Binding Tutorial

Binding Tutorial

Have you stayed away from projects that require binding because you think it’s too hard? Have you been fussing around with the same binding for weeks because you can’t get the stitching right? Or are you like me, and have a stack of “finished” quilts that just need binding?! I once considered paying someone just to bind my beautiful artwork! That’s crazy!!!

No need to fear at all! Today we are excited to bring you a binding tutorial that anyone can do!

As we posted earlier this week, here are the materials needed for this tutorial:

Your Project

Binding Fabric (according to your measurements)

Corresponding Thread

Cutting mat

Rotary Tool


Binding Tool

For this tutorial I’ll be binding the wall hanging we just finished in our last video. Because I have a pattern, I’ll be consulting it for the amount of strip to cut. If you don’t have a pattern that is okay! A  good rule of thumb is to measure the sides and length of your quilt, add those 4 numbers together. Now add 20. That number is how many inches of binding you’ll need. For example, my measurement may come out 60 inches, I’ll add 20, making it 80. Typical width of fabric is 42 inches… I know I’ll need at least 2 strips of fabric. Now, knowing myself, I’d cut 3 just to be on the safe side… I’d rather cut off binding at the end than be stuck with too little and have to rip out stitches. The seam ripper is handy, but not my friend!

To start you’ll want to take a good look at your project and pick a fabric that compliments the piece. For example you may not want a dark quilt and a bright binding. This is personal preference. I’ve chosen this bright yellow to draw out the yellow in the charm pack. So I’ll cut my strips and head over to the sewing machine. We will be joining the seams on the bias, meaning they are very stretchy. Be careful not to pull your fabric through the machine. Putting right side together perpendicularly sew from outside corner to outside corner. This will allow you to open your fabric to make one long strip. Continue that process for all of your binding strips.

Next, we’ll press our joining bias seams open. On high heat we will press our binding in half (as I tell my kids, like a hot dog bun). Continue to do so for your entire binding strip, make sure your seams are inclosed and dog ears cut off. (Dog ears are the portion that hangs over the outside like a puppy’s ear!)

Now comes the exciting part!!! I love to use this binding tool, it has completely changed my view on binding! Mine has handy instructions on the top that I follow to make it so simple.

1) Sew on your binding leaving a 12” opening. You will need a 10” tail of binding on

your start and finishing sides.

I use wonder clips to attach my binding before sewing it on. You don’t have to, this is  just personal preference. I’ll measure my 12 inch gap and mark with a clip on the beginning and end of the opening. With the raw edge of our binding strip facing out, we will clip all the way down our project. That way, when we fold it over the raw edge of the quilt, you’ll see the pretty fold on the back. The tricky part can be when you come to a corner. In order to make a beautiful mitered corner you’ll sew to about 1/4 inch to the edge, pull your project out, put your thumb where you stopped sewing and flip your binding over. It should look like your binding is at the top off of your quilt and you should have a nice diagonal fold where your thumb is placed. Making sure there is a straight line on the outside of the quilt and up with your strip, with your thumb still in the corner, pull your binding strip down. Place a wonder clip to hold in place.

Remember, if you get caught up on any of these instructions, please don’t hesitate to comment below with a question or consult our YouTube tutorial. After you’ve finished clipping your binding on be sure to leave your 10 inch tail. This is important for using the binding tool at the very end.

Head over to your sewing machine and start attaching your binding. I use a scant 1/4 inch seam and go very very slowly. Make sure to back stitch when you start and when you finish. It’s not a race… unless your like me and decide to make a project for someone I want to give it to the next day!

Have you got all of your binding sewn on? You’re doing great, I’m sure!

2)  butt the flat edge of the tool up where you stopped sewing. Bring the binding over the top of the tool and mark as indicated. Rotate 180

degrees and repeat with the binding on the other side.

3) Open binding, lay the right sides up and cut from the marks you made. Place A tip on one mark and B corner on the other as indicated in diagram 3. Make sure to cut the straight edge as well as the 45’ angle.

4) This will seem a little tight, but with rights sides together sew 1/4 in away from the edge along the angle. Press seam open. This will work perfectly every time!

Now your binding sewn together, sew the remaining 12 inch gap. Flip your project over and pull your binding from the bottom out. This will allow you to

press over your folded edge of binding to the back of your quilt. Sew 1/4 inch all the way around your binding, making sure to use your correndating thread, as you will be able to see these stitches on the binding. Go slow… take your time!

Trim your threads and you’re all done!

Comment below or post on social media your binding project, we’d love to see them!

Use the #KeaBeeBinding, you never know we might repost it!