Sunday, October 3, 2010

All Machine Quilt Binding {Tutorial}

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I got several comments and emails after my Mug Rug post asking about the binding and how to do it completely by machine.  So here you go!

Square up and trim the edges of your mug rug first and the you are ready to attach the binding.  If this is your first go at machine binding, try it on a smaller piece like a mug rug or table runner.  I use a walking foot and it makes it very easy.  I also change my needle position to the closest to the machine.  You may have to experiment with this...
 With the raw edge of your binding lined up with the raw edge of your work, take your binding strip and attach it to the back of your work.  This is different than traditional binding but personally, I care more how the stitches look on the front than on the back.  I would rather have straight stitches holding the binding down on the front.

Leave a "tail" {approx 2-3"} of your binding so don't start stitching right at the beginning of your strip.  Doing this will make it easier to connect your strips together at the end.  Stitch to the first corner and stop 1/4" from the edge.  Backstitch and cut your threads.

Take your binding and fold up so that it now lines up with the next side your work.

 Keeping that fold, then fold down so that your binding is lined up nicely on the next side.  Return your work to the machine and begin stitching 1/4" from the corner.  That's it!  Repeat on each side until you get to the side you began on.

 Once you get to the original side, stop stitching to leave another approx 2" "tail".  At this point you will probably have to trim the tails; just make sure you leave enough for them to overlap each other by 2 inches. 

Now, with one tail {#1} laying flat, overlap the other one {#2} and measure 1/2" from the end of #1

Overlap #2 and mark that 1/2" on #2 and then cut along that line. You are now ready to stitch the two strips together to finish your binding!

Open both strips up and with right sides together and pin.

Stitch with a 1/4" seam

Fold your binding again and press if needed.

Return the piece to your machine and stitch, backstitching at the beginning and end, the rest of your binding down. You are now ready to attach the binding to the front!

With binding clips or straight pins, fold the binding over to the front and secure.  Continue around the entire piece.  At each corner you want a nice "V" where the point of the binding touches the previous edge. {This will make much more sense as you do it!}

 Once you have all the edges secured return to your machine.  With a stitch running very close to the edge of the binding, begin to stitch.  When you get to the corner, stitch far enough to secure the fold then with your needle down, lift your presser foot and turn your work to start the next side.  Lower your presser foot and continue on the next side.  Repeat until your binding is secure. 

*Make sure you remove your pins or binding clips as you go.  Don't even try to stitch over them or you will have a mess on your hands!*


Trim your threads and enjoy your work!  If you have any questions, feel free to comment here or email me :)

PS: My first mug rug sold so I've listed this one in my shop...


Becky said...

I hate hate hate to sew anything by hand, so when I sew on binding, I sew the binding on the top, as you did on the back, then flip the binding to the back and "stitch in the ditch" on the front right where the binding meets the quilt top, catching the binding on the back.

My 9 yr old son came up with another technique... Instead of stitch in the ditch, he used a decorative stitch to sew on the top once it's flipped over.

AnneMarie said...

Thanks for the tute! I was about to try this little adventure on my own... Hoping to speed up that binding process on a baby quilt where the baby's already here!

AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

Anonymous said...

I'm not a quilter, I have a small business from home making bags & accessories, and rely on blogs for inspiration to keep going! I just stumbled on your blog, and thought I'd let you know that it's great! I love your 'no obligation' pieces! Thanks for the encouragement! Keep it up!

Terriaw said...

I really need to do this with those mini quilt projects! I don't mind sewing on binding by hand, but on a smaller or even tiny project, this technique would be a nice way to crank out a last-minute gift. Thanks for sharing!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This is going right to all my family. I'm going to send out the link. I've been looking for a good binding tutorial and yours is PERFECT! My sisters/nieces call me and It is so hard to talk them through it on the phone.

Caroline said...

great tutorial, thank you

Peggy said...

I do the same thing except that I do a decorative stitch on the right side of the article instead of stitching close to the edge of the binding.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Thank you very much for posting this!! I just used it to tackle my binding and it was very very helpful!

Heather said...

I am very grateful that you posted this! I have been sewing a long time, but am just beginning to try my hand at quilting, and while I have loved it, the binding has been something I am struggling with. Thank you for putting this together.

Diane H said...

Thanks for this - will give it a try.

Bec said...

Hey Jennifer, I linked up to this tutorial in my binding post.. Hope thats ok.. xx Bec xx

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I just used it for the first time last night and now I don't hate sewing on the binding anymore!

Karen said...

Thank you! This has been SOOOOOOOOOO helpful!

K said...

I've tried this several times with so so results, I think it's important to emphasize the squaring up of the quilt before sewing the binding on initially, and then when you clip or pin it, make sure your " overhang" is even all the way around so you are sure to catch it, because sometimes I miss little pockets of the binding on the backside when I stitch in the ditch topside, lots of pins helps! I don't give up though, it sure beats hand sewing!

Maegan said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I made my first couple Mug Rugs last night - kinda of a sprint as they were a last minute gift - and I always do the "inside-out" method with a top stitch. This tute makes it sound easy enough that I can try it. I do love the look of a good binding! Thanks!

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