How to Bind a Quilt – Part 1

by Kim on March 11, 2009

Can you believe it?! You are SO CLOSE to finishing your “Making-It-Up-As-I-Go-Along” Quilt!!  Tonight I will show you PART 1 to finishing off your quilt.  While there are many ways to do this, I want to show you a favorite method I use.  Plus, I was able to use up more of my fabric scraps, so that alone was a plus! 

Step 1:  Prepare your quilt for the binding by trimming away the excess batting and back layer.  Some people choose to do this later, and that is ok.  I like to do it beforehand.

Step 2:  Grab those fabric scraps and cut them 3 inches wide by any length you would like.  We are going to sew these strips together to make one, long continuous binding strip.  The end length of your strip needs to be approximately 10 or so inches longer than the outside perimeter of your quilt. (*Note: I am using a 3″ wide strip, but you can use even a 1.75″ wide and up depending on the look you want in the end.)

Step 3:  To sew strips together, place the right side of one strip, perpendicular to the right side of another strip.

Step 4:  Sew across the strip at a 45 degree angle.

Step 5:  Trim the excess fabric.

Step 6:  Press seam open.

Step 7:  Continue adding length to this strip until you reach approximately 10 inches beyond the perimeter measurement of your quilt.

Step 8:  Fold the strip in half, with wrong sides together.  Press with hot iron.

OK, you’re done with making your binding strip! I told you we’d take this in baby steps, so we’ll do that till the end.  But the end of this quilt will come sooner than you think, so go make those strips and come back to the blog because we’ll finish this quilt off by the weekend!

Have fun!


1 Juanita 03.12.09 at 9:16 am

Kim, I have seen this described in books, magazines, TV shows, and videos and this is the FIRST time it made sense! Keep up the excellent work.

2 Kim @ YouCanMakeThis 03.12.09 at 11:04 pm

Thank you Juanita! Your comment really made my day! I appreciate that.

Have a nice weekend!

3 lisa Heizenrader 03.16.09 at 11:26 am

I can’t remember or find what kind of thread do we use in the bobbin I have just started the quilting processes all pined and ready to go. Thanks Lisa

4 Jan 03.22.09 at 9:15 am

How do you bind a irregular edged quilt ? For example: a window valence that has 3 half triangle hanging down ( VVV ), how do you bind the 2 concave V edges (assume they are at right angles) ? ( V 1 V 2 V )

5 Sharon Boughner 03.25.09 at 5:16 am

Wow!! You made this so simple and easy. I have been struggling with bindings and I think with your help, I can do this.

6 Kathy 03.25.09 at 10:13 am

I have made four quilts based on your directions. Get fun to see the outcome with different colors and even with my scraps! Now if there was a tutoral about how to do some of the computer things you suggest, I’d be in good shape. I would even email pictures of these quilts if I knew how to do that. I guess I’m half way there.

7 Joyce 03.26.09 at 10:28 am

Help! Did I lose a step? I went from Part 10: Adding your boarders to How to Bind a quilt. Where is the quilting step?

8 betsyk 03.27.09 at 9:43 am

What a great idea to use the fabric scraps! A “scrappy” binding!

9 cathy parker 04.02.09 at 1:22 pm

I thought quilting was boaring until I had to make one for a friend. It was simple but I kink of liked it so I started another one and another until I couldn’t stop the thrill of a quilt. I am making my daughter a SUDUDO quilt. What fun I am having. It also seems like I learn something new with each one. That is why I enjoyed your help with the binding. There is always something to learn and grow. I think that is the most fun of quilting/ sewing. Quilting my way, Cathy Parker.

10 KrisBelucci 06.02.09 at 1:28 am

da best. Keep it going! Thank you

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