Sunday, September 8, 2013

Binding Corners Tutorial: Square and Pretty

My grandmother requested a tutorial explaining how to get square, pretty corners when applying the binding.  Memaw this is for you...

**This tutorial does not include the entire binding process, you can find that tutorial here:  Quilt Binding Tutorial.  This focuses strictly on the corners.

1.  The first step is to make sure the corners are squared off accurately before attaching the binding.

2.  When approaching the first corner, stop 1/4" from the edge and backstitch to lock in the stitching. 

3.  Remove the quilt from the machine and lift the binding straight up.

4.  Then pull it straight down with the fold on the edge of the quilt and pin in place.  This process allows for a little extra binding in the corner.  If there is not enough binding to form the corner, the corner will end up rounded and distorted.

5.  Continue sewing the binding starting at the folded edge that is pinned.  Repeat the same process for each of the corners.

6.  Once the binding is completely stitched to the front (remember if you need those directions, check out the Quilt Binding Tutorial), fold the binding over to the back and start whip stitching into place just below the binding stitching line from where it was sewn to the front of the quilt.

When approaching the corner, fold the binding down flat and stitch up to 1/4" from the edge.

7.  Then fold down the next side and pull the thread through the same point (1/4" from edge) of the binding from the next side.  Use pins to help keep the binding in place while stitching.

It may be helpful to press the binding with an iron in each of these steps to help keep it in place during stitching.  It just makes the binding behave and the job a little easier.

8.  Continue stitching the binding down and repeat this process for each corner.  When it is all complete, the binding will be very neat and the corners will be square and pretty... which makes for a happy quilter.

You can find the pattern for this Reversible Table Runner here on my Etsy site.

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Thank you! This looks really nice and neat. I love the look when it is hand sewn.

  2. and that's how it'd done....I believe the stop of 1/4" before you get to the end of the side is so key! Mine are looking better each time I do em! Tell Memaw "straight on" and thanks for such a lovely pictorial tute!

  3. Nice, thanks! Mine are perfect sometimes and not others and I've been wondering why. I don't square off as carefully as you suggest so that's probably why.

  4. Such a pretty quilt and pretty corners!

  5. pretty corners definitely make happy quilters! We fold corners in exactly the same way!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  6. I can never get the corners right! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial :-)


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