How To Add Binding To a Quilt Project

Step-by-Step Directions for a Double-fold (French-fold) Binding with Mitered Corners

Double-fold, also referred as French-fold, binding is the most commonly used binding. It gives the quilt’s edges the most durability. Click here for our handy calculator to figure out how many binding strips you’ll need.

1.    Cut the binding strips for your quilt from selvage to selvage. Sew the short ends of the binding strips right sides together with diagonal seams. Trim 1/4″ from sewn line and press open. Fold the binding strips, wrong sides together, in half lengthwise, and press.

Layout 1 2.    Fold under a 1/2″ hem at the beginning of the binding. Leaving approximately 4″ of binding free, begin sewing the binding to the front of the quilt sandwich at the center on the bottom edge. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew to 1/4″ from the first corner, stop, and clip the threads. Remove the quilt sandwich from under the presser foot.

Layout 1 3.    Fold the binding strip up at a 45-degree angle, as shown.

Layout 1 4.    Fold the binding strip back down upon itself, making sure that the horizontal fold in the binding is even with the top edge of the quilt sandwich, as shown. Begin sewing the binding to the quilt exactly where the previous seam ended. Continue sewing and repeat steps 3 and 4 at each remaining corner.

Layout 1 5.    To end, slide the end of the binding into the free portion at the beginning; sew the remaining seam.

Layout 1 6.    Bring the binding over the edge to the backing side of the quilt sandwich, and hand stitch in place using a slip stitch or machine stitch in place a scant 1/8″ away from the fold. A folded miter will form at each corner; stitch these folds closed.

Layout 1 These instructions were originally published in The Quilter’s Workbook, copyright 2007, Landauer Publishing LLC.

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