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Hand Quilt Your Binding


If you know me, you know I love the look of hand quilting.  I even have a tutorial on hand quilting an entire quilt top.  You can also read my Best Kept Binding Tip before diving into the hand quilting.

Here’s a couple of my older quilts with hand quilted work:

Recently, I posted a video on Instagram doing some hand quilting quilt binding, (that’s a mouth full!) and the questions came flooding in.  I decided it was time to share tips on how to hand quilt your quilt binding.


Here’s the video I shared on Instagram. Note: This is NOT my tutorial video.  To watch the tutorial, click HERE



You will need the proper thread, needles, thimble, and scissors.  I also like using needle grippers , a magnetic needle minder, and a needle threader.  Those last items aren’t musts, but I do love using them.


hand quilting your quilt binding

Once you have your supplies and your quilt binding is ready to be sewn to the back of your quilt:

  1. Tie a knot on the end of your thread and hide the knot under your binding.

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  1. Once the knot is hidden, pull your needle from the bottom of the binding to the top.  Make sure your knot, needle, and thread have caught your backing fabric, but NOT the front of your quilt.
  2. Do a simple stitch all around your backing, making sure your needle and thread only catch your backing and batting, not the front of your quilt, so that your stitches do not show on the front of your quilt.

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  1. Don’t worry too much about the length and size of your stitches.  If you REALLY dislike some of them, unpick and redo them.  Just remember that the purpose of hand quilting your binding is to give a handmade look – and handmade looks imperfect.  So embrace your uneven stitches!
  2. When you are ready to end your stitching, or you run out of thread, pull the needle to the backing of your quilt.  Tie a knot (or two) as close to your backing as possible.  NOTE: make sure your knot is placed on your backing so it will be hidden by your binding.  For visuals on this, watch my YouTube video tutorial HERE.

NOTE: To read notes on the following pictures, hover over each photo to read the captions.

I hope this makes you excited to try hand quilting your quilt binding!  I love it, and I hope you do, too.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me.  I’m happy to help.


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