Sunday, September 18, 2011

My first tutorial .... Wrap around binding

This is a binding using the fabric from the back side of your quilt, sometimes called self binding. This is the first time I have tried to do this type of binding and I just worked it out as I went along. Hope it might work for you as well.

Wrap around binding                                                                                                 

This is my first try at writing a tutorial. Sew, here I go.

When I finished the quilting on this baby / toddler quilt I thought I would try to do a wraparound binding since I had enough extra fabric on all sides.  And as I looked at it and pondered, I wanted to do a mitered corner as well.  Sew I put on my thinking cap and this is what I came up with.

1.       The first step is to trim your backing to 1 ¾” (4cm) from the finished edge of your quilt. And trim the quilt batting to the quilt edge.  Be careful not to cut the backing.

2.       Next you will press the binding in half towards the quilt top, sew that the raw edges all meet.

3.       Now at the corners, they will overlap with a fair bit of bulk. Not to worry about this at the moment it will be taken care of shortly.

4.        With both sides pressed in now take the corner tip and bring it in towards the center of the quilt. Press this triangle; the pressed line will mark the seam line.

5.        First option. Open the triangle and then cut ¼ “from the fold.


6.       Now place the right sides of the binding together and sew on the pressed line (double thickness).  Backstitching at the start of the seam. Turn and make sure that it lies where it should be (you may need to take a little deeper seam to have a nice and neat corner). Trim at the inside corner sew that you have a nice flat point.
first option

second option
 pressed lines showing after it is opened up
 this will be your seam line

stitching line  following the pressing lines
right sides together
trimed and centere clipped ... ready to turn

    5b.    Second option. After pressing the corner open it up all the way with right sides together line up the pressed marks, and sew the V type seam. (Single thickness) . This gives a nice neat seam at the miter. Trim away excess fabric and turn and press. I also took a little v out of the center of the V seam to reduce bulk.

pinned and ready to stitch

7.        Pin binding in place to keep it even all around your quilt. Now you are ready to stitch your binding in place using either a straight stitch or any of the decorative stitches your machine has to offer.  

I was quite pleased with how this turned out and would do it again for baby quilts , place mats and pot holders , smaller projects.
All done  : )

sew there you have it
hats off to the gals that make the tut's for us to enjoy and learn from
takes a bit of time getting it all together
and I am sew learning about this as well.

Sew until next time
stay in stitches


  1. Thanks Annette... I have done similar on small objects... I like how you did your corners... well done with your first tutorial...

  2. Fantastic job of the tutorial Annette , seems like a perfect way to do a binding for small quilts and as you say placemats , thanks so much for taking the time to explain this in detail.

  3. Hi Annette, I have popped over from Sheila's blog and found your tutorial. I have trouble imagining how to do things like the v seam for the corner so thank you for your tutorial. I have wanted to try this binding method for a while on smaller projects.

  4. Thanks Annette, even a toddler quilter like myself could understand this. Carol

  5. how cool is that, thanks for sharing this cool binding technique.

  6. Fantastic job of the tutorial Annette , seems like a perfect way to do a binding for small quilts and as you say placemats