How to bind a quilt with double-fold bindingSee more from Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine
For the neatest of finishes on your patchwork projects, it has to be a double-fold binding. If you’ve never tried this method before, we’ll show you just how to sew binding on a quilt, with step-by-step projects and a starter placemat and coasters project to get you practising your new skills! Let's begin...
Starting and finishing your binding
Here are two ways to start and finish your binding. The traditional method is great for small items, such as mini quilts and coasters, while the seamed method gives you a more uniform finish on longer edges.
- To start off, unfold one end of your binding, trim at a 45-degree angle and press under by ½in along the short edge. Align the unfolded raw edge with your quilt and stitch down 3-5in. Refold the binding and continue stitching at the point where you left off.
- To finish off, trim the end of the binding so it overlaps the beginning folded edge by about 1in. Tuck this end into the folded binding at the start and pin in place. Finish stitching past the raw edge, making sure you sew down both the start and end of the binding.
- Start sewing your binding leaving an unsewn 8in tail. Continue around the quilt, stopping 8in before the start of the binding. Lay one end of binding along the edge of the quilt. Trim the strip at about the halfway point of the unstitched edge, cutting the strip straight.
- Lay the remaining end of binding over the top, and mark where the strips meet. Measure the width of the unfolded binding strip, add this to the length, and trim the strip at this point. So if you are using a 2½in strip, the two binding ends should overlap by 2½in.
- Unfold the two ends and place right sides together, so the pieces are at right angles to one another. Draw a 45-degree diagonal line across one end and sew along the drawn line. Trim the seam to ¼in and finger press open. Refold your binding and finish attaching to the quilt.
“What do I need to bind a quilt?”
Binding clips are a lot easier to use than pins because they easily clip over the multiple layers used in binding.
Ditch Quilting Foot
For machine-finished binding, this foot will help you achieve a flawless finish by hiding your final seam from the front.
For hand-finishing binding, invisible thread is the perfect choice, especially if you’re not confident with your stitches. Otherwise, choose a thread that matches the colour of your binding.
Now try out your new skills
Check out our simple placemat and coaster tutorial to have a play around with the binding methods in this post!