How to Bind a Quilt Step 2 of 4: Sewing the Binding to the Quilt

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Sew double-fold straight grain binding to your quilt for a classic finish. Sherri Bain Driver shares helpful tips and techniques, including mitering binding corners and joining binding ends.


Step-by-Step Instructions

Sewing the Binding to the Quilt

Diagram II

Using 45° line on ruler, trim beginning tail of binding at 45° angle (Diagram II).

Diagram III

Fold binding in half, wrong sides together, and press. Beginning in the middle of one side of the quilt and leaving a 6˝ tail loose, align raw edges of binding with trimmed quilt edge (Diagram III).  Pin in place if needed.

Diagram IV

Using a walking foot or even-feed foot, stitch binding to quilt edge, using 1/4˝ seam allowance. Stop 1/4˝ from corner and backstitch (Diagram IV).

Diagram V

Remove quilt from machine and turn it 90°. Fold binding up, forming a 45°-angle (Diagram V).

Diagram VI

Fold binding back down over itself, aligning fold with cut edge of quilt sandwich. Beginning 1/4˝ from edge (the same point at which you stopped stitching the first side), stitch next side (Diagram VI), backstitching at beginning and end of seam. Repeat for remaining sides and corners.


Ready to take the next steps?

Learn as you watch all of the videos in this quilt binding series:

Quilt Binding 1 of 4: Joining the Strips
Quilt Binding 2 of 4: Sewing Binding to the Quilt – this video
Quilt Binding 3 of 4: Joining the Ends

Quilt Binding 4 of 4: Turning and Hand Stitching


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