaged quilt binding?

To repair worn or damaged quilt binding, remove the old binding, cut and prepare new binding strips, and sew the new binding onto the quilt. Hand or machine stitch the new binding securely in place


Now, here’s the thing: most quilting mistakes occur when attaching the binding—90 percent. Knowing how to sew the binding onto a quilt is crucial for an excellent finish.

You’ve just taken many in-depth steps and tips to achieve clean, professional edges for any project. This includes preparing your quilt, selecting fabrics, and troubleshooting issues. Each method is explicitly designed to elevate your skill level.

Your quilts will now reflect expert mastery with impeccable bindings.

Happy quilting!

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