Friday, April 1, 2011

Pocket Binding/Binding Pocket ...a life changing tutorial.

This is a binding pocket on a washed & loved quilt.

You may laugh at the "life changing" part, but learning about binding pockets certainly changed my quilting life for the better.  My best friend Amie at The Fabric Warrior learned pocket binding from this video and then taught me in real life:

I have been using this method for a while now and I absolutely love it.  I'm doing a tutorial in still pictures so you can have a printable reference if you'd like to give it a go. 

 Take your binding fabric and cut your starting end at a 45 degree angle.  Fold over 1/4"-1/2".  I used pinking shears to cut down on fraying.  You could also use fray check if you like.   Make sure to cut any of the flap that overhangs the edge of the binding (you can use regular scissors here because it will be sewn eventually.
 I'm using a small coaster here to demonstrate.  Take the bottom edge of your binding and sew with 1/4" seam about 3" and stop.
 Now fold your binding over. Start sewing an inch or two  below the fold.  That is your binding pocket.  I usually leave more space but this was a small piece so I didn't have as much room to work with.
 Attach your binding like your normally would (this would also work for bias binding and rounded edges).  Stop sewing an inch or two before your binding pocket.
 Now cut your binding strip at a 45" angle making sure to leave about 1/4" or 1/2" longer than your fold in your binding pocket.  If in doubt, cut can always cut more but it is a pain to add more.

 Tuck your binding strip into your pocket like above.
 Sew your binding strip down once you have it in the pocket nicely.
Here is how it will look.  I like to tuck my binding in then sew the bottom part of the binding down and THEN go back and sew the top edge over.  It makes my pockets as tight as will appreciate this when you turn your binding over to finish it.

 Here is how it looks on the other side.  I actually machine stitched binding.  This is going to be a ridiculous excuse to cover my home in American Jane fabric an iron rest for me so I will never have to see the un-pretty bottom.

Thanks Amie for showing me this method.  It has definitely ended a lot of my binding frustration & procrastination.  I hope it does the same for y'all!  How do you attach YOUR binding ends?


  1. I love this method, also! I discovered it about a month ago-just in time for me to finish a lap quilt! Glad you love it, too!

  2. Oh, SO neat and tidy. Thanks for this. Blessings xx
    [I shall have to make another quilt now just to try it out]

  3. i used to do this method but i don't like the bulk that it makes where it's all attached. I now use the Fons and porter binding tool. it's amazing. here is a tutorial someone made for it.
    also i don't press the binding in half before applying it, because i read somewhere that it takes more fabric on the outside than the inside of the fold over to the back of the quilt. and hey any excuse not to iron. i'm there! :)

  4. Thanks for the idea. I'll have to try it because the ends drive me crazy. I have considered buying the binding tool. It costs about $10 at my LQS

  5. HOLY COW! I will never bind another way. I read it through twice because I'm a skimmer and didn't want to miss anything. I love this idea. Isn't the internet the best!

  6. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I've been quilting a pretty long time, but have never seen this. Terrific! Thank you!!

  8. This looks super easy, and I will definitely try it soon, although I've been using Heather Bailey's crazy-easy technique and I LOVE IT:

  9. Thank you! Making it visual was all I needed.

  10. I have been doIng this one for the last few quilts. I love it. Actually I am doing one tonight


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