How to Bind a Quilt


1. Cut fabric into 2-1/4-inch-wide
strips for binding.

2. Join two strips by placing ends
right sides together and sewing
at a 90-degree angle. Trim seam
allowance to 1/4 inch; press
open. Repeat with all binding
strips to create one long piece
of binding that measures the
quilt perimeter plus about 12
inches.

3. Fold binding strip in half
lengthwise, wrong sides
together; press.

4. Beginning near center of one
edge and with right sides
together, match binding
strip raw edges to quilt raw
edge. Using a 1/4-inch seam
allowance, begin stitching
binding to quilt about 6 inches
from binding end.

5. To miter corners, stop
stitching about 1/4-inch away
from corner and backstitch.

Fold binding back on itself,
perpendicular to edge you have
just sewn.

Fold binding down again so
that binding raw edge makes
a horizontal fold that aligns
with the quilt edge. Starting
from top of horizontal fold,
continue stitching binding to
quilt. Follow this procedure for
all corners.

6. Stop sewing binding to quilt
about 6 inches away from
starting point; trim binding to
about 6 inches.You should
now have two unstitched ends
of binding that overlap.

7. Lay binding ends flat along
quilt edge and trim ends so that
they overlap by 2-1/2 inches.

Place ends of binding
perpendicular to one another,
right sides together as you
did to join strips in step 2. Pin
and stitch binding together
diagonally.

8. Trim seam allowance to 1/4-
inch; press. Refold binding
wrong sides together; press.
Finish stitching binding to quilt
top.

9. Fold binding over to wrong
side and hand stitch binding in
place, taking a few extra tack
stitches at corners to secure
miters.