A quilt that you have worked hard to construct will deserve a lovely binding. Discover now how simple it is to bind a quilt.
The quilt is finished by binding it. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. By doing this, the front and back are attached, with batting in the middle. In order to protect the quilt’s exterior raw edges from deterioration over time, binding entails sewing a strip of fabric around the project.
There are many different approaches to binding a quilt, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. You can learn how to bind a quilt if you read this article.
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How to Bind a Quilt by Machine?
With this technique, you can machine-stitch the binding to a quilt as well as secure it in place.
After sewing the binding strips together, press the binding by folding it in half lengthwise. To keep it out of your way while sewing, roll the binding up.
- Sew the binding to the quilt top on the BACK of the quilt, starting at the bottom. Use a ¼” seam allowance. Leave about 8″ of binding unstitched as you begin. In my photographs, I’m using a dual-feed foot, but you can also use a walking foot for this step.
- Until you reach a corner, sew the binding. When you are about ¼” away from the corner, put your needle down and rotate the quilt under the needle. In the direction of the quilt’s corner, stitch a brief diagonal line. Cut thread.
- Flip the binding straight up so that it forms a 90-degree angle with the binding you just stitched down. Rotate the quilt 90 degrees.
- Fold the binding to be flush with the unstitched area of the quilt top.
- Beginning at the top edge, continue sewing until you reach your next corner, then repeat.
- Fold the binding over the raw edge of the quilt after turning it right side up. Binding clips should be used to secure it. I typically only clip the small section I am currently working on.
- Set up your machine with the walking foot that has an edgestitch sole. Set the right and left needle positions so that the needle pierces the fabric and catches the folded edge of the binding. The “edge” portion of the machine foot should be flush up against the binding fold.
- Keep the edge foot in place as you sew and start sewing.
- When you reach a corner, fold it over and secure it with a seam ripper before you begin sewing. Turn the quilt 90 degrees after sewing up into the corner, put the needle down, and continue sewing.
- A seam ripper can be used to hold a corner in place as you sew by folding it over as you reach a corner. Turn the quilt 90 degrees after sewing up into the corner, put the needle down, and continue sewing.
- When you reach a corner, fold it over and secure it with a seam ripper before you begin sewing. Place the needle down, turn the quilt 90 degrees, and continue sewing up into the corner. Continue binding your quilt until it is finished.
- If your binding proves to be uncooperative, fold it over toward the quilt’s right side. To secure it, use an iron. Press the binding away from the quilt back by placing the quilt on an ironing board backing side up.
This video explains how to bind a quilt:
How to Bind a Quilt With Hand Stitching?
You should hand stitch the binding if you spent a lot of time piecing together a quilt with lovely patchwork designs. This eliminates the chance of any clumsy stitching by using an invisible method to finish the edges.
- Make use of a whip stitch or an invisible slip stitch. Press the binding so that it barely reaches the stitching line. The bright red contrast I used on my sample will not be used; instead, you will use a thread of a complementary color.
- Stitch through the binding’s fold with a long stitch. Place the needle just above the stitching in the quilt after pulling it through. Only the top layer should be penetrated by this very tiny stitch.
Conclusion: Bind a Quilt
Congratulations, you’ve now mastered the art of quilt binding! Experimenting with various borders, corners, and other finishing techniques will help you keep giving your quilts the ideal finishing touch!
Possibly a family heirloom, this quilt. Every quilt has a story to tell, just like every picture does. Stitched together, fabrics from garments worn on various occasions create a work of fabric art that can be cherished.
What is the Easiest Way to Bind a Quilt?
Straight-of-grain binding is the easiest to make. Making bias binding is preferable for quilts with curved edges. Although continuous binding can be hand-stitched to the back and machine-stitched to the front of the quilt, I prefer to sew it directly to the back of the quilt.
What Comes First Quilting Or Binding?
Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This refers to sandwiching batting between the front and back before sewing them together.
Do You Sew the Edges of a Quilt before Binding?
That’s enough to secure the edges so they don’t shift while the binding gets stitched on. You can see a basting stitch encircling the quilt’s edge in the table runner below that was quilted on a long arm.