Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Double Fold Binding Tutorial :: Part Two

In my last blog post I shared how to make & attach double fold binding to a quilt, one of my favorite parts of quilting. Today I'll be sharing helpful tips + step-by-step instructions showing you how to hand stitch & finish your binding. I find this to be one of the most enjoyable & rewarding parts of quilting and hope you will too!


[1] Thread Heaven, a thread conditioner & protector. This is a great product for all types of hand stitching, not only binding. It helps keep your thread from breaking, eliminate tangles & knots, and from fraying -- yay!

[2] Thread. Choose a thread that matches your binding to help "hide" your stitches. I like to use a cotton thread, like Aurifil.

[3] Needle. I use John James: Sharps, size 11.

[4] Thimble. This Clover Leather Coin thimble is my favorite -- find one that fits + is comfortable to you!

[5] Scissor. A little one for clipping threads is perfect.

[6] Binding Clips. I like to use Clover Wonder clips, hair clips work too.


Start by folding the binding to the back of the quilt, making sure to cover the stitch-line made from machine sewing the binding to the front of the quilt. Place binding clips every 5" to 8" to help hold it in place. I like to work with one edge of the quilt at a time.


Thread (don't forget the Thread Heaven!) and knot your needle.  Take a stitch through the edge of the binding, hiding the knot between the quilt & binding. 


Take a small stitch through the back of the quilt and the edge of the binding. Pull the thread tight.

This step may look a little different than what you are used to seeing. I've found that by running my thread through the fold/center of the binding, rather than the back of the quilt, helps keep my binding looking crisp & hides my stitches. Start in the same place where you've just made a stitch. Poke the needle into the binding, run it through the fold/center of the binding, and back up 1/4" from the last stitch. Pull the thread tight.

Take a small stitch through the back of the quilt and the edge of the binding. Pull the thread tight. 

Continue, every 1/4", until you've reach the corner. Take an extra stitch in the corner to secure it. 

Turn the quilt & fold over the corner + next side of the binding, making sure to cover the machine stitch-line from sewing the binding to the front of the quilt. 

Take an extra stitch or two, through the back of the quilt and the binding, in the corner to secure it. 

Continue working your way around the quilt & the remaining three corners. Note: When changing threads, make sure to hide the knot between the quilt and binding. 


Your finished binding should look like this. 

The binding fabric I used in this tutorial is Tempo by Kanvas for Benartex Fabrics, you can find it at Fat Quarter Shop

Happy binding, 
xo, Megan. 


  1. probably a stupid question but how do you bury your knot after you run out of thread and at the end of your quilt? I always have a little knot...

  2. These two tutorials are great! I'm guessing Thread Heaven would solve my crazy thread problems. The obvious question is: where did you get that adorable Clover thimble? I haven't seen anything like it other than the plain leather ones! Again, thanks for a great tutorial!

  3. We do our bindings SO similar! I run my needle through the fold too, it's so much cleaner looking that way. Your pictures are crisp and beautiful and the instructions are clear. Great tutorial, Megan!

  4. Very beautiful quilt..looking so nice and beautiful design and color combination.
    Cardiac Surgery India

  5. That looks like French Fold binding, not double fold binding.

  6. This quilt looks great and thanks for another great tutorial!! I think this method is known by both names, I've heard it more commonly as double fold binding.

  7. Nicely done! Hope it's ok I shared on A Quilter's Table fb page...

  8. Very nice quilting..i like the color combination very nice ..looking very fresh..I have bookmark this tutorial. Thank you for the post.
    Oncology & Cancer Surgery India

  9. very nice quilt..i like your finishing in the quilt. looking so nice and very nice color.
    Best Hospital India

  10. What is the fabric on the back of this quilt called? The pink and white one. Great tutorial, thanks!