Saturday, April 14, 2012

Backing as a Binding Tutorial

Backing as a binding Tutorial

When you are finished with quilting your quilt you have a few options on how to bind your quilt.
Have you ever taken in the consideration of using your backing as a binding?
Well, if you never have there are some benefits to this method. 
  1. First off its budget friendly.
  2. If you ever find yourself in a time crunch and have to have the quilt finished ASAP this method is a lifesaver and it can be meant to be a temporary solution.
  3. If you do not have enough material around to match the quilt to make binding look at your backing it should all ready match your quilt top.
  4. If your backing is scrappy it will give your binding a more interesting appeal.
  5. It is an old school way of binding your quilt.

When I quilt my quilts I cut my backing about four inches over on all sides to allow wiggle room for shifting while quilting. Same for my batting too.

  • Open and lay out your quilt on a flat surface to where the backing and batting are laying flat.
  • Cut away the batting to match the quilt top.


  • Then cut the backing away leaving 1 1/2 inches on all sides.
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  • Start on one side of the quilt and fold over the backing to the quilt's edge.
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  • Then fold the backing over again. This time onto the quilt top.
  • Secure binding with clips of your choice. I use hair clips and bobby pins
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  • When one side is finished being folded over continue onto the next side
  • Fold over the end on a 90 degree angle
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  • Continue folding and 90 degreeing the corners until finished.

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  • Then machine stitch from the top of the quilt for best results.
  • Remove clips as you stitch

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