Quilt Binding: Joining Ends, Marci Baker of Alicia’s Attic

Quilt Binding: Joining Ends, Marci Baker of Alicia’s Attic

Welcome to the Clearview of Quilting, I’m Marci Baker
of Alicia’s Attic. Today I’m going share with you how to join the ends of your binding so that no one can tell the last seem from any other.
So here I’ve made up a sample quilt I have my top, my batting, and my backing; and I have
started applying these strips to the quilt. At the beginning I
leave a tail of eight to 10 inches and I back-stitch and apply the binding to
the quilt and I would miter at the corners and
come around and the other and I will stop about 8 to 10 inches away. The
more space you leave here the easier this is going to be. And I leave a tail of about 8 to 10 inches. So we have those. Notice that this binding is not folded in
half. I don’t pre-fold my binding because it turns out that
whenever you’re working with your binding strips and applying them, you need more fabric on the outside than you do on the inside. If
you’ve ever found that fold that you put into it didn’t fall right where you expected, it’s
because you going to have more fabric on the outside your binding then you are on the inside. Another thing
I vary my strips depending on how thick my batting is. This batting is only an eight inch thick,
and I’m doing a quarter inch seam allowance and I want to finished 1/4 inch on the
front and on the back. So this is a 1 3/4 inch wide strips so we’ve got our binding applied, and we’ve
got our ends, we’ve left open 8 to 10 inches. Now we’re going to find that point that matters. I’m going to put the
strips right sides together. Notice that they’re open, not folded in
half. And I’m gonna find point where these matchup about halfway
between my two ends, and that I’m not so loose that I’m away
from the quilt, and I’m not so tight that I’m
pulling up either end that my binding, but just where the binding falls nice
and neat along the quilt. And I have a critical point that I’m
gonna pin… That critical point is my seam
allowance end. I’m doing quarter-inch it’ll be a 1/4 inch in where those two match, and I’m going to pin that in place. So I’m going to pin the point… that critical point and I’m just gonna catch a couple
threads on this side, and a couple threads on that side. And that I’m going to be able
to sew together. So now we have that critical
point pinned, and I’m going to take and lay this out and you have to bunch up the quilt here. So buch the quilt up and I’m going to lay one strip flat, and I like to work
on a table when I’m doing this. And then I’m gonna take
and twist this other end around, so that I have these two strips
lying on top of each other and that their flat. Once I get it so
that this is flat and this is flat over here, I’m going to
be sewing from where these two edges cross, to wear these two edges cross, in a
straight line. It turns out it doesn’t matter if I get
an exact 45, I could even do this right here. Where I twist it back a little bit. But
what I’m gonna need to do is pin this. And I’ll take two pins… and pin it this way. and now, when I so from this point over to this point, I will be going
through my critical point. That critical point means this is going to fit. Let me go ahead and sew
that. So I’ve sewn those together and here you can see, I made sure I
stitch from where those to cross two where those two cross. And my critical point was about there. But I had to pull that pin out so I didn’t stitch over it. And I’m going to check before
I cut these, I want to make sure that is going to fit. So I just take this and fold it, or just pull it, and I can see that
that is going to lay nice and neat on my
quilt top. Now I know it fits I’m going to take and trim this to a
quarter-inch. I’m going to press that seem open. And i tend to just finger-press it. And now that folds over and fits and I’m ready
to stitch that down.
That’s how to join your
binding see you can’t tell that last seam from any other seam. And we did it without a ruler, without a lot of measuring, just a couple of pins.

100 thoughts on “Quilt Binding: Joining Ends, Marci Baker of Alicia’s Attic

  • I always wondered what the secret of the universe was. Now I know. It is this method of quilt binding….lololol. This is so awesome. Thanks for posting this video. You saved my life.

  • Thank you so SO much for this video! It was so easy to follow, I had gone through several videos and this worked a treat 🙂

  • Excellent! Thank you for sharing your technique. Arranging the ends in an "X" or a "Cross," after finding and then pinning the critical point , and then sewing from edge to edge and through the critical point, looks so much easier than other methods I've been taught. I've bookmarked your video and I'll definitely be trying this method on my very next binding.

  • You really are a wealth of information and we appreciate you sharing this for all to inprove their quilting.

  • This is the best binding ending advice I have seen! This can be very confusing…but Marci makes it quite clear. I also like the idea of NOT ironing a fold into the binding.

  • Thank you so very much for helping me be successful, for the first time, in perfectly joining the ends of my binding! Your videos are wonderful, and I bless you for making them available free!

  • Thankyou Marci! Your method is great, simple, and it really helped to see it demonstrated so well. I will skip ironing the binding on my next quilt!

  • I really enjoyed your video, understood every step..went to your site and ordered binding and mitered corner sheets.
    Kudo's to you,

  • Marci, thanks. Your video saved me as I am just finishing a quilt for my girlfriend's 1st grandbaby. I appreciate your wisdom and experience. My binding looks great now thanks to your excellent instruction. Thank you again. And sew it is.

  • Marci, many thanks! Your video saved me many hours of frustration as I am just finishing a quilt for my girlfriend's 1st grandbaby.This is just my 2nd quilt; I appreciate your wisdom and experience. My binding looks great now thanks to your excellent instruction. Thank you again. And sew it is.

  • Much better explaining and showing then the last video I watched on the same subject! I didn't even finish watching the last one, I gave up because she lost me. Your directions are very clear and understandable. Thanks so much!

  • Excellent! I weeded through a lot of other videos before finding this. This was exactly what I was needing. Very, very helpful.
    Thanks a bunch!

