Quilt Binding: Part 3 – Hand Binding
Hand-stitched quilt binding is probably my favorite method of quilt binding. I shared the methods I use in Quilt Binding Parts 1 and 2, and now in Part 3, I’ll show you how to stitch your sewing binding on by hand.
Quilt Binding with Hand Sewing
My grandmother taught me how to sew the binding on a quilt by hand, and it’s still my favorite method. If you choose to sew your binding on by hand, you’ll sew the first side down on the machine, then flip it over and sew it by hand.
Basic Quilt Binding Steps:
How to sew your binding on by machine or by hand, and whether you prefer small invisible stitches or large bold stitches. How to prepare your quilt and your binding, and how to do each of these steps step-by-step.
Hand Sewn Binding Option 1 – Small Invisible Stitches
Use a slip stitch to create small invisible stitches along the back securing the binding in place. Glide your needle through the backing about an 1/8u2033 u2013 1/4u2033 away from your current stitch using a thin, yet strong, thread in a color that blends in well with the backing fabric.
Hand Sewn Binding Option 2 – Big Bulky Stitches
The ideal thread for hand sewing big bulky stitches in your binding is cotton 8 or 12 weight in a contrasting color from your binding. Use a needle with an eye large enough to thread easily but not so large that it makes it difficult to glide through the layers of fabric.
What is the best width for quilt binding?
If the quilt has no borders, a binding sewn to the edges with a 1/4″ seam is the best option, because that width matches the 1/4″ seam allowance built into the edge of most quilt blocks. Sewing with a wider seam will cut off important design elements.
What thread do you use to bind a quilt?
A cotton 8 or 12 weight thread in a contrasting color from your binding is ideal for hand quilting your binding, so it stands out! I also recommend using a needle with a large enough eye to thread easily but not so large that it makes it difficult to glide through the layers of fabric.
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.
What is a ladder stitch in quilting?
The ladder stitch is used to conceal stitches on the backside (or inside) of the project, as well as the traveling thread, by going back into the fabric directly across from the thread on the other side of the project and taking another stitch in the fold on that side.
How do you blind stitch an applique?
How to Make an Applique Stitch or Blind Stitch
- Make a quilter’s knot with a piece of matching thread about 18″ long.
- Pinch the wrapped threads against the needle with your left thumb.
- To begin the blind stitch, bring the needle up from behind your applique, binding, or hanging sleeve, between it and the quilt.
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.
Should thread match binding or backing?
Before you begin, make sure you have a good cotton thread that matches the binding, not the quilt’s backing. If the thread matches both, that’s great, but it’s more important that it matches the binding.