I just finished up a quilt for my own bed and I thought that I would put together a quick tutorial for you.  I have always sewn my quilt binding by hand, but after spending so much time on all the detail of my new quilt by the time I got to the binding I was ready to be done with it.  This seriously saved me at least a week of hand sewing.  So with just a few steps I am going to show you a pretty slick way to sew your binding down nicely, the first time.

I used the Heat N Bond Lite 5/8” on my binding.


  1. 1.        Sew the binding on your quilt.

  1. 2.        Iron on the Heat N Bond lite to the inside of the binding.

  1. 3.       Peel the paper off.

    1. 4.        Iron the binding over so that it is just slightly covering the stitching from step 1.

  1. 5.        Sew in the ditch on the front of the quilt.

  1. 6.        Turn your quilt over and admire your work.  You will notice a perfectly sewn binding.  YEAH HOO!!

  1. 7.       Now clip all your threads and put your new quilt to work.

I was inspired to make this quilt from an anthropology catalog and with the very high price tag on it I decided to go ahead and make my own.  It was definitely a little more work than I thought it was going to be, but definitely worth it.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and find that it has helped in your binding troubles.

Jenifer Cowles

0 comment on Sewing your Quilt binding by machine

  1. PatSloan
    October 20, 2011 at 11:18 am (13 years ago)

    Fabulous!! Now I want the pattern for the quilt!!!

  2. rebeccakeppel
    October 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm (13 years ago)

    what a great tutorial and that quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  3. Chris
    November 22, 2011 at 10:01 am (12 years ago)

    I love this quilt…any chance of sharing the pattern?

    • jencowles11
      November 29, 2011 at 11:35 am (12 years ago)

      Thanks so much Chris for your interest, I saw the picture in an anthro catalog and just made it up. I will try to put it down on paper 🙂