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McQ U - Joining Quilt Binding StripsPart 1: Joining Quilt Binding Strips

Sherri Bain Driver demonstrates how to join quilt binding strips using diagonal seams. No lumps, no bumps, just smooth, perfect quilt binding, ready to apply.

McQ U - Sewing Binding to QuiltPart 2: Sewing Binding to Quilt

Sew double-fold straight grain binding to your quilt for a classic finish. Sherri Bain Driver shares helpful tips and techniques, including mitering binding corners and joining binding ends.

McQ U - Joining the Quilt Binding EndsPart 3: Joining the Quilt Binding Ends

The quilt is nearly bound, but how do you smoothly join the beginning and ending binding tails? Watch Sherri Bain Driver’s quick guide to joining the ends of double-fold quilt binding.

McQ U - Turning the Quilt Binding and HandstitchingPart 4: Turning the Quilt Binding and Handstitching

Sherri Bain Driver shows a basic blind-stitching technique for securing the folded edge of double-fold binding to the quilt backing. Includes tips for finishing mitered corners of the binding.

Preparing Quilt for Binding

When quilting is complete, stitch a scant 1/4˝ inside quilt raw edges, through all layers. Trim backing and batting even with the raw edge of quilt top, making sure corners are trimmed to an accurate 90º angle.

Making Quilt Binding Strips

Quilt binding can be cut on the bias or straight of grain. Use a continuous strip of bias for a quilt that will be used frequently or has scalloped edges and rounded corners. Refer to "How To Make Continuous Bias" for making continuous bias binding. For bias or straight-grain double-fold binding, cut 2 1/2" wide strips of fabric and fold in half, wrong sides together.

Piped Binding

In response to questions below, Sherri Bain Driver, prepared the following:

There are several techniques for doing piped binding. The method I use has you stitching the covered yarn (I use perle cotton instead) directly to the binding, and then stitch that to the quilt.  When I join binding  ends on this type of piped binding, I unstitch a portion of the piping, pin it out of the way, and join binding ends just as these instructions say. Then I reconstruct that section of piping and sew it back onto the binding before finishing the binding. It’s kind of a long process, requiring leaving about 18” of the binding “talis” loose, but makes a lovely finish and camouflages the beginning and ending of the piped binding. I hope this helps!

Extra Wide Binding

Click here for FREE quilting lesson download: Making and Applying Extra-Wide Quilt Binding.

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Filming of video
The instruction in the video was great but I couldn't see the lower right corner of the screen to see where most of the hand sewing was going on. I looked for a button to enlarge the screen but there wasn't one. I looked for a way to dismiss the ads on the right side of the screen but couldn't. It was very frustrating not to be able to see what was going on.
Response to KathleenG
The important thing to remember about the direction of the mitered corner folds is that they should be opposite of each other on the front and the back to spread the fabric bulk evenly. The thread chosen for the hand stitched blind stitch depends on personal preference and intended use. For example, you may choose a high-quality 50 weight or lighter single thread and very small stitches to hide the thread for a show quilt, or you may choose a doubled thread for added strength for a quilt which will get a lot of use and wear.
Mitered Corner
When blind stitching, the video indicates folding in the left side of the miter then fold the right side. Mine is just the opposite. Does this matter? This is my first binding and I find the videos very helpful. Also, are you using a single thread or double thread when blinding stitching. Thank you.
about binding
This is the first quilt I've ever made & want to do the binding myself(as I have no help)this has given great info which I feel I can finish my quilt. Thank you.
Re: Extra Wide Binding
All issue-related Web Bonuses may be found by clicking on the BONUSES tab above. Making and Applying Extra Wide Binding is a free Web Bonus download associated with the McCall's Quilting November/December 2012 issue, and may be found here: Please click the troubleshooting link for tips on watching the videos on this page. Thanks!
Extra Wide Binding
After searching through the lessons on binding, there is no lesson on Extra Wide Bindings as indicated in the Nov/Dec issue of McCalls Quilting (page 67). I'm unhappy that the lessons won't open on my computer either. (I have pop up blocker turned OFF so it will allow the pop ups.)
Knotting/hiding thread ends
To hide thread ends when hand-stitching the binding to the back of a quilt, I make a small knot very close to where my last stitch exited the binding fold. I then insert the needle tip into the backing fabric very close to where my thread is exiting the binding fold, and bury the thread inside the quilt sandwich, pulling the needle through about 1-2 inches until the knot "pops" through the backing. Then carefully snip the thread "tail" very close the the backing, and run my fingernail across the fabric until the end disappears into the backing. I hope that helps!
knotting the binding thread
Please explain how you knot the thread you are using to sew on binding when you run out of thread. I usually hide mine underneath the binding.
Binding Repair
Hi Jamie - All you need to do is to carefully un-sew the old binding, and then sew on a new binding. You just have to take care not to rip or cut the quilt when you un-sew. - Kathy
binding repair
I made my first Quilt almost 30 years ago. Since I believe our things should be used, the binding is a bit tattered and worn. How should I repair or replace it.
Piped Binding
See Sherri's information above :)
Piped binding
I'm having a difficult time joining the ends of binding with piping. I can do the flat binding shown above but can't get the piped binding to join flat. I've taken the yarn out of both sides to no avail. Help.
binding corners
Ok, I understand what you have posted, but I can NEVER get the corners right. How do you turn the corners and sew them on both sides?
page three won't print
this is a very good lesson on binding and I would love to have a copy in my quilting info.folder , please tell me why page three won't copy. Thank you d71swin
Binding made easy!
This is absolutely the BEST explanation and illustration of how to join the ends of bias binding. I keep an extra copy with my quilting supplies for easy reference. I have also shared it with many friends.
Mitering corners with binding
This is the only instruction I could find using all search engines on my computer. The instructions are easy to understand and answered my questions exactly. This is definitely the best site for quilting instructions.
This was the Best & Simpliest instructions i've ever read to sew Bindings! Thank you so much for alleviating my dread of a task that I've dreaded for over a year now.....


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