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How To Bind a Quilt For Beginners

A beginners guide on how to bind a quilt. Lots of pictures to show you every step of the way.

Mary Norman

April 14, 2022

Quilt block from Lori Holts Spelling Bee book

How to bind a quilt for beginners

There are many ways to bind a quilt but this is the way I teach beginners.

To start we cut the binding strips, unless you are sewing around curves this does not need to be on the bias. Cut the strips 2.5 inches wide and as long as the quilt is around plus about ten inches to take in corners and an overlap at the end. If you are going to join lots of strips add a little more for seam allowances.

Cut strips of fabric 2.5″ wide.

To join strips put them right sides together and draw a line from corner to corner.

Draw from top left to bottom right. The bottom right point lines up with the corner of the fabric underneath.

Stitch on this line and trim off leaving a quarter of an inch seam allowance.

Trim with a rotary cutter or scissors.

Press this seam open. We do these seams diagonally to spread the bulk of the fabric. If you stitch straight across when we get to folding this area would become very bulky.

Press the seam open.

Once all of your strips are stitched together check that there is still enough length to go all around your quilt plus about ten inches extra. Add an extra strip if in doubt it is so much easier to have too much than not enough.

Press in half the full length of the strip.

Press the strip in half length wise.

Cut an angle at the beginning of the binding.

Cut an angle so the back is longer than the front.

Press in the cut edge about quarter of an inch to get rid of the raw edge.

Edge folded in and small piece trimmed off.

Sew on the edge of the quilt (not in a corner) the single back layer about two inches down from the top edge, over stitch at the beginning and end. Use a quarter of an inch seam allowance. The picture illustrates this better.

Stitch the bottom layer with fold facing the quilt.

Bring the top layer back over and start stitching where you finished the bottom layer remember to over stitch, this will form a little pocket. Make sure to line up the raw edges with the edge of the quilt.

Stitch the two layers from where you finished the single layer stitching.

Stitch until you are a quarter of an inch from the edge of your quilt. Your quarter of an inch foot may have markings to show a quarter of an inch in front of or behind the needle. If not measure and pop a pin in to show you were to stop, back stitch and take out of the machine.

Stop a quarter of an inch away from the edge of the quilt backstitch and take out of the machine.

Fold the binding back so that the fold lines up with the edge of the quilt.

Binding folded back with the fold lining up with the edge of the quilt.

Bring the binding over forming a point on the corner. Line the raw edge of the binding with the edge of the quilt pop a pin in this has measured how much fabric you need to get around the corner. Pull the fabric on the corner out of the way as you do not want to stitch this.

Binding folded.

Pinned and fold fabric moved out of the way.

Reverse stitch up stopping a quarter of an inch from the edge of the quilt then stitch down this edge until you get to the next corner. Remember to keep lining up the edge of the binding with the edge of the quilt and keep your quarter of an inch seam allowance.

Reverse stitch up to a quarter of an inch away from the edge of the quilt and then stitch down the quilt until you get to the next corner.

The back of the quilt should look like this with the two stitch lines just kissing each other.

The two stitch lines meeting.

Once you have done all of your corners and you are getting close to where you started trim off the excess and put a slant as in the photograph.

Trim the binding with a pointy end.

From the pointy end trim off a quarter of an inch up to nothing at the top of your pocket. This is so take the excess away as this is going to be tucked into the pocket.

Binding trimmed.

Tuck this end into the pocket and stitch into place.

Binding end tucked in.

Stitch to meet where you started.

Binding stitched.

Fold the binding around to the back, fold the corners do not try to turn them through like a pair of socks, just fold. Hand stitch just below the binding stitch line and into the under edge of the binding, this way the stitches will not be seen.

Hand stitch to finish.

Sew so you can’t see your stitches.
Binding complete.

I hope this is a useful reference, any questions please ask and I will do my best to help.

The quilt block featured is from Lori Holts Spelling Bee Book and the fabrics are also from Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage collection

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