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Make Your Own Binding

This page contains 4 of our favorite binding tutorials and guides.  From creating your straight grain binding to the machine application of the binding — we find these tutorials to be the most helpful.

The bottom of the page also contains a link to our Amazon store where you can purchase many of the tools and supplies for creating your own binding.

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HOW TO: Making your own Straight-of-grain or “standard” binding:

1. To figure how much binding to make, find the perimeter measurement of your quilt:

a.Measure the width ________ + length _________ = ________
b.Multiply the above total x 2 ___________. That is the perimeter.
Example: If your quilt is 60″x80″, the perimeter is 60”+80”=140” 140” x 2 = 280” total perimeter.

2. Add an extra 15 inches to the perimeter measurement for seaming and turning corners.
Example: 280”+15”= 295” total of binding needed.

3. Divide total length of binding needed by length of strips you will be cutting and round up to the next whole number.
(Example: if you need 295″ total and are cutting 45″ strips from the width of the fabric, you will need 295 / 45 = 6.555 strips. Round up and cut 7 strips.

4. Cut strips. (Strips may be cut widthwise or lengthwise with the grain but you MUST cut bias strips if appling binding to a curved edge.)
(For approximately 3/8″ wide finilshed binding, cut strips 2 1/2″ wide.)

5. Sew strips together with seam on a 45 degree angle. (Using an angled seam distributes the seam’s bulkiness for a smoother finished binding.)

6. Press seams open.

7. Press binding longways with wrong sides together so the finished product is half the cut width (or 1 1/4″ wide with cut edges together and a fold on the other side.)

8. To keep binding neat until it is ready to be used either Fan fold and pin through all layers, wrap around a piece of cardboard and pin the end in place or make jellyroll and pin the end.

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HOW TO: Basic Binding

Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt company – “The Ultimate Quilt Binding Tutorial”

Subjects covered

  • How to make your own straight-of-grain binding, bias seams to join binding strips.
  • Sewing binding to the quilt including the folded mitre corners, Joining the beginning and end of binding.
  • Threading needle and how to knot, Hand stitching binding to the back, how to fold and sew the corners by hand.

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HOW TO: The “Perfect” Binding and Hand-stitched Finishing

“Binding the Angel quilt”
Binding for the detail-oriented person or the Advanced Quilter.
In this video tutorial, Sharon Schamber walks you through the process of applying the perfect binding to your quilt including the Hand-stitched finish.

Subjects covered:

  • What quilt judges look for in binding.
  • Supply list.
  • Making the binding: preparing the fabric, cutting strips, mitered or bias seams, starching and pressing.
  • Attaching binding to the top of the quilt: “why and how” to glue the binding, corners, stitching binding to the quilt, joining beginning and end.
  • Finishing: Turning binding to the back, ironing the front, getting the “perfect” mitered corners.
  • Hand stitching on the back: type of needles, thread and finger cot used, the quilter’s knot, the “ladder” stitch, stitching the corner.

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HOW TO: Curved Binding and Machine-Stitched Finishing

Sharon Schamber demonstrates how to make and apply binding to curved edges including how to do a Machine-stitched finish.
She also explains how to make Inside or “V” corners like those on a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

Subjects Covered

  • Part 1 – Curved binding: Supplies needed, Cutting and seaming bias binding strips, Figuring amount of binding needed.
  • Part 2 – Curved binding Bias seams, starching and pressing binding, Where to start and stop on the curve, Seam allowance size, Starting to sew binding on, “v” or inside corners – first part.
  • Part 3 – Curved binding Sewing “V” or inside corner – continued, Joining beginning and end of binding, Glue basting.
  • Part 4 – Curved binding Stitch last part of binding to quilt top, Turn binding to the back – The inside “V” or inside corner, Glue basting binding edge to back of quilt.
  • Part 5 – Curved binding Machine stitching to finish binding or Stitch-in-the-Ditch, knotting and hiding threads, Removing spots of glue (starch.)

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Source for Bottles Metal Tips: Amazon.com

Source for Binding Making Supplies:  Amazon.com

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