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Different Binding Methods for Quilting


There are quit a few ways to close or bind a quilt.  Below are a couple of suggestions for three different ways that work for certain quilts.

One way as seen in the quilt below, is a guarantee of 4 perfect corners, or a nice circle edge if you are doing a circle quilt... This method works best with smaller quilts and no hand sewing is involved.

Below is a photo of the back of a quilt that has a heart ironed on with fusible web. This method does not work well on large quilts.

(place back of quilt photo here)

To do this method:

Place your batting on a flat surface.

Place your backing on top of your batting with the pretty side up facing you.

Place your quilt top on top of your backing with pretty side down (pretty sides are together.)

Pin and sew all around the quilt edge.  Do not leave an opening.

Trim seams and clip corners.

Cut a slit in the batting and backing of your quilt, be careful not to cut the quilt top.

Turn your quilt to pretty side out through the slit you just cut.

Pull out corners and press your quilt.  Cut a heart out of fabric and wonder-under and press the heart on the back of the quilt to hide your slit.  Sign and date the heart.


The most common way, as seen in the quilt below.  This works well with any size quilt. This method works best on quilts that were quilted by hand, or by machine.

To do this method:

And third, as seen in the photo below, is by closing your quilt the same way you would a "pillow." This method is best for beginner quilters and small to lap size quilts. This method works well with quilts that will be "tied." This method does not work well on larger quilts.

To do this method:

After your quilt top is made, place the batting down first on a flat surface.

Then place the backing down on top of the batting with pretty side up.

Then place the quilt top on top of the backing with the pretty side down. (pretty sides will be together.)

Pin around the whole outside perimeter of your quilt and sew around it leaving an opening. 

Trim seams and clip corners.

 Turn quilt to pretty side out and hand sew the opening closed as this student is doing in the photo to the left.


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