275,000 quilters asked, “How do you bind a quilt?” Like this (+ flash sale!)

We’ve blogged about Happy Endings many times since Stitch This! was launched. Why? Because it answers most any question you can come up with about quilt borders, backings, battings, and bindings.

More than 275,000 quilters have given “happy endings” to their quilts using Mimi’s essential resource. Did we mention that Happy Endings is Martingale’s best-selling book of all time? Yep. Of all time. And now you can own the eBook version for only $6.00.

You’ll discover oodles of inventive ways to complete your quilts in Happy Endings, including:

  • binding-techniquesFinishing edges without binding
  • Finishing rounded corners
  • Making imitation binding
  • Appliquéing edges to a border
  • Working with sculpted edges
  • Finishing edges with backing
  • Finishing with overlapped corners
  • Finishing with mitered corners
  • Single- vs. double-fold binding
  • Straight-grain vs. bias binding
  • Determining binding yardage
  • Cutting bindings (straight-grain and bias)
  • Continuous bias binding
  • Cutting special fabrics for bindings (stripes, plaids, etc.)
  • Scrappy, scalloped, and sculpted bindings
  • Grandmother’s Flower Garden (i.e. hexagon) edges
  • Adding trims, cording, piping, prairie points, lace, and ruffles

^^^ Not a complete list of how-tos from the book!

Sample pages: Mimi’s tips for creating striped and scrappy binding

From super-quick to beautifully elaborate, there are LOTS of finishing options to inspire you. If you’ve finished every quilt you’ve made the same way since the day you started quilting, you might like mixing things up a bit with Mimi’s fun alternatives!

Scallops, ruffles, curves, trims, piping, stripes, plaids—learn to sew them all in
Happy Endings.

This offer ends on Monday, June 27 at noon (PST), so don’t delay—download your copy of Happy Endings today.

What width do you usually cut your binding strips? Tell us in the comments!









42 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I cut my binding 2 1/2″. That is the only size to cut it right…cuz I read it on the internet! LOL

    —DanyseF on June 24, 2016
  • The width of my binding depends on the thickness of my quilt sandwich. I use any where from 1 3/4 inches to 2 1/2 inches. I try to use the narrowest possible width so as to get a nice tight smooth binding.

    —Marilyn myers on June 24, 2016
  • Having made one quilt which was higgeldy-piggeldy I can ask the question- I was supposed to cut binding strips?

    —Laurie on June 24, 2016
  • Of course it depends on the size of the quilt. For my favorite mini-small quilts 1 3/4 works for me.

    —Renee Welton on June 24, 2016
  • I do 2 1/2 inch binding cut fold in half I believe they call it french binding It is suppose to wear better For small quilts 2 1/4 and minis 2

    —Andrea Goodison on June 24, 2016
  • I most often cut binding strips 2 1/4″ and make a double-thickness binding.

    —Mary Lou Upton on June 24, 2016
  • All my bindings are cut 21/2 in for most quilts, unless I have a special binding requirement. I cut my bindings as soon I send the quilt to be quilted. If I don’t get the quilt finished right away, the binding is with the quilt. No looking or using the fabric for another quilt.

    —Mary Ruda on June 24, 2016
  • I cut mine 2-1/4 inches for double fold binding. Everything I read when I started quilting said use 2-1/2 inches and also said that a good binding had to be full. That never happened with the wider width but I get consistently good results with the slightly narrower width.

    Vivian on June 24, 2016
  • I usually cut my binding strips 2.5 inches. I like the little extra width.

    —Robin Peters on June 24, 2016
  • I used to make them 2 1/2 but found that 2 1/4 tucks in better.

    —marianne on June 24, 2016
  • I cut my binding 2 1/2 inches on most quilts. I, also, love the scrappy binding look!

    —Lana Stewart on June 24, 2016
  • I almost always cut mine at 2 and 1/4. I like them full looking.

    —Sue Smith on June 24, 2016
  • 2 1/2″ double thickness always for me.

    —Debbie Wolgemuth on June 24, 2016
  • Always always cut 2 1/2 for binding and always cut the binding prior to sending the quilt to be quilted. One time too many did I inadvertently use the fabric for another project and when the quilt came back no binding fabric. Noticed someone else mentioned this so it is a good rule to follow.

    —Sylvia on June 24, 2016
  • I cut my binding strips 2 1/2 inches. I mostly make them double fold binding strips.

    —Barbara on June 24, 2016
  • I usually use a 3″ binding, just because I feel I need that extra. I like the look of the 2 1/2″ better.

    —Connie Leydig on June 24, 2016
  • If it’s a large quilt I cut them 2 1/2 inches. If it’s a mini quilt, I go with 2 1/4 inches.

