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3 Tips for Easy Quilt Binding

Quilt Binding Hacks

If you’re a quilter, you have got to check out these tips to make quilt binding a little bit easier for you! Some of these tricks I didn’t learn for a while, and I wish someone would have told me about them sooner. I hope you try out one of these and that it makes quilt binding a little easier for you.

Check out this video to see 3 tips to make binding a quilt super easy:

National Quilting Day

Did you know that the month of March is actually National Quilting Month?! The Third Saturday every March is celebrated as National Quilting Day! To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with a dozen quilting educators to share lots of amazing quilting tips and techniques with you!

Head to the description of my YouTube video to find links to all the quilting tips!

Quilt Binding Hacks

1. Zigzag or Serge around the edges of your quilt before binding

At first glance, this tip might just feel like an added or unnecessary step, however, sealing all your quilt layers together before adding your binding is dual purpose. Adding a zigzag stitch around all edges of your quilt prior to binding helps tame those bulky layers and control any loose threads, making adding your binding easier! It also provides an extra level of sturdiness around the edges of the quilt!

If you have a serger, I recommend using it. I prefer the serger because it trims off any excess batting or fabric while it’s sewing. However, I wouldn’t necessarily go out and buy a serger just for this purpose. A regular sewing machine with a zig zag stitch does the trick just fine too.

2. Utilize the spool pin to hold the binding

Have you ever rolled up your binding like a tight little cinnamon roll? Maaayybe I just really love cinnamon rolls, but this is the easiest way I have found to keep my binding neat and orderly.

If your machine has an extra spool pin that flips upright, you can use it to keep your binding tidy while you are sewing.

Alternatively, you could pin or clip the binding all the way around the quilt before you begin sewing but, honestly, I am too lazy for that. I did it when I first started quilting but discovered that I much prefer to use the “cinnamon roll” quilt binding method instead.

3. Use glue to baste it down before sewing the second side

It took me way too many failed attempts to figure out how to machine quilt the binding without tons of gaps where the stitches did not actually catch the binding on the other side… until… I started using glue!

Elmer’s glue works well, or Tacky Glue.

Just iron the binding in place, and then use a thin line of glue to baste the binding down. Using an iron on top of your fabric will help dry the glue very fast so it’s ready to be sewn. Make sure you watch the video above to see it in action!

Complete Quilt Binding Tutorials

OK so now that you’ve seen the tips, maybe you’re left with more questions than answers. Have no fear, I’ve got more videos for you to watch and learn alll the basics for quilt binding.

You might enjoy reading through every step in this 3-part quilt binding series:

  1. Prepping for binding
  2. Machine Sewing Quilt Binding
  3. Hand Stitching Quilt Binding

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