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After reading about the problems we have with the traditional narrow quilt binding (lumps, curves, keeping it even, etc) I started thinking about how I use a facing on shirt cuffs and collars, and how I could apply that to a quilt. Here's my solution:


I add the borders to the quilt until it's the size I want. Sometimes I finish the quilting in the outside border...sometimes I leave the outside border unquilted. Then I cut one more border the same width as the last one, and sew it on as if it was going to be another border on the front, just stitching to the top -- not all the way through all layers. I top stitch it on the outside edge of the last seam, very close to the seam, just like on a collar facing on a shirt. I press the seam, then fold it to the back on the seam, and press it flat, so the last border is now on the back of the quilt.


I make sure I have enough batting to fill to the edge...sometimes double batting, so it makes a thicker frame on front and back. I miter the corners to the inside (a little tricky to figure out, but it just takes patience and practice). I press the edge of the border under -- sometimes I do this before I sew it on -- and hand stitch the edge to the backing of the quilt.


I end up with a border on the back, the same width as the outside border on the front. The corners are perfectly square, and the edge is nice and straight. I like the frame effect with thick batting and no quilting in the border, but it could be quilted too.


OK -- am I nuts for not liking that thin, lumpy binding, and giving the back of my quilt a facing/border?

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I like the way this sounds. I'm going to try it. Sounds like it could make a quilt a little more reversable, since there is a border on the back.

I always bring my backing around to the front, turn it under and make it the width I want, and then machine stitch it very close to the edge with my zipper foot. If I had a walking foot, I would use that. Sometimes I make it a little larger so it looks like another border, but most times I make it about 1 1/2 or 2 inches. I saw a way to do the mitred corner using this method from a flip and sew free pattern on a website. You can see it on one of my photos, the quilt that was a shelter project and has the colors of a bird of paradise plant. (I'm not sure if we can post pictures here).

I'm going to go and look at your pictures.

Thanks for sharing your method, I'm going to give it a try!

I don't especially like the look of binding on quilts, so I seldom do it. When I do cut strips, I don't cut on the bias either, just on the length of fabric, so it doesn't stretch. Sometimes, I just bring the front & back edges, folded under a 1/4 of inch, pin it, then edge stitch it a little ways from the edge. I just like how the edges look this way & never had a problem with a finish quilt edge either, or complaints from any quilt I gifted to anyone. I don't quilt in the borders either, usually they are too narrow anyway, & I want it to set off the quilt, no detract from it. I think we should do our quilt edges any way we want, just like we do our quilts, right! Works for me!...
No, you aren't "nuts" at all :)
i just finished my first quilt and am having trouble doing the binding is there way that i can sew the borded on after i sew it to the quilt and not by hand
I sew mine to the back sometimes, then turn the edges down & kind of top stitch it to the front side. If you don't want to do mitered corners, just add strips on each of the four sides, overlapping at the corners & stitching them down. Hope this makes sense! Just keep it simple & it will look great!
i sewed mine to the front and and have to flip it over and so how do i sew it so it looks right
Just do it the same, but on the back side. I would pin it in place, to make sure it would cover the front edge, along the edge, while stitching. That should work...
I have heard of people using iron-on 'stick em' (can't remember the brand name) to iron & glue the binding to the back so it's stuck in the right place and straight. Then when you machine sew from the front, you don't have to worry about the back edge of the binding moving around and possibly not getting caught in your line of stitching. The sticky stuff is like double stick tape, where you peel off the strip of waxy backing, iron it where you want it on the under side of the back of your binding strip, then iron the binding to the quilt back. Washable glue stick might work too.
Hey Kirsten -- found some of the basting tape I was telling you about. Here's a link: http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com/sewing/specials/page_1.html The tape is called 'Collins Wash Away Wonder Tape'. You can stick the quilt binding to the backing and get it all straight, then machine stitch on the front side and catch the back edge of the binding to finish it off.

Can I ask...what's your objection to stitching the back of the binding by hand? It does give a cleaner finish to the back of your quilt...
i can't get it to look nice and my hand gose to sleep fast cause i need sugery on it. I want to do it my self cause it is a wedding gift for my son so if i can't get ti done i think i know of a lady who might do it for me so it will still be hand made This is my first major quilt and not quite sure what it is to look like
I regularly use the technique you've described. I've found a product call Stitch Witchery, which is available on a roll and is just under a quarter-inch wide. It's extremely thin (weblike),so it doesn't add stiffness or bulk to the bound edge. It enables me to sew my binding on by machine without it slipping and getting cattywompus. Also, it requires no pins, which being on the edge, always seem to stick and poke me like crazy. I love the look of a hand-sewn binding, but I hate hand sewing, and won't do it.
Like the idea of using double sided fusable to hold the fabric while sewing. Using a water disolvable is even better. I usually do bindings by hand and use a ruler to measure out the binding to ensure that it is even all the way around. I have used the turn over method, fold each side to meet then slip stich them together and sew a binding on depending on the project and it's usage.
I plan to try the fusable method so I can machine sew the binding on. My stich in the ditch finishing until now has left alot to be desired! Hope this will help.


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