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Binding Tips and Tricks

I love binding quilts.  I find doing a binding by hand so relaxing.  The anticipation of a finished quilt makes me feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  I know not everyone is excited about binding as I am.  Hopefully these binding tips and tricks will get you a little closer to a finish. 

Who knows you may learn to love it like I do. A scrappy binding is a fun finish.  It’s also a great way to use up a few scraps.  Here is my method.

First I cut strips. I like to vary my strips. These strips vary in width from 4 1/2″ to 6 1/2″. They are about 22″ long. This will give you enough binding for a twin size quilt. Then I arrange them in a pleasing manner and sew them together.

Use the video tutorial at the end of this post to finish creating your scrappy binding

Once my binding is made I like this method for applying it to my quilt.  It is so satisfying when I sew those ends together and pull it back to stitch the last little bit.  Everything fits so nicely!  YEA!

I do love the relaxing rhythm of hand stitch a binding.  I don’t always have the time to enjoy this luxury so I often machine bind my quilts.  This method meets with many of my binding snob friends expectations.  It gives a nice clean finish.  With no stitching showing on the front to the quilt. It gets lost as you stitch in the ditch.

I hope these tips get you a little closer to loving that final step of quilt.  And help you check off a few more UFO’s.


  • Momma Llama says:

    Great way to make a scrappy bias binding and use up fabric too. Thanks for the idea.

  • Julierose says:

    Thanks for the binding tips–I seem to have trouble when it comes to this part of finishing up a quilt–so this is very helpful hugs, Julierose

  • Podunk Pretties says:

    Great tips! I love the scrappy trick.

  • Alison V. says:

    I love this idea for a scrappy binding! I don't mind binding stitching on the front, but I will be checking out your other tutorials too. 😀

  • Elaine Adair says:

    I agree – binding is also MY favorite part of the quilt. I never plan it — I always laugh when someone asks, "what color will you make the binding? LOL Who knows? I'll surprise myself. I've NEVER seen a good binding NOT look great! Thanks for more good ideas.


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  • Stephanie L Davison says:

    The links to your applying binding methods are broken.

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