Attaching Binding Strips

Attaching binding strips is the easiest method to use when completing your quilt. There are no mitered corners to manage!

The process requires you to first measure the length & width of your quilt (best to take each measurement at three different locations along the width and length of your quilt - top, middle and bottom), cut your strips, machine sew them on, then lastly hand stitch them down. Sounds easy!! Following the video that demonstrates how easy it is to attach binding strips, I have outlined the steps in detail.

Step 1: Measure your quilt

While your quilt is on a flat surface measure each side along the edge. Do not assume opposite sides of your quilt are the same length!!! Record these measurements.

Step 2: Cut your binding

For a single-fold binding cut the strips 1 3/4" wide and add 2" to the length of each strip:

1 3/4 " wide x quilt width + 2"

Repeat this for both the top and the bottom of the quilt

For a double-fold binding cut the strips 2 1/2" wide and add 2" to the length of each strip:

2 1/2" wide x quilt width + 2"

Step 3: Attach top & bottom binding

For a double-fold binding fold binding in half lengthwise (wrong side to wrong side) matching raw edges.

Mark the center of the binding with a pin and the center of the top edge of your quilt with a pin.

Pin the binding to the top of the quilt matching the center points and having 1" of binding extend beyond each end of the quilt.

With the binding on top sew through all layers using a 3/8" seam allowance. Trim off excess binding.

Fold the binding to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place using a small slip stitch. If using a single-fold binding you will need to turn under the raw edge of the binding then hand stitch in place.

Repeat this process for the bottom edge of the quilt.

Step 4: Attach side binding strips

Cut the binding for the sides as you did for the top & bottom.

You are now ready to attach the remaining binding to the sides of your quilt. Use the same technique but do not cut off the excess binding. This excess is used to finish the corners.

Turn the end of the binding over the end of the quilt so the raw edges are hidden, pin to hold. Fold the rest of the binding over to the back and pin in place. Hand stitch in place using a small slip stitch.

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