Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



Last week someone asked me, “Do you sew for fun?” The answer: Absolutely! I love to sew landscape quilts. Here’s my latest quilt, Sunset. When it came time to bind the quilt, I choose the leftover brown fabric from the background. After laying the binding strips around the quilt, the quilt looked constrained, closed-in. My solution? Add the binding, but make it hidden.


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial

We chose to make step-by-step samples of this binding technique from contrasting fabrics, using a small square of quilted fabric to represent the quilt. I must admit, the red/black/cream combo is in high contrast to the Sunset color scheme! Oops.

  • Measure the length of the quilt sides.
  • Cut binding strips 2-1/2″ wide.
  • Cut two binding strips the measurement of the quilt sides. (Piece the strips together, if needed, to create additional length.)


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



  • Fold the binding in half, meeting long edges and wrong sides; press.


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



  • Pin the binding to the quilt, right sides together, aligning the side edges.
  • Stitch with 1/4″ seam allowances.


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



  • Press the seam allowances toward the binding from the wrong side.

Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman

  • Fold the binding to the wrong side; pin the binding to the quilt.

Note from Nancy
Rather than placing the seam along the edge of the quilt, bring the seam ever so slightly toward the back of the quilt. (Notice the red edge along the left side, representing the quilt top.) The fabric naturally folds this way, while ensuring that the binding stays hidden from the right side. 

  • Hand stitch the folded edge of the binding to the wrong side, only catching the backing of the quilt in the stitching.


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



 

  • Measure the top and lower edges of the quilt.
  • Cut two binding strips the measurement of the top and lower edges plus 2″.
  • Pin the binding to the top and lower edges with 1″ of the binding extending at both ends.


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



  • Stitch the binding to the quilt with 1/4″ seam allowances.


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



  • Fold in the 1″ extensions and pin.


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



  • Fold the binding toward the back of the quilt, again allowing the seam to extend slightly to the back of the quilt.
  • Hand stitch.
  • Repeat the technique, adding the binding to the lower edge.

Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman

  • The binding is hidden!


Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial by Nancy Zieman



Intrigued by Landscape Quilting?

Natalie Sewell and I wrote the book,  The Art of Landscape Quilting. I think you’ll enjoy the easy, creative process of landscape quilting.


The Art of Landscape Quilting by Natalie Sewell and Nancy Zieman



More Binding Options

This is just one of several ways to bind a quilt. For additional techniques, see my book, Fearless Quilting Finishes. Or, check out this blog!  Fearless Quilting Finishes—Binding. (Note: The Hidden Quilt Binding is not included in the above book.)

Bye for now,

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