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!


23 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I usually bind my quilts with a machine/hand-sewing combo. I sew 100% on my machine when I am making donation quilts so I can make more donation quilts. I do need to learn the single-fold binding technique.

    —Ann West on July 23, 2018
  • I am just finishing a rug mug, and as typically fo me I am using a singe binding, this cuts down the bulk and looks neater on a small piece. Sometimes I cut the backing larger and fold the back onto the front, hand mitering as I go, I slip stitch this into place and finish off with feather stitch or similar.

    —Liz Tanner on July 23, 2018
  • Really nice.

    —Karen Hutchings on July 23, 2018
  • I’ve done all three-depending on the project I’m doing.

    —Donna on July 23, 2018
  • I use single fold for my small projects.

    —Barb Walsh on July 23, 2018
  • I have used double fold and single fold for small projects.

    Joel Sellers on July 23, 2018
  • I’ve always used double gold binding, but it looks like a great idea to try single gold!

    —Linda Kemnitz on July 23, 2018
  • I have used double binding.

    —Rita Long on July 23, 2018
  • I use double machined onto the back and topstitched onto the front –

    —Marsha on July 23, 2018
  • I have always used double fold but can see the advantage of using single fold on things like wall hangings and small projects

    —Donna M on July 23, 2018
  • I have only used single binding on a pot holder long ago.

    I use double binding but I see the advantages for small projects to use single fold binding.

    —carol on July 23, 2018
  • I use a 2 part double fold binding so I can have what looks like a piping on the front. However, have a project going that will try the single fold binding, thanks for this post! 😊👍

    —Marilynn on July 23, 2018
  • I use single-fold binding on small projects using Gail’s instructions. Love her designs.

    —Diana DeWitt on July 23, 2018
  • I have used double-fold for more stability.

    —Katherine Hanson on July 23, 2018
  • I’ve done both depending on the project. I haven’t done the fold on the back but am eager to try it.

    —Joyce Jose on July 23, 2018
  • I love the single fold for small projects!

    —Kris on July 23, 2018
  • I’ve always used single-fold binding on smaller projects to avoid the bulk that double-fold would create. I love Gail’s designs and projects!

    —Linda B. on July 23, 2018
  • I always use double fold, and love to hand sew it in the evenings while watching TV.

    —stephanie Woodward on July 24, 2018
  • I have been in the habit to double a binding since most of my projects have been bed quilts. Now when a small project comes along I have to learn again on single bindings. So cute and neat. Thanks Gail.

    Althea Klosterman on July 25, 2018
  • I’ve always used double fold binding but now that I’ve learned about how to use single fold binding, I’ll try it on smaller projects. I am hoping it helps the finished piece lay flat.

    —Cheri on July 27, 2018
  • I will try suing single fold binding on small projects. Thank you for positing the video!

    —Cheri on July 27, 2018
  • I used double fold but will now try this. 🙂

    —Cindy S on July 27, 2018
  • I’ve only used double fold binding but after seeing that clip, I’ll be using single fold on my smalls from now on. Love the book, need the book!

    —debby on July 27, 2018

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