Make a faced binding

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Quite often I think bindings can visually distract from an art quilt. Of course there are times when the binding integrates visually to the overall design of a quilt and is a necessary design element. But for my quilts I find a frame of color around the outside edge of the quilt to be distracting. I don’t really like big wooden frames on painted canvases either, so I guess that is just my personal preference.

So, when I make large art quilts, I like to make faced bindings, which creates a very clean finish to the front of a quilt (and you can never get a critical comment from a judge that your binding is not evenly filled either, lol).

The first thing you need to do is cut a four inch wide strip of fabric for each side of the quilt that is about 4″ longer than each side.

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press.

After I have trimmed the quilt to size, I machine stitch the edge to secure any quilting lines that have been cut and to keep the 3 layers secured while sewing the binding on.

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Pin the binding fabric to the front of the quilt with a couple extra inches of binding at either end.

With a pencil place a mark 1/4″ from the top edge of the quilt, do the same at the bottom edge of the quilt. This is where you will begin and end stitching. Stitch binding down with 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Fold the binding back at a 45° angle, place the next binding down and repeat the previous step.

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Finger press the second binding at a 45° angle.

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This finger pressed line will be your stitching line.

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Bring the two binding edges together, matching up the finger pressed lines and pin.

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Pull the quilt out of the way and stitch along the finger pressed line.

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Stop stitching at the pencil mark.

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Trim seam to 1/4″ and finger press open.

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Trim bulk of seam allowance away at corner being careful not to cut the stitching line.

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Trim the seam allowance at an angle toward the corner.
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Turn the binding to the back, poking the corner out to a point with your finger or with a blunt pointed object. Press the binding along the edge of the quilt with a hot iron. Then slip stitch the binding to the back of the quilt.
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A nice clean finish!
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25 Responses to “Make a faced binding”

  1. Melissa P says:

    Judy, this has to be the most beautiful tutorial out there!

  2. jojo says:

    Thanks so much Judy! Beautiful quilt!

    Also – where did you get that measuring tool? Is it paper? I want one in acrylic or whatever that hard plastic is – lol. It’s too early in the morning.


  3. Beth P. says:

    Thanks so much for clearly explaining this process. It is something that I have wanted to try. The pictures are so helpful!

  4. Karen S says:

    This is great! Thank you so much for posting this — I always wanted to know how to do this (my “experiments” weren’t working so well).

  5. Jenny says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been thinking about doing some faced bindings but couldn’t find a clear tutorial out there. Last time, I wanted to do this, I ended up putting it on a stretched canvas. Very hard to put that thing away. I’ll be removing it and trying out your tut soon!

  6. geni says:

    Thanks for your clearly written instructions!

  7. Jeannie says:

    Excellent tut! You explained it so well that even my sleep deprived brain understood! Thanks Judy!

  8. Gerrie says:

    You make this look so easy. Beautifully done. I will try it again because I really like how it looks.

  9. @ Melissa, Thanks!!!!!

    @Jojo, That tool, made by Dritz, came in my teacher bag at festival, it is awesome! I found one here on Amazon

    @everyone else, you are welcome! It really is a pretty easy binding to do and I love the way it comes out.

  10. Jane LaFazio says:

    wonderful, and so easy, I really think I could do it! thanks Lyric

  11. Jill Berry says:

    Beautiful, precise and so well done. Thank you!

  12. Jane LaFazio says:

    JUDY, oops. Can you tell I was looking at all the wonderful tutorials we’ve posted…
    dear Judy, such a lovely faced binding. thank you!
    love, Kelli
    oops, I mean, love, Jane

  13. Anita says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I made my first pillowcase facing last week and love the finish, but your mitered facing is wonderful.

  14. Lisa says:

    Beautiful! I knew this couldn’t be too hard but I have been a little timid about trying it. I think I can manage that! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  15. katie says:

    thank you judy, wonderful tutorial! i’ve bound quilts using this binding before but the directions were never this clear and precise – especially the photo of the mitered corners on the wrong size. you do such beautiful work…

  16. cindy shake says:

    Your sewing is just beautiful and your corners are even BETTER!! Great step-by-step, even I just may be able to do this!!

  17. I can’t thank you enough for this tutorial! I have been wanting to start doing my quilt edges this way for a LONG time and this is actually the first tutorial that made sense of it for this visually directed person! I will be trying it out this morning! You can never have too many pictures in a tutorial! Thank you, thank you!

  18. Annika says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Very clear and helpful instructions! :)

  19. Maryse says:

    Perfect just what I needed today.I was marveled at the International Quilt Show in Long Beach,CA a few quilters were finishing thier quilts this way…Voila me too now! thanks so much for sharing!Have a creative week…

  20. Laurie says:

    Nice tutorial! How do you hang the quilt-with a sleeve? And is it gallery ready with this method? Thanks because I was going to put my latest piece on a stetcher frame and I like this idea better.

  21. Hi Laurie,

    Gloria Hansen has a great tutorial on making a quilt sleeve here
    all you need is a wood rod or slat, then put a screw eye in each end. Then the quilt can be hung by two small nails that the screw eyes can slip over on the wall.

  22. jojo says:

    I’ve been confirmed for your class in Long Beach – weeeeeee!

    Thanks for the info! See you in July:)

  23. Totally brilliant. Thank you!

  24. Dodie Holst says:

    Thank you for the binding tutoral. This is one of my down falls. Hopefully this will help!

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