Free Quilt Binding Techniques – Free Videos to Help You Bind Quilts Like a Pro!
Quilt binding is one of the more challenging aspects of making a quilt. Many quilters feel unsure of how to create a quilt binding that accents a quilt while providing a secure finish for the quilt edges. While there are many methods, traditional double-fold or French fold quilt binding is considered by many to be the standard and most desirable technique.
Because binding a quilt in the traditional way is a multi-step process, we’ve found it helpful to have the techniques divided into several sections for easy reference. That’s why McCall’s Quilting created this free 4-video collection specifically designed to demonstrate the entire process step by step. Associate editor Sherri Bain Driver explains every step of the traditional binding technique, from making the binding itself, to machine sewing to the quilt (including handling those quilt binding corners!). You’ll also learn how to join the binding ends and hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt. This is a tried and true method that many quilters use on every project. Best of all, whenever you need to refresh your memory about a particular part, you can go back and watch the corresponding video to get exactly what you need when you need it!
Beginning quilters will benefit from learning this technique correctly from the start, and more experienced quilters will appreciate Sherri’s concise, clear instructions to help them with any aspect of binding a quilt that gives them difficulty. With Sherri’s simple, easy to follow directions, you’ll be creating professional looking binding for quilts in no time!
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This video collection includes demonstrations of every technique you will need to create beautiful, sturdy bindings for all your quilt projects. Every quilt needs a binding, and these videos break down the traditional double-fold binding technique into simple steps any quilter can master!
Quilting binding starts off with fabric strips, and it’s important to know how best to join the strips into one continuous length of binding to go all around your quilt. Most quilts require several fabric strips to make enough binding for all 4 sides. Sherri demonstrates how to join those strips with diagonal seams, trim the excess fabric, and press the seams open to reduce bulk in the binding.
Learn to do a “test run” to ensure the binding seams do not fall at any of the quilt corners, which would create unwelcome bulk in the finished binding. Then watch Sherri machine-stitch the folded, pressed binding to the quilt, right sides together. Many quilters are nervous about mitered quilt corners, but no worries! Sherri shows how to achieve perfectly mitered corners for your quilt binding. You’ll have your binding stitched to the quilt so quickly you’ll find it hard to believe!
Once the binding is stitched to the quilt, the ends of the binding strip must be joined. This can be a tricky maneuver, but Sherri has a fool-proof method for figuring out exactly how much to trim off of the ends, and how to sew the trimmed ends together so they look just like all the other binding diagonal seams. No one will be able to tell where you started and ended your binding application. This technique is so slick and creates such a pretty, continuous binding!
The final step is turning the pressed edge of the binding strip to the back of the quilt and hand-stitching it in place. Many quilters relish this classic way to complete a quilt for its portability (you can do this step anywhere!) and meditative quality. As you put the final stitches into your quilt, reflect on its destination and on all the love you’ve put into your creation. With Sherri’s helpful demonstration, you’ll be hand stitching your quilt binding like a pro. You’ll be able to proudly display your quilt binding anywhere, even in judged and juried quilt shows!
Watch our free Quilt Binding Techniques video collection now and start creating the lovely quilt bindings you dream of today!
- Part 1: Joining the Strips
- Part 2: Sewing Binding to the Quilt
- Part 3: Joining the Ends
- Part 4: Turning and Hand Stitching