Quilting: Attaching the Binding

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How To Attach Bias Binding to a Quilt
This post is just a rehash of my attaching binding to the front of the quilt and attaching binding to the back of the quilt tutorials, although with more in-depth shots of right-, acute-, and obtuse- angled corners.

I think, going forward I'm going to try swapping it around: sew the raw edges of the binding to the back of the quilt and the fold to the front of the quilt. My seams are never straight enough or even enough to look nice on the front of the quilt. It's a seam that may be better hidden on the underside.

Related BYOV Posts
Attach Binding to Front of Quilt | Attach Binding to Back of Quilt | Binding the Triangle Quilt

  1. Trim edges of quilt.
    Trim edges of quilt.
  2. If you're making a Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt, cut a circle in the middle about 8" in diameter.
    If you're making a Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt, cut a circle in the middle about 8" in diameter.
  3. If you're making a Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt, ensure there's a slit from the quilt edge to the circle.
    If you're making a Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt, ensure there's a slit from the quilt edge to the circle.
    All trimmed up and ready to go!
  4. Sew binding to front of quilt with 1/4" inseam (align raw edges and sew, fold of binding should be on interior). My tutorial/photos on attaching binding to the front of the quilt goes more in-depth into this (and also talks about how to handle inward angles).
    Sew binding to front of quilt with 1/4" inseam (align raw edges and sew, fold of binding should be on interior).
  5. When you approach a 90-degree corner, sew to 1/4" from the edge and backstitch a few stitches. ...the same for acute angles and obtuse angles, actually. I've included photos for all three in the ensuing steps.
    1a. When you approach a 90-degree corner, sew to 1/4" from the edge and backstitch a few stitches.
    1b. When you approach an acute angle corner, sew to 1/4" from the edge and backstitch a few stitches.
    1c. When you approach an obtuse angle corner, sew to 1/4" from the edge and backstitch a few stitches.
  6. Fold binding up, to have raw edges align with the next-edge of the quilt.
    2. Fold binding up, to have raw edges align with the next-edge of the quilt.
    2. Fold binding up, to have raw edges align with the next-edge of the quilt.
    2. Fold binding up, to have raw edges align with the next-edge of the quilt.
  7. Fold the binding down, forming a fold aligned with the corner you're about to turn.
    3. Fold the binding down, forming a fold aligned with the corner you're about to turn.
    3. Fold the binding down, forming a fold aligned with the corner you're about to turn.
    3. Fold the binding down, forming a fold aligned with the corner you're about to turn.inding-21
  8. Sew fold down, backstitching to the edge and continue sewing until next corner.
    4. Sew fold down, backstitching to the edge and continue sewing until next corner.
    4. Sew fold down, backstitching to the edge and continue sewing until next corner.
    4. Sew fold down, backstitching to the edge and continue sewing until next corner.
  9. When done attaching binding to front of quilt, flip binding over the edge, create a mitered corner. Pin in place.
    5. When done attaching binding to front of quilt, flip binding over the edge, create a mitered corner. Pin in place.
    5. When done attaching binding to front of quilt, flip binding over the edge, create a mitered corner. Pin in place.
    5. When done attaching binding to front of quilt, flip binding over the edge, create a mitered corner. Pin in place.
  10. Hand stitch mitered corner in place with a few stitches.
    6. Hand stitch mitered corner in place with a few stitches.
    6. Hand stitch mitered corner in place with a few stitches.
    6. Hand stitch mitered corner in place with a few stitches.
  11. When machine-sewing binding to back of quilt, sew as usual.
    7. When machine-sewing binding to back of quilt, sew as usual.
    7. When machine-sewing binding to back of quilt, sew as usual.
    7. When machine-sewing binding to back of quilt, sew as usual.
  12. After attaching binding to front of quilt, it's a good time to attach Velcro (or ribbons or name/car labels) to the back of quilt.
    After attaching binding to front of quilt, it's a good time to attach Velcro (or ribbons or name/car labels) to the back of quilt.
  13. Pin Velcro/ribbons/labels in place under the binding on backside of quilt.
    Pin Velcro/ribbons/labels in place under the binding on backside of quilt.
  14. Sew binding to backside of the quilt. As you attach binding to back side of quilt, ensure you're sewing to the left of the seam attaching binding to right side of the quilt. This will produce a seam line on the front of the quilt. See my tutorial on attaching binding to back of quilt to get some more in-depth photos of that step.
    6. Sew binding to quilt back, making sure your second seam is to the left of the first binding seam.
  15. Done!
    Sew binding to backside of the quilt. As you attach binding to back side of quilt, ensure you're sewing to the left of the seam attaching binding to right side of the quilt. This will produce a seam line on the front of the quilt.


Triangle Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt Tutorial Posts:
  1. Equilateral Triangle Quilted Xmas Tree Skirt: Cutting Equilateral Triangles
  2. Triangle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial: Sewing the Triangles
  3. How To Add Flange to a Quilt Block
  4. How To Piece Together Low Loft Quilt Batting
  5. Quilting the Triangle Xmas Tree Skirt Quilt
  6. How To Make Continuous Bias Binding
  7. How To Connect Binding with a Mitered Seam
  8. How To: Alternative Mitered Binding Join
  9. How To Attach Bias Binding to a Quilt
  10. Triangle Christmas Tree Skirt Overview

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