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How to Bind: Prep Your Binding and Sew It On with Two Methods

Continuous binding with no bulk is easy to do. Learn how and you'll never have lumpy binding again!

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Sewing on Continuous Binding with Mitered Corners

The instructions that follow can be used to attach single-fold or double-fold binding.

Binding is generally attached to a quilt with a generous 1⁄4" or 3⁄8" seam allowance. This leaves between 1⁄4" and 3⁄8" of binding showing on the quilt front, and the balance of the binding is turned to the quilt back. If you prefer a narrower or wider binding to show on the quilt front, adjust the width of your seam allowance to equal the binding width that you want to show on the quilt front. (See more about cutting binding here.)

The photographs that follow show double-fold binding. If you use single-fold binding, the raw binding edge (the edge not turned under) is the one to align with the edge of the quilt.

 

1. Beginning in the center of the bottom edge, place the binding strip against the right side of the quilt top, starting with the folded end and aligning the binding strip’s raw edges with the quilt top’s raw edge.

2. Starting 2" from the folded end, sew through all the layers. End your stitching line before you reach the corner at a distance equal to the width of the seam allowance. For example, if you are sewing with a 1⁄4" seam allowance, you would stop sewing 1⁄4" from the corner. Backstitch, then clip the threads. Remove the quilt from beneath the sewing machine presser foot.

3. Fold the binding strip upward, creating a diagonal fold, and finger-press.

4. Holding the diagonal fold in place with your index finger, bring the binding strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the first raw edge of the quilt.

5. Begin sewing again at the top of the horizontal fold, stitching through all layers.

6. Sew around the quilt, turning each corner in the same manner. When you return to the starting point, lap the raw end of the binding strip inside the folded end.

7. Finish sewing to the starting point. Backstitch to secure. (See a video of how to bind here.)

8. Turn the binding over the edge of the quilt to the back. Hand-stitch the binding to the backing fabric, making sure to cover the binding stitching line. Hand-stitch the folded edge of the binding down where the binding strips meet. (See a video of hand-stitching the binding here.)

9. Fold a miter in each corner as you reach it. Take a stitch or two in each fold to secure it.

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