Creating Quilt Binding

One of the first things I do when starting a new quilt is create the binding!  After all of the work of cutting out your pieces, sewing, pressing, basting, and quilting - all I want to do is FINISH!  If after all of that, I have to step back and do more cutting, pressing, and stitching of the binding pieces together, I get a little sad.  By having your binding ready to go - you can keep the quilt train moving! 


To me putting the binding on is like framing the beautiful family photo you had blown up - versus using a magnet and putting it on the fridge.  It's really the "finishing touch" that brings it all together.  Also, finishing the binding by hand is my way of coming to terms with saying goodbye to a labor of love - especially when the quilt is not something I am going to keep for myself.


This tutorial uses two fat quarters to create binding.  You can use two fat quarters, or a full half yard of fabric, which will create enough binding for a crib quilt.  For information on fabric requirements for different size quilts, click here.

Step 1: Cut the Fabric

For this tutorial I am cutting my strips 2.5 inches wide by width of fabric.

Step 2: Press Fabric

Taking each strip, fold it in half, and press the seam.

Step 3: Attach Strips End to End

Place one strip right sides together (RST) with another, at a 90 degree angle.  Use the two pressed lines to help create the angle.  Place the strips at the "top left" under the machine, at a 45 degree angle.  Sew the two strips from the top left corner, to the bottom right, at a 45 degree angle.  Repeat for all strips of fabric

Step 4: Trim Excess and Press

Trim the excess down to approximately 1/4 of an inch.  Press this open, and then re-fold the fabric strip and press down the middle.

Step 4: Store your Binding

In order to preserve my crisp seams that I just spent all that time creating, I take a piece of scrap cardboard or cardstock and wrap my binding around it until I'm ready to sew it on!