I said yesterday that I would share more about the binding technique I used on this little quilt. I really want to do most of my binding by machine from now on to save my hands. I was pleased with how this method turned out.

I started by cutting strips 1 3/4” wide and joining the end to end. This is single fold binding. I machine stitched my binding to the front of my quilt as usual, using a 1/4” seam allowance.

Then I pressed the binding fabric away from the quilt. Turn the quilt over and press the binding, turning under the seam allowance as you go. I have never used these clips before, but they worked really well for this.

I flipped the quilt over again, and stitched in the ditch as shown below.

This is how the back looks.

I learned about these clips from Jo at Jo’s Country Junction.

They are available through Amazon.

Hope this helps!


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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3 Responses to Binding

  1. dawnsharafihotmailcom says:

    Hello! I couldn’t find these binder clips mentioned on Jo’s Country Junction, nor could I find them on Amazon.

    Did they come in the cute little tin? Thanks! Dawn

  2. corgimustardkleopatra93388 says:

    Hi Katy!

    I have been receiving your blog for a few months and I love it! It seems to me the hand stitched technique is not as secure as I would like my binding attachment to be. I do have a couple of questions concerning the binding technique on the machine. You mentioned in step 2 that you pressed the binding fabric away from the quilt (after sewing the binding strip onto the front of quilt). I am confused at this point. After pressing the binding away from the quilt you said you turned the quilt over and pressed the binding turning the seam allowance under as you went. Does that mean you pressed a hot iron on the quilt as you went? I am concerned about a hot iron coming that close to the batting. Would that melt the batting at all? Also, it looks like you stitched the binding down with the top of the quilt facing up. Was this stitching itself right next to the seam where you attached the binding to the quilt top but not actually on the binding? I presume that is the stitch-in-the-ditch part you mentioned. My last question is did you use a walking foot for this entire binding attachment stitching step?

    Please forgive me if I sound like an idiot. I finished my first quilt about a year and a half ago and attached the binding to the quilt top but have not yet stitched the binding down as I was told hand stitching it down was essentially required. I tried to use this hand stitching method but, again, it seemed to be very insecure and it took a SUPER long time (1.5 hours to stitch 6 inches). Hence, the reason why I took it out.

    Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks,

    Pat Powell

    Gilroy, California

  3. Janny Schoneveld says:

    A flange binding looks also easy. I saw it a Missouri star video on you tube. Greetings Janny from Holland

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