Binding can make or break your quilt. You could have done it all right from start to finish: getting straight cuts, squaring up each block, snipping every thread, and pressing every seam perfectly. But your binding might make all that hard work go unnoticed! Nothing is worse than a wonky corner on your binding. So, let’s make sure that your quilt is as good as it can be: here is a full-picture tutorial on how to get the perfect binding corner on every quilt!
My Binding Method
How to Get Square Corners on Binding
Once you’ve started sewing along the edge of your quilt to secure the binding, you’re going to come to a corner—now what?! Here’s where the fun begins: sew until you’re about 1/4″ from the corner…
Now, put your needle down into the fabric 1/4″ from the edge, raise the presser foot, and turn so that the corner is at a 45 degree angle.
Sew straight to the corner. Backstitch.
Remove quilt from under the presser foot and trim threads. Fold binding up, making a straight line with the quilt edge.
Holding the diagonal fold in place, fold the binding back down along the quilt edge. Make sure that your edges match and that your diagonal fold didn’t move at all. This might take a few tries.
Start sewing again at the corner, backstitch, and repeat these steps at each corner.
Take a look—your corner should look something like this:
Now it’s onto the rest of the sewing and then hand sewing the binding on…you’re almost there!
Don’t forget to leave plenty of space for joining your binding when you’re finished.
My favorite way to join binding edges is with the Fons & Porter Binding Tool (affiliate link). Make sure to check out my full tutorial on how to use the Fons & Porter Binding tool to join binding edges, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it can be!
Looking For A New Quilt To Bind?
Did you know that in addition to fantastic tutorials, I offer quilt and sewing patterns? Here’s a few of my favorites, but make sure to see them all in my shop:
Timber! is one of my most popular patterns—and who could blame that little bear cub?!
Shiplap is a modern twist on a favorite nautical image, and a quick quilt pattern to boot!