Traditionally, the binding is sewn to the front of the quilt and wrapped to the back and sewn down by hand (or machine). By starting on the back and wrapping to the front, you’ll be able to do the final stitching by machine and it will look awesome (front and back.)
How do you attach binding to the back of a quilt?
Trim one of the binding tails to the halfway mark on your quilt.
- Overlap your binding.
- Using a ruler, mark 1/2in past the trimmed edge and cut on this mark. …
- Join your two sides together with pins and sew using a 1/4in seam allowance.
- Finger press the seam open.
- Finish attaching the binding to the quilt back.
Do you bind quilt before quilting?
Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between. I usually machine quilt (or have someone else do it) my quilts these days.
How wide should the binding on a quilt be?
Decide the width of binding. The standard choice is 2 1/4″ or 2 1/2″ depending on how wide you want your finished binding to look. They are both attached in the same way. Consider the thickness or loft of your quilt as this will affect the finished look of the binding.
How wide do you cut quilt binding strips?
Cut enough strips (bias or crossgrain) to go around the quilt plus 8″ for cornering and seams. Strip width can vary from 2″ to 2 1/2″ and even wider if you prefer a larger binding than the traditional 1/4″ width. Quilt binding strips are generally sewn together with a diagonal seam for the most inconspicuous joining.
Can you hand quilt after binding?
Hand Sewing the Binding
However, because the border is quilted and 90% of the rest of the quilt is completed, I am confident that adding the binding at this point will not cause distortion. I have to say, it’s rather nice to know that when I’m finished quilting, the quilt will be finished!
Do you match thread to binding or backing?
Tips Before You Start. – Always use a good cotton thread, that matches the binding not the backing of the quilt. If the thread matches both, great – but it’s more important that the thread match the binding. … Otherwise, you will find a lot of little stitches on the front of your quilt.
Do you use a walking foot for binding?
Binding is a big deal with quilting, and you always want to end your projects on a good note. Because binding is the final step you need, a walking foot that punches through the many layers of fabric and the binding layer is key.