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How To Bind a Quilt

When it comes to finishing the edges of a quilt, many quilters are lost. Don't let mitered corners and binding scare you.


  • Step 1: Fold the binding over the edge of your quilt and pin it to the back.
  • TIP: When you reach a corner, sew to the diagonally folded tab, and then back stitch. Start on the other side of the folded tab and continue around the quilt.
  • Step 2: Stitch the binding into place with a needle and thread every ½ inch. Make sure to catch the binding, back, and batting with the thread, but not the front of the quilt.
  • Step 3: Stitch down the diagonal fold in the corners to create a mitered corner to finish your quilt.
  • FACT: Did you know? A Civil War-era quilt known as the "Reconciliation Quilt" is the most expensive quilt ever sold, for $264,000 at an auction in 1991.
  • Step 4: Sew the binding into place all the way around your quilt. Use a ¼-inch seam allowance and remove pins as you sew.
  • Step 5: Unfold an area large enough to sew the two ends of the binding together, trim excess, and pin back into place.
  • Step 6: Lay the binding on top of the quilt with the raw edges together, beginning at least 1 foot from a corner, and pin it in place.
  • Step 7: Sew the strips of fabric end to end using a ½-inch seam allowance. Fold this binding in half lengthwise with the wrong sides of the fabric together, and then iron it flat.
  • TIP: Keep the seams of the binding at least 1 inch from any corner to create proper mitered corners.
  • Step 8: Fold the binding in a perpendicular direction to the side you pinned at each corner, and then fold it back. Line up the edges of the folded corner and pin it in place.
  • Step 9: Pin the lengths of each side and corner into place until the ends of your binding meet. Trim any excess fabric at the end, leaving a ½-inch tail for a seam allowance.
  • Step 10: Cut the accent fabric into 2½-inch wide strips. There should be enough strips that, when sewn end to end, they can cover the perimeter of your quilt, plus 4 to 6 inches for seam allowance.

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