My machine binding isn’t great. But I keep trying and I think I’ve settled on a method that works for me. It uses Elmer’s School Glue.

I use 2 1/2 inch strips to make my binding and press it in half, wrong sides together. I stitched it to the front of the quilt with a quarter inch seam. Next, I pressed it away from the quilt top to completely open the seam on the front.

I add a thin line of school glue on the back of the quilt as shown below.

Then I press it in place, making sure I cover the seam line.

Finally, I stitch from the top, right next to the binding.

This is what it looks like from the back.

And from the front.

I didn’t have any issues with not catching the binding on the back and I think it looks much better on the front.

Hope this helps someone! I will wash this quilt before gifting.

Have a great day!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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11 Responses to Binding

  1. Jean says:

    What a great idea for quilts that will get heavy use! Like gifts to certain people who excessively wash their quilts… I know some of them.

  2. Wow, that looks great! I need to try it. Although I do love hand stitching the binding down. It’s so fulfilling!

  3. Diane says:

    Looks great. Your work is always so neat and tidy!

  4. Pat S says:

    Hi Katy, I’ve used a method like this before, but instead of glue I used a type of adhesive thread in bobbin. After folding binding and iron/heat set in place, I then switched to regular thread bobbin and the clear nylon thread for top stitching. Sew down binding from the front along side of binding just like you did in pic.

  5. Mary H says:

    I have used glue on the corners of binding, but never tried using it all the way around. I used to use an applique glue. Elmer’s sounds easier. I will have to try this next time.

  6. Yvonne says:

    I also hand bind my quilts but I think I am going to give your method a try on a machine quilted quilt.

  7. Sue H says:

    I love using Washable School Glue in my sewing room too! Great tip to use it on the binding. Could even do that if you wanted to hand-stitch the binding down too. No more clips all around! Glue, iron, sew! Perfect!

  8. Pam Thorne says:

    Your binding looks great! I use the same method without the glue and cut 2.25″ binding strips. I use a Juki and the compensating foot for the final stitching on the top of the quilt and it always sews very nice.

  9. ceci says:

    The final hand stitching of binding is always a bottle neck for me so this is very interesting. I tried machine stitching but the result was so stiff; I need to experiment some more, clearly. Thanks!


  10. How does it work on the corners? I have a friend who uses this method and loves it. I usually hand stitch a binding.

  11. Amy S says:

    Can you stitch right away after pressing? I think I’m going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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