Getting the Perfect Corner on Your Binding

How to Get a Perfect Corner on Your Quilt Binding Tutorial

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

The way I put binding on my quilts is nothing new or groundbreaking, but it’s still my favorite technique. For a full tutorial on how to bind a quilt, make sure to check out my post all about it!

How to Bind a Quilt Tutorial

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…

Sewing on Binding

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.

How to Sew a Binding Corner

Sew straight to the corner. Backstitch.

getting binding corners to be square

Remove quilt from under the presser foot and trim threads. Fold binding up, making a straight line with the quilt edge.

How to make a square binding corner

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.

How to bind a quilt

Start sewing again at the corner, backstitch, and repeat these steps at each corner.

getting a perfect corner binding

Take a look—your corner should look something like this:

how to bind a quilt corner

Now it’s onto the rest of the sewing and then hand sewing the binding on…you’re almost there!

getting a straight corner on quilt binding

Don’t forget to leave plenty of space for joining your binding when you’re finished.

How to join binding

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?

Check out these fun quilt patterns!

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:

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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!

All quilt patterns are available in my shop, so order your copy today!

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How to Get a Perfect Corner on Your Quilt Binding Tutorial


  1. Why don’t you show the finished corner?

  2. What machine hare you using. Beautiful straight stitch!!!

    • Hi Venora,

      Thanks for your question. I use a really simple Janome 4623LE Plus. There’s no computer—it’s very very basic. I just got a Brother from my Mom though, which I’m excited to try out!

  3. This is so very very helpful and simple and elegant. Thanks.

  4. Thank you! It worked perfectly.

  5. I would like to keep a copy of your Quilt Binding Blog on our Peace River Quilters Guild facebook group, but since you don’t have a .pdf with that information, I can’t post it. Now, I could copy the whole thing and put it on a word document and create a .pdf, but I feel as though I would be stealing your work. Can you create a .pdf so that we can post it on our Facebook Group? Please let me know – lots of people are asking for it. Many thanks, Pamela Hunt

    • Hi Pamela,

      Thanks so much for your question! If you’d like to make a PDF, you’re welcome to! Alternatively, you can just copy the URL and post it in your group. It’ll give them a nice little preview and will take them straight to the blog post 🙂

      Thanks so much for asking & happy sewing!

  6. Thank you for this binding corners tutorial. I use it with each guilt I make. Makes such nice neat corners.

  7. Thanks out was very helpful

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