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Blind stitch the binding to your quilt

By Serena Nabeta | February 29, 2008

Hand tacking the binding down to the back of your quilt can be easy and fun to do, especially if you enjoy handwork. Here is a quick and easy way to stitch a blind stitch.

Fold the binding to the back of the quilt. Thread a small quilting needle with a single strand of thread and knot the end. Bring the needle through the seam allowance of the quilt and knot it a couple of times before starting to stitch the binding down. The thread end needs to be secure before you start stitching.

Fold the folded binding edge over the seam allowance of the quilt so the binding edge just covers the line of machine stitching where you attached the binding to the top of the quilt.

Run your needle under the backing fabric, in between the backing and batting, about a 1/4″ tuck of fabric. Bring your needle up and through a few threads of the folded edge of binding. Pull the thread securely. Be sure not to go through to the front of the quilt; you don’t want your stitches to show.

Repeat this over and over to tack the binding down the back of your quilt. Your stitches should be 1/4″ – 3/8″ to hold the binding down securely. Continue around the entire quilt and knot your thread in the seam allowance to tie off at the end.

Not sure how to attach your quilt binding to your quilt? See here.


Topics: Helpful Lessons, Quilting, Video Tutorials | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Blind stitch the binding to your quilt”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    thanks for the video!

  2. susan Says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Tacking the binding on by hand has always been a challenge for me. Thanks for the tips!

  3. sarah Says:
    March 18th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Wow! I’m so happy I found your video…I had been searching for hours for instructions on how to blind stitch my quilt binding and this is the first thing that actually made sense to me! Now I can’t wait to finish my first quilt. Thanks so much!

  4. Stephen, Erica, Kalli & Ziek Says:
    October 22nd, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Thanks Serena! I really appreciate your video – and so will my mother when she gets this quilt for Christmas that I’m making for her.

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