How To Bind A Quilt: A Beginners’ Guide To Binding a Quilt

How To Bind A Quilt: A Beginners’ Guide To Binding a Quilt
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SHARE - Quilting is so much fun after you've mastered all of the best techniques for completing all of the steps in how to bind a quilt. There are often more ways to do anything than one way on how to bind a quilt, as all quilters know.

Binding a quilt is also known as quilt edging, but whatever you call it, Tripboba is here to show you how to bind a quilt in just a few simple measures. So, keep reading to see our collection of easy-to-follow tutorials on how to bind a quilt!

How To Bind A Quilt Missouri Star

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Step 1: Select a fabric for the binding. The binding on your quilt can be crafted to stand out or blend in with the pattern. When you choose your fabrics, picture how you want your finished quilt to look.

Step 2: Calculate the area. The amount of fabric you'll need depends on the size of your quilt and how prominent you want the binding to be.

Step 3: Cut your binding fabric into strips of the width you like. For larger projects, you might find a rotary cutter useful. Fabric scissors will work as well.

Step 4: Sew the pieces together using the method below until you have a binding strip long enough to trace the quilt's perimeter:

  • Make an inverted "L" shape by laying two strips at a right angle with the ends overlapping. Use a straight pin to secure the strips at the outer corner.
  • Stitch a diagonal line around the intersection of the two strips. Pull the top strip down to form a straight line between the two strips. Trim the extra fabric triangle on the seam's outside, leaving a 14" seam allowance.
  • Continue assembling strips in this manner until you have a single long strip.
  • Iron your binding strip straight and smooth until it's long enough. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and iron it again to make a crease down the middle.

Step 5: Get the quilt ready for binding. Once you've done quilting, use your sewing machine to thread a straight line across the quilt's entire circumference, 1/8" from the edge. During the binding process, the layers of the quilt will remain flat and in place.

Step 6: Sew the binding in place. Align the raw edges of the binding strip with the quilt's raw edge. The inside of the quilt top should have the folded portion of the binding strip. Sew about three inches from the corner, leaving an unsewn "tail" to tuck into the binding later.

Step 7: Sew the first corner together. Start by folding the binding's long tail up so that it runs parallel to the next side of the quilt you'll tie. The strip's lower edge will form a 45-degree angle.

Step 8: Sew the edges and corners together. Continue to stitch the binding around the quilt's edge with the same seam allowance as the previous edge. Stop stitching the same distance from the edge as your seam allowance as you reach each corner. Continue stitching along the last edge after metering the corner.

Step 9: Sew the first side together. Trim the tail when you hit the point where you started binding the quilt, leaving only enough fabric to overlap the starting point by four inches. Fold the fabric in half on a diagonal and tuck the other tail into the binding's beginning.

Step 10: Flip the quilt over and tie the opposite hand. Fold the binding strip to the same measurement as the seam allowance when you flip the quilt over. Fold the binding strip over the edge 14” if you used a 14” seam allowance. Start stitching along the quilt's edge with your walking foot.

How To Bind A Quilt By Machine

How To Bind A Quilt By Machine
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Step 1: Cut the fabric for your binding. To figure out how much fabric you need for your binding, you need to measure your quilt's perimeter (all four sides). Fold your fabric in half widthwise, and make sure your edge is straight. Now line up your ruler to your desired width and cut — but be sure not to let the ruler slip. If you are using scissors, mark the line on the fabric first with your water-soluble marker, then cut. Cut your required amount of strips.

Step 2: Sew strips together and iron. Take two of your strips, and lay one horizontally, right side up. Now take the other strip and lay it vertically-right side down on top of the other strip. Your right sides will be facing each other. Line up your edges so they are square.

Use your ruler as a straight edge, lining up the bottom left corner with the top right corner. Draw a line along that edge with your water-soluble marker. Stitch along that line and trim down to ¼” seam. Repeat this step until all your strips are sewn together.

Step 3: Attaching the binding to the top of the quilt. Take the end with the folded edge and line up the raw edge of your binding with the raw edge of your quilt. You can start about halfway down one of the sides of the quilt to make sure you have plenty of room to work with your corners.

Step 4: Keep your binding held taute, so you don’t get any bumps or puckers in the binding. When you start getting close to a corner, start slowing down.

How To Bind A Quilt With Bias Tape

How To Bind A Quilt With Bias Tape
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Below are some easy-to-follow steps for making continuous bias binding tape from a square of fabric.

Step 1: Use your fabric marker to make a few small dots on the wrong side of opposite corners, one on two sides and two on the other. This will aid us in aligning the correct edges later. Draw a line from one corner to the other around the diagonal, then cut down this line to create two triangles.

Step 2: Align the sides of the triangles with the single dot and position them right sides together. Sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Step 3: Open the seam and press it flat. You now have a parallelogram, which is a nice form.

Step 4: Draw straight lines across the cloth, starting at one of the long edges. I'm making double-fold 1/2-inch finished tape, so my lines are 2 inches deep. 2 inches folded twice equals 1/2 inch. You'll almost certainly have some extra fabric at the top that won't make a complete row. That's fine.

Step 5: Now comes the challenging part. It's time to sew the two dots we marked earlier together on the sides. BUT – they don't match up perfectly. You'll end up with rings of fabric instead of a long strip if you sew them together evenly.

Step 6: Because we're going to sew with a 1/4 inch seam this time, I used a pin to line up the FIRST line at 1/4 inch from the raw edge. Then, 1/4 inch in from the raw edge, I stuck the same pin through the SECOND line on the other edge of the cloth. I was able to pin all the way along until these were balanced.

Step 7: With a spare piece of fabric hanging off either end, it'll look a little strange at first, but it'll all work out in the end, so stick with it. Sew a 1/4-inch seam between these two sides, then push the seam open.

Step 8: Now it's time to start cutting. Begin cutting along one edge of the paper, following the line you traced earlier. As you continue to cut, you'll notice that you don't reach the fabric's edge; instead, you just keep cutting in one long spiral until you reach the other side of the fabric and have cut a large 2-inch wide strip. There's no fiddly stitching of little bits together, just magic.


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