How to make single-fold binding: video (sew smart!) 📹

From Patchwork Loves Embroidery TooWhether you bind your projects using a machine/hand-sewing combo or sew 100% by machine, binding provides that special finishing touch that makes our quilts complete. And what a joy it is to get to that nearly-done stage!

There are lots of techniques for sewing double-fold binding (see here and here for a few), but have you tried single-fold binding? For smaller projects, such as pincushions, wall hangings, table runners, and pillows, double-fold binding might be too bulky. Single-fold binding is a great alternative—it’s lighter, thinner, and uses less fabric too.

The sweet, small projects that best-selling author Gail Pan creates are a perfect match for single-fold binding. We were lucky enough to sit down with Gail recently and she showed us her version of how to make single-fold binding:


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You’ll find an abundance of darling motifs to embroider in Gail’s latest book, Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too—and lots of ways to try single-fold binding too! Gail’s projects are inspired by her daily walks and include some of the cutest bunnies and bees you’ve ever seen:

Bunny Delights Bag
Bunny Delights Bag

Plus charming houses and hearts:

Houses and Hearts Wall Hanging
Houses and Hearts Wall Hanging

And her signature bird, leaf, and vine stitcheries.

Pumpkins and Sunflowers Pillow
Pumpkins and Sunflowers Pillow

New to embroidery? No sweat! Learn just eight simple stitches to create any project in the book. Choose from a pillow, pouch, pincushion, and tote, plus wall hangings, table toppers, and sewing-related items.  Enjoy your finished projects at home or give them as gifts—you’ll want to make them all!

From Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too

Patchwork Loves Embroidery TooHow do you typically bind your smaller projects?

  • Single-fold binding—Gail knows my secret!
  • I’ve always used double-fold binding.
  • Single, double, or skip the binding and frame it—I’ve done it all!

Share your binding tips in the comments!


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