Often asked: Video How To Sew Binding On A Quilt?

How To Use Bias Binding: A Full Tutorial + Video

Liz from The Small Circle has a tutorial for using them for quilting, and I’m now a fan of this super-easy-to-follow binding!

From Liz of The Small Circle

Bias binding is one of the most versatile and useful notions in the sewing room; in addition to finishing quilts, it’s also great for facing necklines and armholes, as well as bias bound and Hong Kong seams.

Video Tutorial

Learn the difference between bias binding and straight cut (or quilt) binding, as well as some of the benefits of using bias binding. Attaching strips of bias binding to a quilt. Sewing a curved corner onto a quilt. Using hand stitching or machine embroidery to secure your binding.

How bias binding differs from other binding:

Bias binding differs from quilt binding in that it is cut at a 45-degree angle from the selvedge and has some stretch when tugged on, resulting in a flexible and pliable binding that can fit around curves and odd angles.


Bias binding is a long-lasting way to finish a quilt because the wear and tear is distributed across multiple fibers. Unlike quilt binding, where the warp and weft of the binding run vertically and horizontally, bias binding’s warp and weft run at 45 degrees.

Attaching to front of quilt:

Determine which half of your binding strip is narrower and which half is wider before sewing the binding to the front of your quilt. To sew a curved corner, don’t do anything special; just let it lay naturally on the quilt without any stretch.

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Attaching to Back of Quilt

Refold the binding the way it was folded in the package to attach it to the back of your quilt, and hand-stitch the back in place with several lengths of thread (I use the same thread I used for hand-quilting).

Pre-Made Bias Binding and PROMO CODE

In The Small Circle shop, I have a great selection of pre-made bias binding. For the month of June, use the discount code QUILTCANDY20 to get 20% off all bias binding, which is all handmade with organic cotton and shipped in eco-friendly packaging.

What is the best width for quilt binding?

Quilt binding strips are generally sewn together with a diagonal seam for the most inconspicuous joining. Strip width can vary from 2″ to 2 1/2″ and even wider if you prefer a larger binding than the traditional 1/4″ width.

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 much binding do I need for a full size quilt?

The length of your binding should be the same as the quilt’s perimeter plus 15 to 20 inches.

Do you quilt before or after binding?

Binding a quilt is the final step in the finishing process; however, before you bind, you must first u201cquiltu201d it, which means attaching the front and back of the quilt with batting in between.

Does quilt binding have to be cut on the bias?

If you’re binding a square quilt, straight grain binding, which consists of fabric strips cut cross grain or length-wise grain, will suffice. If you’re binding a quilt with curved edges, however, you’ll want to cut bias strips, as the stretch in the bias makes it easier to maneuver the binding around the curved edges.

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How do you bind fabric edges?

Binding that is wrapped

  1. Cut a 1 1/2-inch-wide strip of fabric.
  2. Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
  3. Press the lengthwise edges toward the center to form two more creases.
  4. Open up the binding.
  5. Wrap the binding along the raw edge, tucking the raw edge beneath.

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.

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