Quell those Quilt Binding Queasies – Fons & Porter

Binding a quilt can be anxiety inducing for quilters — it ends up being stressful when we’d like it to be fun. Well, it’s time. It’s time to make binding a quilt something to look forward to!

Since Fons & Porter loves all things quilting, we have a ton of resources for you, including quilt binding instructions, even for continuous bias binding. We’re here to offer support when you’re wondering how to finish a quilt. Binding is just one of the steps to completing quilting projects, but it’s an important one.

Quilting video tutorials are incredibly helpful for walking us through techniques. But, it’s not always easy to keep all the steps in mind when you’re staring at your cutting mat. That’s where written instructions come in handy! Here are instructions on how to bind a quilt, preparing and attaching binding and finishing the quilt back:

Preparing Binding

  1. Measure the perimeter of your quilt and add approximately 24″ to allow for mitered corners and finished ends.
  2. Cut the number of strips necessary to achieve desired length. We like to cut binding strips 2¼” wide.
  3. Join your strips with diagonal seams into 1 continuous piece. Press the seams open.
  4. Press your binding in half lengthwise, with wrong sides facing, to make French-fold binding.
Texas Two Step
Texas Two Step

For complete instructions, including accompanying images, get the free PDF download for Sew Easy: Quilt Binding.

There are many more instructional videos on our Sew Easy Lessons page if you’re looking for further instruction on binding and other quilting techniques. A quick insider’s tip: the Fons & Porter Binding Tool is extremely useful! You’ll want to take a peek at that one.

Try out your new skills on a fun and rewarding project. Texas Two Step, by Liz Porter and members of Match-A-Patch Bee, is a fun one. And, it’s fat quarter friendly, which is always a plus!

If you take the binding challenge, let us know how you do in the comments below. Let’s share our quilting experiences with one another and take advantage of this quilting community, right at our fingertips!

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter
Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor

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