Self-binding your quilt

Another way to finish your quilt is to self-bind it. Also known as fold-over binding because it’s made from the excess backing fabric and it’s literally folded over to the front side of the quilt!


Once the quilting has been done, normally all three layers of the quilt will be trimmed so that all edges are the same. Then binding is usually added to enclose all the raw edges.

When self-binding, and provided there is enough excess of the backing fabric, then the wadding only is trimmed to the size of the top. This can be easily but carefully done either with scissors or a rotary cutter by placing your cutting mat between the wadding and the backing fabric. I tend to leave about one and a half inches as this allows for two neat fold overs. Now press the edges in half so the backing fabric almost butts against the quilt top and wadding layers. Then fold over again onto the top of the quilt. Secure with pins if machine stitching or clips if doing by hand.



Corners can be tricky as they become bulky when folded. When I’ve tested that the corner is covered I then cut off the excess making sure I’ve left the complete final fold but enough of the first to still be able to fold and hide the raw edge. Because of the angle, a neat mitred edge is the result when folded. Now to finish!

When I’m binding on the machine, I tend to use pins and remove these as I get closer to them, holding down with my fingers and making sure they’re clear of the needle the closer I get! Corners need a little extra care so take it more slowly than usual. I like my sew-line to be quite close to the edge and this is no different on the corners.

When I’ve reached the start of the mitred edge I leave my needle in and turn my quilt so that I have the same distance on the next edge. Repeat until all four edges are completed and tie off your thread ends before you bury them. I then put in a few stitches by hand to secure the mitred corners completely.

Ta-dah! A nice, neat, self-bound quilt!


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