Quilt binding ideas: machine- and hand-stitched options

June 25, 2024

Binding your quilt is the final step in completing your quilt, and there are so many styles to choose from! Some bindings can frame your quilt beautifully, while others give it a floating effect that makes it look like it’s just drifting off the edge. And some bindings are truly extraordinary!

In this post, we’re showcasing a variety of approaches to binding. We hope it gives you the inspiration you’re looking for as you finish your quilt! These first two binding options are machine-attached and hand-stitched on the back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Machine attached front and had stitched back

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Machine attached on front

This binding is quick and easy, done entirely by machine on both the front and back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Simple machine binding front and back

This beautiful binding is a machine piping binding created by Kathryn Fitzgerald.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Piping binding always adds interest, machine attached.

Next, we will discuss some binding techniques by award-winning quilter Marilyn Badger. She showcases several elaborate styles that are truly stunning. As you admire these beautiful bindings, consider incorporating elements you like into your quilts. From prairie points and scallops to bias binding and facings, you can even mix multiple techniques to create the perfect finishing touch for your quilts.

Simple bias strip binding, hand stitched on the back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Simple bias strip binding hand stitched on the back

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Hand stitched on the back

Bias straight piped binding, hand sewn on back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Bias straight piped binding -hand sewn on back

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Piping hand sewn on back

Piped bias curved binding, hand sewn on back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Piped bias curved binding - hand sewn on back

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Piped bias curved binding - hand sewn on back, alternate option

Dimensional edge with bias, attached to cover the seam on the front using a machine embroidery stitch, and faced on the back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Dimensional edge with bias attached to cover the seam on the front with machine embroidery stitch hand faced on the back

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Hand stitched faced on the back example

Dimensional edge with straight strips, sewn on the front by machine applique stitch, and hand-finished on the back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Dimensional edge with straight strips sewn on front by machine applique stitch and, faced on back by hand

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Hand stitched faced on the back

Dimensional edge with ribbon covering seam.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Dimensional edge with ribbon covering seam

Zigzag stitching on the back.

Quilt binding ideas: machine and hand-stitched options - Zigzag stitching on the back

The binding on your quilt can be about much more than providing a finished look and durability. Think of it as a way to showcase your creativity and passion.

Step outside your comfort zone and try these bindings on your next quilting project. We’d love to see pictures of you incorporating any of these techniques into your quilt. Happy quilting!

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