I absolutely love this way of finishing off the binding on a quilt. It gives it a lovely texture and as an added bonus, it is fast and easy! Follow this hand binding tutorial to complete your next quilt and maybe it might become your favourite binding technique too! Just a word of warning, I don’t use pins. At all. Ever.
- A finished quilt trimmed and squared, ready for binding
- Half a yard of fabric for your binding
- Perle 8 thread
- Size 24 chenille needles*
- Binding clips
*I like Clover size 24 chenille needles the best. They are strong and sharp with a big eye, great for threading the perle 8 thread through.
Measure the outside edges of your quilt to calculate the perimeter. Divide by 40 and cut this many 2 1/2″ strips from your fabric. You will need a little extra, so make sure there will be enough to overlap at the end. Sew your strips end to end and iron in half lengthways.
Starting in the middle of one side and leaving a 3″ tail, sew your binding down to the back of the quilt. Sewing your binding to the back means you can see those glorious stitches on the front of the quilt. I like to use a generous 1/4″ seam and my quarter inch foot. Stop sewing a (generous) 1/4″ from the edge. With the needle down, swivel the quilt around 90 degrees.
Lift your needle and fold the binding over on itself to make a neat, squared edge. Don’t cut the thread and continue sewing from this edge. Continue attaching the binding until you reach the first side and stop seeing about 12″ from the start.
To join your binding with a mitred seam, lay your the left side if the binding flat against the quilt and the right side on top. Fold back the binding and finger press where they meet. Trim the right side of the binding 2 1/2″ (the binding width) from the pressed line. Your ends should now overlap by exactly 2 1/2″.
Overlap the ends on a 90 degree angle and sew from corner to corner to create a diagonal seam (less bulk this way, but less suitable for stripes). Before you cut the seam allowance back, check that your binding is the correct length by laying it back against the quilt. If it matches, you are good to go. If not, readjust and check again. Finish attaching the binding by sewing down the remainder of the seam.
Fold over your binding to the front of the quilt and pop your binding clips on to hold your binding in place. If you don’t have binding clips, you can also use hair clips. I have been known to raid my daughters hair box! Thread your needle with a length of perle 8 thread and tie a knot in the end. Pull your thread to the front of the quilt, burying the knot under the binding. Bring the needle through to the top of the binding and you are ready to go!
Using a running stitch, take a couple of stitches and pull you needle through. Be careful not to go all the way through, so your stitches can’t be seen on the back of the quilt.
Before you get to the corner, clip the corner of batting away to reduce bulk.
Once you reach the corner,fold the next side up into place. I like to put a double stitch in the corner for extra strength. Continue on stitching until your thread is almost used. To finish your thread, bury it under under the binding and secure with a small backstitch. Continue stitching your binding on all the way around until you reach the beginning again.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this fast and easy hand binding tutorial. If you did, let me know what you think in the comments and you can easily share with your friends or pin it with the social media buttons below.