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Binding a Quilt

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Up close photo of quilt binding.
One of the finishing steps when making a quilt it to bind the edges. This thin strip of fabric can be difficult to sew. This is a guide about binding a quilt.
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March 3, 2009

How to sew binding on a baby quilt (it could be a big quilt also) without having to bother with doing mitered corners. Mitered corners are hard to get just exactly right and if you are a perfectionist and want it to look just so, then you should try this method.
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Directions:

  1. Using a dinner plate trace around it at the corner. Cut the excess fabric off forming a rounded corner of the front fabric only. You can cut off the excess of the back after the binding has been machine stitched around.
  2. Have your binding all made and pressed. I always fold mine and use it doubled. Sew the edge of binding onto the quilt and ease around the rounded corners using slow speed on sewing machine, guiding the fabric as you go with your hands. Remember you are sewing the binding on the front of the quilt. Cut off excess batting and fabric at the corners and around the quilt evenly.
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  4. Clip the fabric around the curve to keep it from forming folds and wrinkles when you fold it over to the back to hand stitch. This will make it lie real flat. Be careful not to cut into the stitching line of your sewing.
  5. Fold the binding in half unto the back of the quilt and hand stitch around using very small invisible stitches. Always check the front to be sure your stitches do not go through and show on the other side. Use matching thread. Do not pull too tight. When you get to the end where you started to sew it on, hide stitches underneath. Tie a knot in the thread and tuck under the hand stitching.
  6. Press the binding and you are finished. I always tie my layers together before I sew the binding on.

I love this method. I can do the mitered corners, but since I have discovered this method I never do mitered. I'll never go back. It doesn't affect how the quilt looks at all in my opinion.

Thanks.
Donna

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

I need instructions on putting a finished edging on a quilt.

By Ada from Plano, TX

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April 25, 20100 found this helpful

Search on youtube.com you just might find an instructional tutorial.

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May 5, 20100 found this helpful

The use of packaged binding is probably the easiest way to go. The folds ironed into the binding help guide your sewing - first on the machine and then in folding it over the quilt to finish by hand.

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I also agree that you should be able to find a video tutorial to see it.

Good luck.

Binding is my favorite part!

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January 23, 20150 found this helpful

Can you help please? I have no problem binding quilts with mitred corners, but I am now trying to bind around a rectangular hole that I have made into a quilt (I am making a cover for my sewing machine and am making the opening on the top for the handle to come through). Because I am binding around the inside rather than the outside of the fabric (if you see what I mean) I can't work the mitred corners. Any suggestions please?

By Jane from England

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January 26, 20150 found this helpful

Use the term 'bound buttonhole' for an online search because it will return several good, illustrated step-by-step photos and diagrams to walk you through the best way to accomplish what you're hoping to do.

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Yes, it's true 'bound buttonhole' doesn't sound as though it's the answer to your question - but it is:) The principal of the bound buttonhole can easily be applied to your 'handle hole' issue. Once you see the photos and diagrams you'll know what I mean.

Lol, bound buttonhole technique is SO useful you'll find yourself thinking of all sorts of places to use the technique. I hope you'll post a snap of your finished quilt!

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