Sew Quilting Bindings in Six Easy Steps by Nancy Zieman

Here are my favorite steps to bind a quilt. Through the years of teaching sewing and quilting, this is my go-to quilt binding method. In the past, it was tricky for me to join the beginning and ending of the quilt binding. Not any more! I hope that you will enjoy this sewing tutorial on quilt binding.

Prepare binding strips.

  • Measure the length and width of your quilt.
  • Calculate the perimeter distance of your quilt by using this formula: width + width + length + length = perimeter.
  • Add 7″ to your perimeter calculation.
  • Stitch short ends of the binding strips, right sides together. Press seams open.
  • Cut one end of the binding at a 45° angle. Fold in 1/4″ at trimmed end.
  • Press a 1/4″ strip of paper-backed fusible web to the folded-under edge of the binding. Leave paper backing attached.

  • Fold binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press.

Attach binding to the quilt.

  • Meet the binding to the right side of the quilt, starting with the angle-cut end in the center of one side. Stitch binding to quilt with a 1/4″ seam, beginning 4″ from the end of the binding.

  • Prior to reaching the corner, fold the binding at a right angle. Press mark the fold.

  • Continue stitching, stopping at the press mark. Lock the stitch, raise the presser foot, and clip the threads.



  • Refold the binding at the 45° angle, aligning cut edge of binding with cut edge of the quilt.
  • Fold the binding down, meeting binding fold to top edge of quilt and binding cut edge to side edges.

  • Stitch a 1/4″ seam, starting at the folded edge.

  • Repeat the process at the remaining corners.

Join binding ends.

  • Remove the paper backing from the folded-under edge of the binding.



  • Overlap the binding’s trailing end.

  • Insert free end of binding inside beginning of binding so binding is smooth. Unfold binding and trim off excess length.
  • Stitch remainder of binding seam.

  • Press the newly created seam.

Finish binding edge.

  • Fold and press binding away from the quilt.
  • Then, fold binding to the wrong side, covering the stitching line and tucking in corners to form miters.
  • Hold binding in place with Wonder Clips or pins.

  • Secure edge of binding by stitching in the ditch from the right side, sewing in the well of the seam through all layers to catch the folded edge on the back of the quilt. Or, hand stitch folded edge in place.


 Ta Da! You’re finished.

Here’s a reference to have close at hand.

For additional quilt finishes, reference my book, Fearless Quilting Finishes. And, the DVD features all three parts of the series of the same name. The Sewing With Nancy staff makes certain that all the steps are carefully written and illustrated. Presenting sewing and quilting techniques is a team effort! Check out my blog post on borders and the blog post on stippling!

Watch Fearless Quilting Finishes (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

How to Sew a Quilt Binding

For a chance to win a copy of Fearless Quilting Finishes from Nancy’s Notions, please let me know your favorite quilting process.

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