Quilt Binding 2 of 4: Sewing Binding to Quilt

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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.

Quilt Binding 1 of 4: Joining the Strips
Quilt Binding 2 of 4: Sewing Binding to the Quilt - this video
Quilt Binding 3 of 4: Joining the Ends
Quilt Binding 4 of 4: Turning and Hand Stitching

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Using 45° line on ruler, trim beginning tail of binding at 45° angle (Diagram II). Diagram II


Diagram III Fold binding in half, wrong sides together, and press. Beginning in the middle of one side of the quilt and leaving a 6˝ tail loose, align raw edges of binding with trimmed quilt edge (Diagram III).  Pin in place if needed.
Diagram IV Using a walking foot or even-feed foot, stitch binding to quilt edge, using 1/4˝ seam allowance. Stop 1/4˝ from corner and backstitch (Diagram IV).


Remove quilt from machine and turn it 90°. Fold binding up, forming a 45°-angle (Diagram V).
Diagram V
Fold binding back down over itself, aligning fold with cut edge of quilt sandwich. Beginning 1/4˝ from edge (the same point at which you stopped stitching the first side), stitch next side (Diagram VI), backstitching at beginning and end of seam. Repeat for remaining sides and corners. Diagram VI


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Wonderful Video
This is an excellent video. One of the best ones I have seen so far. Thank you so much for your help. I'm a beginner and need all the videos for help. Thanks again Sherri!!
Diagram VI is not quite enough
Getting it sewed all around is fine. It is flipping it over the back and getting the mitered corners where they need to line up that becomes a problem. Seeing an actual picture or pictures would be a great help.
Response to clkonch
I'm afraid we're unable to add footage to this video, but here are a few tips that might help: Diagram IV, Carefully measure that your stitches stop 1/4" short of the corner; Diagram V, make certain that when you fold your binding up, the right edge of the binding is EVEN with the right edge of the quilt top; Diagram VI, make certain that when you fold the binding down, the fold is FLUSH with the top edge, and NOT just below the top edge. Careful attention to each of those steps contribute to having just the right amount of binding at the corner to form a neat, 90 degree corner when the binding is turned to the back. I'm sure you'll get it right as you get more practice - hope these tips help!
Can you take the video a few steps further?
I have watched this great video on attaching the binding. Mitered corners have always been a problem for me. But I can sew the binding on but just can't get the actual mitered corners when I flip the binding over. Can you please show me those steps? My corners look more like curves! Thanks so much!!
Binding Demo
There was just one little step I was missing! Thank you!
Sherri Bain Binding Demos
Very clear, and informative. Thanks. Something I mess up 50% of the time. Now I see what I was doing wrong. Beautiful quilt, lovely work. Great directions.
Very helpful
Thanks so much. I am not very confident with my binding skills. This is easy to follow.


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