how to bind a quilt

Today’s quilting tutorial is a guest post from Randi of I Have to Say and Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.  She is going to walk us step by step through how to bind a quilt.  I have personally used her method and find her instructions and illustrations quite helpful.  This part of sewing a quilt was part of a Quilt a Long from a few years ago that I took part in and loved! Thank you Randi!

How to bind a quilt




How to bind a quilt

This week we will be binding our quilts.  This is the step that provides a clean edge for the entire quilt, as well as a frame for your creation.  The color you pick for the binding will highlight those same colors and tones within the quilt, so choose accordingly.

Your first step is to cut the excess batting and backing off of your quilt, even with the quilt top:


Cut seven 2-1/2″ strips using this technique.  Seven strips will be a bit too much, but I always like to have too much than not enough.  Basically, you want to make sure that the total binding pieces measure longer than the outside measurement of your quilt:


Sew all the pieces together, end to end:


Open all of the seams and iron them flat:


Iron your binding piece in half along the entire length:


Personally, I find it more effective to pin and sew the edges of the binding on one at a time.  This way you don’t end up with puckering at the end.

Start pinning the binding to the quilt edge in the middle of one of the sides:

When you get to the corner, lay out the binding like this and make a crease with your finger:


Now fold the corner like this:


Now fold the edge like this and pin in place:


You can now start sewing your binding on, but start approximately 6 inches away from the first pin (that six inch piece will be sewn down in a little bit):


When you get to your first corner, sew like this and backstitch:


Remove your pin and refold the edge:


Now start sewing approximately 1/4″ from the corner of the quilt:


Keep sewing around the entire quilt, pinning and folding the edges in the manner shown above.  Stop approximately 6″ from the end of the binding.

When you come around to your starting point you will fold and iron your binding like so:

You will open the fold and pin the binding using the ironed fold as a guide:


Now sew along that ironed seam to connect the binding.  Pin the binding in place on your quilt and complete the sewing.  Your binding should be sewn around the entire quilt now.


Flip the binding to the back of the quilt and pin in place:


Once you have pinned the entire backing, you will hand-sew the binding in place:


Once the binding is completely sewn on, you are holding your finished quilt.  Some clipping of threads will be needed, but other than that it’s done!


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I have no fabric revelations for you today, no sales that I spent the day scouring.  Today I spent time with my grandma.  Spry as she’s always been she is getting to the age where it’s not as easy to care for a house by herself and she is forgetting and becoming confused.  She is moving to my aunt’s house and parting with the home in which she watched her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren grow.

I wasn’t close to my grandma growing up, there were just too many of us grandchildren.  As an adult, I lived far away from her.  Well now I live close and was able to spend the morning with her as she goes through her things to which she must say goodbye.  I cannot imagine spending over 60 years in a house and having to part with your memories and belongings.

Even though we were not close, I want to do everything I can in these last years she has left to make up for time lost.  I want her to know how important she is to me.  She is sad that many of her belongings will go to the Salvation Army or wherever and fly away like dust in the wind.

Today was a day of keeping.  Holding on.  Promising never to let go.

I went through her things with her and even if they weren’t things that were my specific taste, I want her to leave us knowing that someone is keeping her memories, passed down from generation to generation, in the family.

I did manage to pick up a little fabric that I think you will find positively lovely and I am honored to be able to keep them in my home and display them proudly.

The first is a beautiful tea towel that she lovingly and painstakingly embroidered so many decades ago.

grandmas embroidery


The beautiful and delicate roses and daisies are simply breathtaking to me, especially because I never knew Grandma has such talent.  The lovely lace trim adds to a timeless beauty that I am proud to display.

I also found a piece of fabric that must have been intended for some project that never came to fruition.  How many times have we all done that?

grandmas fabric

I love the way the thoughtlessly scattered crimson flowers add just the right amount of color to the backdrop of my antique metal bucket and collection of milk glass.

So thank you Grandma.  Thank you for the time spent together.  Thank you for letting me carry your memories on.  Thank you.


Does anyone remember that song?  I don’t know who performed it but it went something like “Open the door, get on the floor.  Everybody walk that dinosaur!”

If you do remember that and you were in that generation I have only one question: How weird were we?

If you have a dinosaur lover in your life and you’d like to sew up a project with coordinating dinosaur fabric then look no further than these prints put together by Fabricworm.


fabricworm dinosaur fabric bundle


Here’s what’s in this dinosaur fabric bundle:

Riley Blake, Le Creme Dots Brown
Riley Blake, Dinosaur, Main Cream
Riley Blake, Dinosaur, Stripe Multi
Riley Blake, Dinosaur, Toss Blue
Riley Blake, Dinosaur, Patch Green
Kona Cotton Solids, Pickle

Mix It Up Monday aims to help you coordinate fabrics from multiple collections to take the guess work out of your fabric selections.  I hope this week’s bundle inspires your next project!

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If you are into multimedia fabric art, then you will love this multimedia fabric heart Valentine by Terri Stegmiller.  Using foundation paper, Neocolor crayons and a quilting technique she has created a look that is truly one of a kind.  The unique black thread stitching against the soft pinks and neutral background gives it an eclectic feel. This is another project that could have multiple applications.  Add it to a Valentine quilt, use if for a great throw pillow or even tote bag, the possibilities are endless.

Quilted Multimedia Fabric Heart Valentine


Multimedia Fabric Heart Valentine

Sewn Valentine Heart by Terri Stegmiller


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Shop your favorite online shops for Valentine inspired fabric!


Fabricworm has Kiss Kiss by Abi Hall!

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Owls & Drum has Love Struck by Alexander Henry!

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Fat Quarter Shop has Valentine Rose by Tanya Whelan!

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Pink Castle Fabrics has Floral Bouquet from Lecien

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Marie Madeline has Slipper Roses by Tanya Whelan!

Slipper Roses Valentine Fabric Marie Madeline

Sew Simple Fabric has Botanique by Joel Dewberry!

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Fabric Spot has Simply Sweet from Riley Blake!

simply sweet fabric spot

Sew Modern has Surrounded by Love from Deb Strain!

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Shabby Fabrics has Antique Rose by Lecien

Antique Rose Shabby Fabrics

Canton Village Quilt Works has Rose Garden by Martha Negley

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