    —Leslie on June 24, 2016
  • I cut my bindings 2.5 inches and use double fold method.

    —Leslie Holm on June 24, 2016
  • I cut my binding 3 1/4″ and when I sew it on I sew it at a 1/2″. This makes it a little wider looker and I really like that a lot!

    —Mary P. Taylor on June 24, 2016
  • 2-1/4″ usually. I like it tight and narrow so usually use a generous 1/4 inch-3/8 seam. I did 2-1/2 on my most recent quilt because I really wanted the yellow and black stripe binding to stand out.

    —Karen Falvey on June 24, 2016
  • The strip I cut for binding quilts is 2 1/2 inches; however, I am currently making a table runner and the binding the pattern lists is cut at 1 1/2 inches. I haven’t finished reading all the instructions so we’ll see if this size is doable for me–if not, I might cut additional strips; perhaps 2 inches as a compromise. Thanks for the eBook sale.

    —Clara Chandler on June 24, 2016
  • Hi there!
    I cut mine 2.25″ wide and always cut my strips on the bias. I sew my binding on the front of the quilt, then trim after, allowing enough batting to remain within the binding so that after washing, my binding is still full and not flimsy.
    Quilty Huggs!

    —Jacqueline VH on June 24, 2016
  • Usually I cut binding strips either 2 1/2″ or 2 1/4″ wide.

    —Vicki Sprain on June 24, 2016
  • I cut my binding 2 1/4″. That is the width that works for me!

    —Rosemary on June 24, 2016
  • I usually cut at 2.5″ although some quilts might require a special size. I also cut my batting and backing at 3/8″ wide and still sew at the 1/4″ seam. This gives me a little extra to fill in the binding to make it full.

    —Deanna on June 24, 2016
  • I use 2 1/2 inch double fold for my bindings.

    —carol on June 24, 2016
  • Usually 3 inches to allow for thick batting, otherwise flip-and grade seams at corners.

    —Lynne on June 24, 2016
  • I usually cut my bindings at 2 1/2 inches. Although, I just finished a crib bumper and cut the binding in 3 inch strips due to the batting having extra loft. It worked well.

    —Jeanne on June 24, 2016
  • I cut my strips exactly 2″ and then fold them in half (wrong sides together). Using a scant 1/4″ seam I sew the raw edges to the front aligning the raw edge to the edge of the edge of the quilt. I fold over and hand sew to the back of the quilt. This works for me and makes a nice slim, full binding.

    —Marion on June 24, 2016
  • I usually cut them 2 1/2″ strips.

    —Dot on June 24, 2016
  • I usually cut binding strips 2 1/4″.

    —Margaret Dalmer on June 24, 2016
  • I use 2-1/4″ wide binding. Always on the bias.

    —Lu Ann Hornbeck on June 25, 2016
  • I usually use 2 1/2″ strips that are doubled over so that I have a narrow, but sturdy edge. Have also experimented with scallops and other edges as well.

    —ADKKate on June 25, 2016
  • 2 1/2″ is what I use. I put all my bindings on by machine. My hands won’t cooperate with handwork anymore.

    —Kathy O on June 25, 2016
  • I cut my strips 2-1/4 inches and use the double fold method.

    —Diana R on June 25, 2016
  • I cut my bindings at 2.5″ and fold in half. I like the double thickness. I sew the raw edged side to the back with a .25″ machine stitched seam, fold it over to the front and hand sew using a traditional quilting stitch because I absolutely don’t do a good invisible stitch.

    —Sheila on June 25, 2016
  • I cut most of mine at 2 1/4 inches. I use a stuffed binding method.

    —stephane woodward on June 25, 2016
  • I USUALLY cut my bindings 1.5 inches – and I don’t USUALLY double-fold. But there are exceptions to every rule!!

    —JanG on June 25, 2016
  • 2 1/4″ binding cut either straight or on the bias, folded and stitched with a 1/4″ seam to the front of the quilt. I trim the batting and backing 1/2″ from that seam to make the binding full throughout and trim the corners. Finish with the hidden bias join and turn to the back by hand.

    —Linda Towers on June 25, 2016
  • I cut my binding strips 2 1/4″ wide unless it is for a thicker quilt sandwich, like one with fleece backing or high loft batting, then I go up to 2 1 /2″.

    —Carol on June 26, 2016
  • 2 1/2, but I have used 2 1/4 on thin projects.

    —Judy B on June 27, 2016
  • This offer was posted 7/1/16, but the above offer expired 6/27. Hmmm

    Sally, we’re sorry that you missed this Flash Sale, however we posted it on 6/24 (if you look at the original post, you’ll see that it says "Posted by Jenny on June 24, 2016″ and it ended on 6/27. Not sure why you didn’t see it until 7/1. ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Sally Atkinson on July 1, 2016

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