How to Bind a Quilt
Once you have completed a quilt, a neat fabric binding will hold the edges together. Although it takes a little time and practice to learn to sew and attach the binding, it is an important step for the overall stability of your quilt. A binding can also add an unexpected contrast to the rest of the quilt, depending on the fabric you choose.
Things You'll Need
- Fabric that complements your quilt top
- Rotary cutter
- Ironing board
- Spray starch
- Sewing machine
- Thread matching quilt top
- Thread matching quilt back
- Sewing needle
Prepare the Strips
Cut 2.5-inch binding strips across the full width of the fabric.
Sew the strips together, end to end by placing the ends of two strips at a 90-degree angle to each other, sewing diagonally across and trimming off the ends. You will at least 12 inches more length of binding than the perimeter of your entire quilt.
Fold the starting end of the strip at a 45-degree angle. With the right side facing out, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press. Spray with starch and press again to give your binding stability.
Pin the strip to the quilt. Lay the binding strip on the top of the quilt with the right sides together and the raw edges even.
Attach the Strips to the Quilt Top
Begin sewing 3 inches from the beginning of the binding strip. Continue stitching the binding to the quilt. Sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Stitch to within a quarter inch of the first corner. Stop and backstitch before removing the quilt from the sewing machine.
Lay the corner on a flat surface and fold the binding strip away from you, forming a 90 degree angle with the quilt top. Fold the strip back toward you, making sure the raw edge of the strip is even with the raw edge of the quilt top. Continue sewing until you are 1/4 inch from the next corner.
Sew until you reach the next corner and then repeat the same process. Continue sewing and stitching around corners until you reach the starting point again. Remove the quilt from the sewing machine.
Slip the end of the binding strip into the starting end. Trim any excess length if necessary. Stitch the final section of binding to the quilt.
Complete the Binding
Turn the binding strip up and over the edge of the quilt to the back. Fold the binding at the corners to form neat miters.
Pin the binding to the back of the quilt.
Hand stitch the back of the binding to the back of the quilt using small slipstitches.