Friday, January 27, 2012

A Beginner's Guide to Binding

Are you a new quilter?  Have you made your first quilt, even quilted it, and are stuck with those dauting instructions to "bind to finish"?  Do you even know what the binding is?  :)

This is a close-up view of the binding on the quilt at the top of this post.

If you have never bound a quilt before, or if you have experienced problems while working on your binding, then you should take a look at my tutorial.  (Please be patient, it's a large file with LOTS of photos, but well worth the wait.)

In this tutorial, I go over all the steps of binding your quilt from making your own straight-grain binding, to sewing it on the quilt, to the final hand hemming for that beautiful finished look.

To be honest, binding is not hard.  It may take some time, but I love to do it in the evenings while watching my favorite TV shows or movies.  And in the end, you'll have the satisfaction of having beautifully finished your quilt.  What could be better than that?  :)


  1. Nice post. I was looking at the meander on your quilt. I just finished doing 2 quilts with that type quilting and sure wish I could come up with a meander pattern in my head that somewhat repeats so I could do it mindlessly, lol.

    1. Thanks Wilma! Give yourself time, and eventually you'll come up with a method that is nice and mindless LOL. I have my technique down so I know just where I'm going to go, when I'll go there, and so on. It just takes a little time and practice practice practice. I have some PL tops I could send to you for practice if you want LOL.