Quilt Binding Five Ways



Hello quilters!

I always love getting to that last phase of making a quilt - the binding. The majority of the time I hand stitch my binding down with an invisible stitch, but lately I have been getting out of my comfort zone. 


If you're looking for inspiration - today I am sharing five ways you can bind your quilts. I hope this gets your creative juices flowing! (Since typing this up I have decided that on my next quilt I might try a decorative machine stitch for the binding. Yes? No?)



1. Invisible Hand Sewn

I like the clean look of this binding. It goes fairly quickly for me! I also like the meditative quality of this process. It gives me time to think, zone out or watch Gilmore Girls.


2. Machine Binding 

I am honestly not a fan of this because it usually shows on both sides. I have tried to stitch in the ditch, but it just doesn't look as clean to me. However, this is a great and VERY fast option if you are on a deadline!


3. Blanket Stitch 

This was a new one for me. I did this to finish my latest Sunroom Quilt. I really love the cozy little detail it adds. I used a very heavy weight thread. I also recommend going with a contrasting color so it really pops. You don't want to do all that work and not have it stand out!


4. Big Stitch

I think this one is really playful! I used a solid fabric for the binding on this quilt and the big stitch really adds some interest. I love the pop of yellow! Again I would do a contrasting color so that your stitches stand out. Show it off!


5. Scrappy Binding 

I really hate wasting fabric and this one left me with a lot of leftovers. I used all the remaining scraps and pieced together a scrappy binding. It worked out really well since the front is so colorful! I used an invisible hand stitch. 


Let me know if you give any of these a try!


Here are a few other blog posts you might enjoy:

Beginner Guide to Quilting

Chain Piecing

Half Square Triangles

Sewing with Triangles

Sewing with Curves



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  • Cynthia Gottlieb on

    What a great idea… the blanket stitch! Did you use a 12W or pearl #8 thread? I machine sew mine. Several different ways but what I like best is sew binding by machine on the backside. Use the same color thread in bobbin as quilting thread. That stitching on the front actually blends into the quilting stitching and the back stitching on the binding is perfectly sewn with an edge foot.

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