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How to Sew Binding on a Quilt

Happy to succeed in making that quilt sandwich? Now, you need to sew the binding on it successfully. By sewing a binding, you will be tying up the edges with the help of bias strips of fabric. Ultimately, you get a durable look on the quilt.

Are you a beginner in quilting and have no idea where to start? Or probably you have been away from the sewing work and need an easy reminder on the process. Either way, consider the tips here. They state the different and unique techniques you can employ to sew the binding on a quilt. Most importantly, they will make your sewing task much more comfortable.

How to Sew Binding on a Quilt?

Ensure the raw edges of the binding and those of the quilt are in line. You need to fold one edge, which must face the quilt. As you sew, ensure you do it all around the edges of your quilt. During the process, maintain clear miters on the corners. Don’t forget to leave 6″ to 8″ of some fabric as you bind.

Steps to Sew Binding on a Quilt

While sewing a binding sounds like a tiresome task, the results are incredible. They will even allure you into making it a new hobby, as long as what you come up with is worth your time and effort. Your quilt sandwich is ready after batting and quilting it. However, you aren’t sure about the binding process yet. It all starts by squaring up.

1. Squaring Up the Quilt

When you make the quilt sandwich, you might be left with excess batting and backing. For more comfortable use, ensure you reduce their sizes. Use a ruler to achieve a better pattern while trimming. To be precise, when cutting corners, a square ruler will do you good. On the sides, employ the straight one.

2. Set Your Binding and Sew

At this point, you already have the long binding strips. Now, line up the stripes to the quilt. Your long binding strips must be from seaming small pieces together. Ensure that as you align them in a way that they stick to the line without moving astray.

3. Get the mitered corners

Leave a gap of around 6 to 8 inch from the corner once you start sewing. It will come in handy later when joining the ends. At around one-quarter inch from the edge side, you can stop the sewing process and take out the quilt from your machine. Now fold the binding up and down. A tuck will create at the corner. It is the mitered corner. As you do this, the up- folding process should occur away from the quilt. You also need to ensure that the edges of the binding and the quilt’s edges are in line.

4. Sew the Next Part and Repeat

After binding down, sew the other side from your fabric edge. You should sew till the next corner, and do apply the process to all the four corners.

5. Connect the Ends

When joining the ends, the binding strips need to cover each other at length equal to their width. This way, you will get impeccable results. You can stop sewing at about 6 to 8″, right before the starting point. The left space is for binding; ensure you reduce it. As you do so, leave some overlap that you’ll use to bind.

6. Serge the Edges (It is an optional step)

If you are conversant with the serging process, why not carry it out? You will give your quilt a neat and great look. If you can’t serge, it is ultimately okay; carry on with the sewing process. This step is optional.

How to Turn the Binding and Settle It in Place?

There are a few methods you need to incorporate to achieve this. But first, you need to turn, press, and later secure the binding into place. The process occurs before finishing up with sew binding.

  • Use Clips: Clips are well known by many to secure a binding. The size of the quilt will determine the number of clips you will use. For instance, it will take about 100 clips to fit a throw-size quilt completely.
  • Use Pins: Sewing pins are also a great option if you lack the clips. They should face the direction opposite to the edge. This way, it will be easy to remove them without hurting your fingers.
  • Use Glue: Some glue will also do you right. You can wash the mess it may create as you try to align the edges. Such a great option if you don’t have the pins or clips.

2 Ways to Sew Binding on a Quilt

Here, you’ll acquaint yourself with how to carry out the binding process. The first technique goes well with smaller items such as the mini quilts and coasters. The final finish that the second method will give you is best for big things whose edges are long.

How to Sew Binding on a Quilt by Hand

You should maintain the same sew binding thread. However, you can use several needles. This way, you will come up with a neat quilt. The process is lengthy, but you can sit and relax as you enjoy your favorite show.

Step 1: Enclose the needle with the thread thrice. By pulling the needle to the end of the thread, you get a quilter’s knot.

Step 2: Insert the quilter’s knot to the lower part of the binding. You can now seize the backing and then the binding. This way, your stitching is complete.

Step 3: Keep on stitching, but this time back to the previous stitches. Ensure the needle enters these stitches; it should move out above the preceding stitch. Pushing the needle through the quilt may be challenging, but a thimble will help you in this.

Step 4: As you sew the corners, ensure you close them. Insert the needle from the front and stitch. Insert it again at the same spot from the back. This way, you close the miter.

Step 5: When your thread is about to finish, tie a knot. From the batting and backing, make a stitch. It should come through the backing. Then, eliminate the extra backing. Keep on with the process until you sew the whole binding.

How to Sew Binding on a Quilt With a Machine

A sewing machine will do you right on completing the process on time. Ensure the bobbin thread you use complements the front part of the quilt. The top thread should also suit your binding.

Step 1:  Place the quilt halfway to down. You can start on any side. As you sew, your fingers will be a perfect guide. You place them on top of the preceding stitch line. Ensure they entirely cover the stitch line.

Step 2: Here you make a mitered corner by grasping the quit and pressing the corner down. Use your fingers for this and push it to the right. Press the corner again, this time by itself, and to the left. Squeeze the miter and place back the quilt to the machine.

Step 3: At the mitered corners, directly place the needle. Stitch backward and then forward, still using your fingers as the binding guide. Ensure that the bind wholly covers the preceding stitch line.

Step 4: You are now on the last side of the quilt. You need to sew just a little at your starting point. To close the binding, backstitch.

What Is Quilt Binding?

Binding is a long piece of material that will decently cover the bear edges of the fabric. You can use it in the quilt to shield those bear edges. As you cover them, make sure that the top, backing, and batting of the quilt are together. It protects the edges and also makes the quilt more attractive.

How Wide Should Quilt Binding Be?

A two-layer bind will last long. You can, however, still use binding from one layer. You will know the amount of binding you require by adding up the length of each side of the quilt. Then add ten inches to the number to cover up the four corners. You will get the measurement of the size you need to make.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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