Learn How to Bind Quilts in 6 Easy Steps!
I enjoy making every part of a quilt, so I decided to share my favorite method for binding quilts: continuous-length, double-fold, straight-of-grain binding. It’s a mouthful, but it’s how I finish all of my quilts!
Step 1: Calculate and cut your binding strips
Multiply the perimeter of your quilt by 2, then add an extra 10u2033 to account for seams and corners. Finally, divide this measurement by 40 to get the number of strips you’ll need to cut, assuming you have 40u2033 of usable fabric.
Step 2: Sew the binding into a continuous length
Sewing mitered seams helps distribute the bulk of the fabric; if you’re using solid fabric, keeping track of which side is the “right” side will be a little more difficult. Trim the beginning edge of your binding at a 45-degree angle.
Step 5: Secure with clips
I use Wonder Clips to secure the binding to the back of a quilt before hand-stitching it down; 100 clips will go all the way around a throw-sized quilt. Pins or hair clips will also work.
Step 6: Hand-stitch the binding on back
Thread several needles with the same thread you used for the binding, clipping off about 18u2033 of thread at a time. Double your thread for extra strength and durability. Use a thimble to help push the needle through the fabric when needed.
What needle do you use to bind a quilt?
Begin with a size 9 needle and progress to smaller needles as you gain experience with hand quilting.
How do you finish a quilt without binding?
Place the top on the batting so that all of the edges are even.
- Place quilt top on batting.
- Place backing on top of quilt top right sides together.
- Pin layers together so they don’t shift when sewing edges.
Does quilt binding have to be on the bias?
Bias binding may appear to use a lot of fabric (which isn’t entirely true), but it’s still necessary for tighter curves to achieve a smooth finish. Quilt Binding on the Lengthwise Grain. Lengthwise binding is cut on the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvage) of your fabric.
How do you bind a 1/2 inch quilt?
Cut fabric strips four times wider than the finished binding width (for example, if you want a 1 / 2 inch wide finished binding, cut strips that are 2 inches wide (1 / 2 inch x 4 = 2 ). Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together (see a in the following figure).
Do I quilt or bind first?
Binding a quilt is the final step in the finishing process; however, before you bind, you must first u201c quilt u201d your quilt, which means attaching the front and back with batting in between.
How do you bind fabric edges?
Binding that is wrapped
- Cut a 1 1/2-inch-wide strip of fabric.
- Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
- Press the lengthwise edges toward the center to form two more creases.
- Open up the binding.
- Wrap the binding along the raw edge, tucking the raw edge beneath.
How do you blind stitch a quilt binding by hand?
How to Sew a Stitch That Isn’t Visible
- Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end.
- Put your needle through ONE LAYER of your fabric.
- Sew your needle through one layer of your quilt.
- Pull your needle through the quilt and return to the binding.
What are the sharpest sewing needles?
Sharps are the most commonly used hand sewing needles and are also very sharp! If you only buy one type of needle, make it Sharps. Sharps are medium length needles and the most commonly used hand sewing needles.
How long does it take to hand stitch a quilt?
A quilter’s task can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks of hand stitching to complete. The final step is to attach the binding edge, which is done entirely by hand and can take up to a week to complete.