Pillowcase Binding

The pillowcase binding method is also known as the no bind or bindless method. It is one of the simplest and quickest methods to use to finish your quilt. The most common time to use this method is for quilts that are going to be used a lot, needing frequent washing and aren't destined to become an heirloom. For example:

* Picnic quilts

* Toddler quilts that require frequent washing

* Doll quilts

* Charity quilts

The finished quilt still has three layers to it ( patchwork top, batting middle, fabric backing) but the difference is that the quilting of the three layers together is usually done last, either being hand tied with thread, buttons sewn on or similar. If you want to quilt the top by machine then do this first but remember you will only be quilting the top and the batting together.

Pillowcase Binding Instructions:

1. Complete quilt top and check that the edges are straight.

2. On a flat surface place quilt top and quilt backing fabric right side to right side. Place quilt batting on top.

3. Pin edges to secure all three layers together.

4. Using a 1/2" seam allowance sew around the quilts edge leaving an opening of about 15" to 20". Ensure it is big enough to be able to turn the quilt through it. The size of gap you leave really depends on the thickness of your quilt. It is always better to have a larger gap. Trim seams and clip corners.

5. Turn the quilt right side out. You may need to use a blunt knitting needle to help with the corners. Press.

6. Hand stitch the opening closed. If you want to make sure your quilt lays flat then top stitch 1/2" to 1" around the entire quilt.

7. It is now time to secure the three layers of your quilt together. You may choose to tie the layers together with thread. Or you could also use buttons to do this. If you do decide to machine quilt them together keep it very, very simple!

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