  • The only thng I would add to this excellent video is the explanation of right and wrong sides of the binding. Maybe it's a given to some, but I struggled with this otherwise perfect video.

  • Oh good grief! Is THAT all there is to it? Why do all other instructions make it seem like such a big deal? I just that moment finished the binding on a baby quilt that I had been putting off because I HATE that stupid join. Thank you so very much Marci. Your instructions are perfect! I didn't time myself but it couldn't have taken more than a minute or two. I also took your advice and didn't press the binding in half. Excellent idea.

  • Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! This is the first straight forward, easily understood and easy to find video.

  • OH MY GOSH! I just did mine, while watching the video and posting, and it worked the FIRST time! Thank you so much! Of course, I'll have to do it a few times before I can it on my own, but I was shocked that I could do it.

  • hHere are many videos on youtube showing this procedure – where you shine is taking the time to show the details up close and to describe in a simply manner exactly what you are doing. Awesome for a newbie like me! Thank you.

  • Watched through once, second time I followed each step as you did and success. Very clear video. Thank you.

  • I come back to this for review time and again. I'll have to purchase your download! Thanks for this great tutorial.

  • Thank you! I always have problems joining and am now going to try it. Have one downstairs just waiting! (My grand daughter's first placemat. She did the piecing, QAYG, and I'm doing the binding for her. She'll be 9 next month.)

  • I also thank you. This is the way that I have always done it. I purchased the binding tool thinking that that was the way to go. I found that my old way works better for me. I guess no matter what we have to do what works better for us.

  • Thank you for saving the day! I had no idea how to finish my quilt binding ends and your demonstration made it 'sew' easy!

  • Very well done. Explained well. Excellent camera work. Nice use of contrasting fabrics so that the work is easily seen. Good solid technique. Thank you for your assistance!

  • Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! After struggling with trying to match the ends of my binding I found your video! What a big help! 🙂 I am saving it to my play list!! Did I say, Thank you? 🙂

  • Thanks so much Marci, this will be extremely helpful to me. Being left handed, I have always fought with these video bindings, etc. Great Video and easy!

  • Thank you for this! I've tried other tutorials of this, and made 8-10 tries before getting it right (I swear some tries were the same mistakes as earlier tries, I mean, how many wrong ways are there to do this?). With your tutorial, I got it on the first try, looks great and both ends are right-side out, facing the right way. Yay! Thanks for saving my sanity.

  • Love it. Simple' straight to the point directions easy to follow. I have not been able to quilt for about 3 years and needed a brush up. Thank you for making it so easy to follow…

  • Oh my gosh this is one of the easiest methods I've seen. I plan to make myself a sample and try this. I can get it tight. My problem is which way the tails go and which direction to stitch. I always get twists and end up doing it no less than 5 times before it's going in the right direction. Thank you and I'll look for the print out. Joan Lowder, W-S, NC

  • Thank you so much for eliminating my binding frustration. The ends always made me crazy. This is so perfect the first time and every time.

  • I've used this video until I got it down pat. I share it with other quilters. Thank you so much for explaining and showing it so clearly.

  • Thank you for your clear and understandable tutorial.  I was able to have the binding finish perfectly.  First time I haven't resorted to simply stitching it straight across.

  • Just wanted to say – this is one of the best tutorials I have seen on closing a binding!  🙂  Short and sweet – you  make it very simple and easy to understand.  I have a few of these saved and whenever I need a refresher I come back, however even some of the biggest names in quilting have made this simple task look over complicated.  Your explanation hits all the right points without being too much – THANK YOU!  🙂

  • What a wonderful tutorial on finishing a quilt binding!  I struggled for an hour with a tool I bought, and even watched their tutorial and couldn't make it work. Thankfully I didn't cut anything using it.  I looked at your video and did it right the first time.  I'm sharing this with my quilt guild.  Thanks so much!

  • Thanks for a great video.  I've been quilting for several years but always forget how to do this!  I've bookmarked this and will watch it until I get it right LOL

  • going from point to point is the 'valley', so you are going from valley to valley!  good tip on joining, thanx!

  • Gosh.  So easy.  I usually am fine when my quilts are regular edge.  At the moment I am trying to finish a quilt that has a circular shape.  The binding finishing is not looking good.  My usual method—which looks a LOT like yours except that I use the width of the bias tape as a cutting guide for crossing over the two ends—just leaves me with too much bias tape.  Am I just not being careful?  Or is there a different way to get precise, good-looking finished seams on oval or circular edges?  Thanks for any help you can offer.

  • Thanks for this video, I have just finished a baby's first quilt and got to the stage of the binding as you have here and I couldn't for the life off me remember what to do next! I have had a gap of at least 3 years in my quilting etc. due to my husband's terminal illness and now am feeling creative again and looking forward to my first grandchild and two first babies for my nieces. I am finding that I am having to relearn a lot of technique but it's fun.

  • Great tutorial! I just put my binding on and I really wish I would've seen this first. Next time I'll use this technique for sure!!!

  • This is my first time binding a quilt and I just couldn't figure the ending – I watched tutorial after tutorial and none worked – YOURS DID! My brain is a bit disabled due to a vestibular disorder and your method worked! THANK YOU!

  • I watch this over and over again, every time I come to this step, because you make this simple and easy to understand. Thank you so much.

  • I love the simplicity and ease with which to join a binding your way! Thank you so much for this video; I'm so dense that I do have to watch it from time to time, so please don't ever take it off! xo

  • To complicated . Pin here measure this to many numbers . Seen easier methods . Used 2 of them very simple to follow . I will stick with those

  • I love this method, would you mind filming it again as it is really hard to see the detail as so fuzzy. Cameras are so much better these days.

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