Video Tutorial: How to Match Quilt Binding to Piecing

You’ve picked your fabrics, pieced your quilt top, made your quilt sandwich, and quilted it! Hooray! Now comes a task that as a quilter you either LOVE or DISLIKE… binding it! Not only does binding protect the edges of our quilt, but it can also make our quilt extra special. The fabrics and design we choose for our quilt bindings can help quilt top design shine or even add final details to our quilt.

I love the look of matching and aligning the seams of my bindings to the fabrics in my quilt tops. This added feature looks beautiful and makes the design of quilt explode off the edges. Bindings also look clean and crisp on the back of the quilts. Matching seams between your quilt and and binding can look difficult to accomplish, but with some tips and patience, it is easy to achieve accurate alignments.
detail of Big Island Stars & Stones is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or friend. This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path block. This easy pattern is fully tested and contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Instructions are included for three sizes—Baby / Wall, Throw, and Twin. Sample shown made with Sun Print by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Check out the video tutorial / mini-class all about matching binding:

I demonstrate and walk you through all of the steps for how to match the seams in your binding to the seams in your quilt top:

In the video, I’m applying the binding on my baby size quilt, made with the Big Island Stars & Stones quilt pattern (Stones option).
Big Island Stars & Stones is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or friend. This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path block. This easy pattern is fully tested and contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Instructions are included for three sizes—Baby / Wall, Throw, and Twin. Sample shown made with Sun Print by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
detail of Big Island Stars & Stones is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or friend. This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path block. This easy pattern is fully tested and contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Instructions are included for three sizes—Baby / Wall, Throw, and Twin. Sample shown made with Sun Print by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
detail of Big Island Stars & Stones is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or friend. This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path block. This easy pattern is fully tested and contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Instructions are included for three sizes—Baby / Wall, Throw, and Twin. Sample shown made with Sun Print by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Here are my tips for how to accurately match the seams of your binding to your quilt top:

1. Start with a quilt that doesn’t have a lot of seams along the perimeter (or plan your binding design so you don’t match ALL of the seams).
It can be less overwhelming to start with matching less seams when trying this technique for the first time.

2. Schedule more time for binding than you normally would.
If you’re under a deadline for completing your binding and quilt, matching may not be be best strategy for your quilt. It does take a bit more time since you’ll be measuring and joining pieces of binding and then carefully aligning seams, but the results are well work the extra effort!

3. Make your binding using your preferred method and width.
I like to cut my strips from selvedge to selvedge, then fold and press in half along the long raw edges. My preferred width of strips to cut are 2½” for a quilt that is 32″ or larger and 2¼” for smaller mini quilts. Most binding types and width should work when matching your bindings. 

4. Have your tools and supplies close by.
You’ll need the following as you match your binding (what I use is in italics):
• Sewing Machine (Janome 6700p)
• Thread that matches your fabric or is neutral in color (Aurifil 50wt Cotton)
• Acrylic Ruler (Quilter’s Select Acrylic Ruler)
• Rotary Cutter (Olfa Rotary Cutter)
• Iron (Oliso Mini Pro Iron)
• Wool Pressing Mat (Precision Quilting Tools Pressing Mat)
• Thin Sharp Pins (Iris Superfine Pins)
• Fabric Marking Pen or Pencil (Sewline Fabric Pencil and Clover Water Soluble Pen)

favorite tools and products for hand sewing!
Want some more supply recommendations for attaching your binding to the back of your quilt by hand? Check out 7 tools and products that make quilt binding easier.

Here are some additional quilts I have made with matching binding:

Big Island Stars & Stones is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or friend. This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path block. This easy pattern is fully tested and contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Instructions are included for three sizes—Baby / Wall, Throw, and Twin. Sample shown made with Starry fabric by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society. Pattern by Whole Circle Studio
detail of Big Island Stars & Stones is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or friend. This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path block. This easy pattern is fully tested and contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Instructions are included for three sizes—Baby / Wall, Throw, and Twin. Sample shown made with Starry fabric by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society. Pattern by Whole Circle Studio
detail of Big Island Stars & Stones is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or friend. This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path block. This easy pattern is fully tested and contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Instructions are included for three sizes—Baby / Wall, Throw, and Twin. Sample shown made with Starry fabric by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society. Pattern by Whole Circle Studio
Big Island Stars & Stones quilt pattern (throw size shown)
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This 6' Ruler quilt is a cheeky reminder in this time of social distancing of what six feet (or 2 yards for us quilters!) looks like. Make this tape measure quilt/runner as a utilitarian decoration for display and use at your next socially distanced gathering. When not being used for a utilitarian purpose, it also makes a fun table or bed runner. Make one as a gift a tinkerer, teacher, kid, or baby as a wall hanging or growth chart.
6 Foot Ruler quilt pattern
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This pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard’s Path block. Big Island Sunset is a fully tested pattern that contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece.
Big Island Sunset quilt pattern
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Dream big! Big Island Sky is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or nature lover. This quilt pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard’s Path block. Big Island Sunset is a fully tested pattern that contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece. Dream big! Big Island Sky is the perfect gift to make for a baby, child, or nature lover. This quilt pattern is a bright, modern twist on the traditional Drunkard’s Path block. Big Island Sunset is a fully tested pattern that contains detailed instructions and diagrams, making it a breeze to piece.
Big Island Sky quilt pattern
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Paws Up! an intermediate foundation paper pieced quilt pattern celebrating dogs and cats. Pattern makes 4 sizes—Mini, Throw, Twin and Queen. Pattern available at www.wholecirclestudio.com
detail of Paws Up! an intermediate foundation paper pieced quilt pattern celebrating dogs and cats. Pattern makes 4 sizes—Mini, Throw, Twin and Queen. Pattern available at www.wholecirclestudio.com
Paws Up! quilt pattern
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Stone Slice: a modern, easy quilt pattern inspired by geodes, rocks and crystals. This is the perfect quilt pattern to make a gift for a budding geologist or stone / crystal lover! Instructions come in 3 sizes: mini, throw and queen and is friendly for the beginner quilter. Comes together with fabric strips and half square triangles (HSTs). Pattern by Whole Circle Studio
Stone Stone Slice quilt pattern
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Want more binding goodness?
Ideas for how to make a modern, rainbow, scrappy quilt binding!

Head over to here to get my strategies for selecting scrappy bindings. 


Learn how to match and align the seams of your quilt binding to the fabrics in your quilt top in this video tutorial. Matching seams between your quilt and and binding can look difficult to accomplish, but with some tips and patience, it is easy to achieve accurate alignments. Available at Whole Circle Studio blog. Learn how to match and align the seams of your quilt binding to the fabrics in your quilt top in this video tutorial. Matching seams between your quilt and and binding can look difficult to accomplish, but with some tips and patience, it is easy to achieve accurate alignments. Available at Whole Circle Studio blog. Learn how to match and align the seams of your quilt binding to the fabrics in your quilt top in this video tutorial. Matching seams between your quilt and and binding can look difficult to accomplish, but with some tips and patience, it is easy to achieve accurate alignments. Available at Whole Circle Studio blog. Learn how to match and align the seams of your quilt binding to the fabrics in your quilt top in this video tutorial. Matching seams between your quilt and and binding can look difficult to accomplish, but with some tips and patience, it is easy to achieve accurate alignments. Available at Whole Circle Studio blog.

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