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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

All The Ways to Bind A Quilt

 Bot Troubles Over-Finishing my Post :)

I was responsible recently to do a presentation at the Black Swamp Quilt Guild.  The topic was Creative Borders, Creative Sashing, Mitered Corners and Binding.  My part of the presentation was binding.
All Quilts Shown in this post were made by Mary Jane Ehlich, my very dear friend, teacher and mentor.

Binding, why does it trouble people so?  I've heard many folks say that they hate binding....and for the life of me I don't know why......for me, that is the easiest part.  I love, love, love every stitch that I put in by hand because it is my way of saying goodbye to the is the finishing...the end.

(Ok, sometimes ya just have to bow down to the tech gods and feed them mega bites of something!  All I'm trying to do is upload a photo from my phone so I can finish this post....nope...the IPhone camera isn't working like it always has.  Sometimes the universe it is now)

Hand pieced and quilted by Mary Jane Ehlich

May 2014 Black Swamp Quilt Guild
Binding Tips, Ideas and Tutorials
Compiled by Kelly Jackson, I Have A Notion, Inc. (
Cutting Biased Binding Resources
Kelly’s note: I cut my binding 2 ½ “ wide and I always cut my fabric on the bias for quilts.  Below you will find some helpful resources that include a variety of ways to cut your fabric on the bias.  Note some people prefer to cut their fabric 2 ¼” and for smaller quilts they may cut their binding even smaller.
Below you will find a variety of tutorials and information about binding traditional quilts as well as art quilts.
Bernina Sewing Studio Video Tutorial

Demonstrates folding fabric prior to cutting bias binding

Video Tutorial: McCalls Quilting

Title: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making, Attaching
This site also links to several interesting tutorials for projects.

Julie Herman, Jay Bird Quilts, has several excellent tutorials on her blog for a variety of binding techniques.  Her book, Skip the Borders, is also an excellent resource on the subject of binding quilts.
“Julie reveals in Skip the Borders, bindings matter. Bindings impact the look of your quilt, yes. But even more importantly—at least to me, who owns quilts that are now 15 years old—the wrong kind of binding can wear out long before your quilt is ready to do the same.”

Sewing Bias Binding to a Traditional Quilt
Note: There are a variety of ways to attach the binding to a quilt.  This is not a complete list just a reference:
 Machine stitch the binding to the front of the quilt and turn the binding to the back and hand stitch the binding down.
Machine stitch the entire binding to a quilt, using a straight stitch or using a wave stitch (Bernina stitch #4) to catch both front and back of binding.

Tutorial demonstrating sewing the binding to your quilt:

Machine Stitched Binding

Fast Machine Quilt Binding 101

No Pins, No hand Sewing Binding

You Tube: How to Hand Bind a Quilt featuring the Binding Tool

Mitered Corner Binding

You Tube Video Tutorial: How to Bind A Quilt With Mitered Corners and an Invisible Join

Non-Traditional Ways to Bind A Quilt
Prairie Points, Ruffles, Ric Rac, Pillowcase Method, and Ribbons
These can be cute on baby quilts.

Scalloped Edge Binding
NOTE: With Janet's Quick Points Rulers you can make prairie point borders and bindings

“Lady Eleanor Burns”

Binding Inside Corners Tutorial

A Quilters Table has a variety of great resources:
Straight Matched Binding
Pieced Striped Binding
Angled Matching Binding

Piped Binding
Kelly: A few notions that I know about for making quick piping
·       PipingHot Binding by Susan Cleveland
·       Grande Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool by Susan Cleveland
·       SimplyE-Z Piping Wizard by Linda McGehee
·       DeluxeBias & Piping Machine by Simplicity

Video Tutorial Piped Binding

Faux Piped Binding

Faux Piped Binding Tutorial by Trisha Chubbs PDF

Magic Binding aka faux piped binding

Faced Binding
Elizabeth's Faced Binding - a 2013 FAL Tutorial

Susan Brubaker Knapp Non Mitered Facing for Quilts

French Binding

Art Quilts

Quilting Arts Magazine 12 Quilt Binding Methods
PDF: "How To Bind A Quilt: 12 New Quilt Binding and Finishing Methods for Your Art Quilts"
I'm so very proud to be among Mary Jane's friends and the only purpose for adding these photos to this post was for pleasure.  I hope you have enjoyed.

Kelly’s note: Some notions that I know about that assist in making and joining quilt binding.  **indicates tools I own and have used successfully
**Bias Ruler by Susan Brown
**Cut Rite Bind Up Tool by Quilter's Paradise
Fons and Porter Binding Tool
Binding Thingy Tool by Deborah Manlove
Zip Bind System by Martelli Enterprises
Instructions for Cutting Bias Binding- Instruction Sheet from Q Snap Corporation
**Bias Tape Maker Machine by Simplicity
Bias Bender Adjustable Presser Foot by Euro Notions
**Creative Feet by Clare Rowley
You Tube Videos using Creative Feet

One of the best books you can buy for yourself or a will tell you everything you need to know guaranteed!!!

Kelly’s Note: If you have any suggestions to add to this list, please e-mail me at

I hope you have enjoyed this page, please refer to it as often as you like and bookmarking it will assure you know where to come back to for all the latest and best binding tips, tutorials, and tools.



  1. I love to bind! Hand bind! Its the magic that makes the quilt a quilt! I on the other hand am uncomfortable quilting. I struggle with that.

  2. Everyone has their bugaboo. For some it's binding, machine quilting or like me -- sandwiching. Although I'm beginning to find peace with that part.

    There are so many ways to bind a quilt that it's difficult to choose just one method.

  3. Glad this finally came up... online. You have a very comprehensive list of 'binding HOW Tos' and tools.

  4. For me I find binding to be the most intimate part of the whole quilting process! I love it! Ya know I machine bound 3 quilt and they are my least favorite! I love to hand bind!!!

  5. Holy Cow, Kelly! This is the most comprehensive listing of binding-how-to's that I've ever seen! Thanks so much for putting all this together, it must have taken forever to collect all this info!


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