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Wondering how to sew a quilt?
uilts come in all kinds of patterns, colors, shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: the edges in
The binding is a’edge’to the quilt, containing all the raw, frayed edges of the sewn together fabric squares, giving the quilt a clean, finished look.
And while putting the binding on a quilt can be tricky, having a few techniques in your sewing repertoire can make things much easier.
Just follow these simple tips and you’ll have a finished quilting masterpiece in no time.
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How much quilt binding do you need?
You can buy bindings from your favorite fabric store or make your own fabrics. It all depends on the project you’re working on and your preferences.
To determine how much binding you’ll need, measure the circumference of your quilt—by measuring the length to count. From each side together, then add an extra 10 inches for seams, corners, and any pesky mistakes.
You can divide the circumference number by the amount of fabric you have – and this tells you how many strips of binding you need. Round it if you get a decimal.
Example: 30 inches + 30 inches + 20 inches + 20 inches + 10 inches = 110. Then 110/30 = 3.67. We need four strips to fit around your quilt.
Now let’s start sewing!
How To Sew the binding on a quilt
Organize the binding strips
Take two of your binding strips and place the right sides perpendicular on top of each other – or at a 90-degree angle. a 1/4 inch past the new seam.
Trim and Fold
Trim the start of the binding a 45-degree angle and fold your binding – wrong sides together – before pressing it with an iron.
Now you are ready to attach the binding to your quilt to confirm!
Fasten the binding to the quilt
Cut off any excess backing, batting or fabric hanging from your quilt. We want the edge you’re attaching the binding to be clean.
uickly check that you don’t have any seams that end up on the corners that are harder to sew.
Lay your binding along the perimeter of the quilt. If you get a seam (where two strips of binding meet) in one corner, fit the binding up or down in your quilt.
Why make this more difficult than it needs to be?
Pin Your First Strip
Place your binding on the front of your quilt—about 6 to 8 inches from the corner closest to where you start.
Leave a tail about 6-8 inches from the side of the quilt. This will help later when you join several strips together.
Abegn the open end of the binding with the edge of your quilt; the folded edge should face your quilt.
Grab your first strip of binding on one side of your quilt.
Sew the binding
Sew the binding to the front of the quilt, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
When you get to a corner, stop sewing about 1/4 inch away and sew away the side of the corner.
Remove and fold
Remove the quilt from the sewing machine to a free area. Fold the binding (hanging over the corner you just sewn from) away from the quilt and over the binding you just sewed to the side.
Hold the edge of binding in bene with quilt edge.
Put the binding back on the quilt. A fold of fabric. This is what you want.
Don’t worry! This will form the angle for the front of the quilt. Have confidence!
Sew the binding down
Start from the edge of the quilt side you just joined, worked and sew the next side of the binding down until you reach a corner.
Repeat the corner process on all four corners.
Just before you finish, leave a 6 to 8 inch tail from your last binding strip to hang from the quilt. Trim any bonds that seem too long.
We want to have a bond of several centimeters overlapping each other. Remember, when we started, we also left a 6 to 8 inch tail.
Cut and Trim
Open the end of the binding. Insert the tail of your starting binding piece.
Mark where the angled end is in the open binding and then remove it.
Cut ½-inch away from that measurement at a 45-degree angle. You cut away ½-inch to allow for seam allowances at both ends of the binding.
Pin the Bindings Together
Unfold the two tails, then lay them perpendicular to each other, right sides together. The diagonal ends should touch.
Put the two bindings together and sew an inch seam to complete the continuous loop.
You have completed the square.
Finish close-up and sewing
Now all you have to do is close the binding (fold it up) and finish it at the front of the quilt. Great job so far!
Now to the back of the quilt!
Final quilt binding steps
Fold your binding over the edge of the quilt, paying particular attention to the corners. You may need to use a seam ripper or corner tool to lay the fabric in the corners of the binding. go to your sewing machine.
Sew the binding to the back of your quilt, taking extra care around the corners.
The video below shows more details about quilt binding.
You’ve tied your quilt! Celebrate!
Enjoy your achievement! You should be proud.
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For some excellent visual quilt binding instructions, see this guide.
Do you have any tips on quilting bindings?