My trick was to back it with a gingham check and use that as a guide for tying the quilt. Thanks for posting this---I am a beginner quilter and this method is much less scary to me---Question: how far apart do you put your pins when sewing the two layers together. New to Quilting, what Brand and type of Batting did you use that is didn't get caught up in the feet of your sewing Machine? Carefully pin all three layers together inside the quilt blocks. Make sure your fabric is flat when cutting. I gave it an added touch of rick rack when sewing the top and bottom together. Nicely done! Place the batting on a flat surface that is not slick. Once I had finished the foundation "in the ditch" quilting lines, I removed the basting pins, trimmed off any excess batting and then zig zagged around the edge of the quilt. I am always trying to think of ways to not do binding. Traditional description of a quilt: a sandwich consisting of a Quilt Top, Batting (filling), and a Backing. Thanks for posting it! Quilt … Or do it differently. For months now, I have been directing my volunteers to this specific post on how to complete our preemie quilt kits! Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch all around the edge of the Quilt top remembering to leave the opening to "birth" the Quilt. I Love the Look of this Quilt! Cut squares from your craft foam roughly 1/2″ x 1/2″. Your tutorial will really help. Sew along the first side of the quilt until you’ve reached the same distance from the corner as your seam allowance. I think this is a method I would use with a more colorful quilt where I have difficulty in finding a binding that I think complements the quilt. These are authors that do not write enough to have their own authorship, yet provide valuable content for the site. :) Very neat looking. This is a quick way for a beginner to add the binding to the quilt and does not look awful. such a coincidence! I just sewed all 3 layers together at the same time. I have just started quilting....and felt as though I was not doing it the "right" way....because I do not use binding on any of mine.....:). Thirty-five years ago I made "pillow case" baby blankets for all the showers I was invited to. 3. How do you keep the batting for getting clogged in the machine? I find it easier to completely secure the binding to the back of the quilt with clips … The steps to quilt binding by machine: 1. Thanks for the tutorial, just love it! Why did you zig zag stitch around the top before you sewed the back right side up? Is this extra step necessary if you've pinned very well? Take the first strip and lay it, right sides together, on top of the second strip. Lay out the strips how you want them to look. so this idea is just PERFECT! These stitching lines disappear into the seam line and are really there just to ensure that these two layers don't shift. A heavy plastic measuring guide that can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Sew across the two binding pieces on your marked line. This was how I was taught many years ago...the pullowcase method. It wouldn't change anything to sandwich either rickrack or piping in there would it? Close up the opening that you turned your Quilt through using a ladder stitch. TRIED IT+LOVE IT! Assembling a Quilt Step 1: Lay Out Backing Fabric. I actually did this technique with dog "beds" for my local shelter, but I didn't first sew top and batting together. Enjoy quilting and remove your basting. For someone like me, who dutifully binds quilts and is comfortable with the process, it is even a little outside of my comfort zone. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! It worked great! This is great and I'm not sure I would have ever tried it until seeing it here. I do think it would be a time-saver, as just making the binding takes time - let alone sewing it on just right. I was wondering, what was your method for sewing shut the gap you left to turn the quilt right side out? I do find it faster than binding, and I think it makes for a nice edge too! There really is no avoiding the basting process. So the backing is not at all quilted? Interesting idea to finish a quilt without a binding, and a quick solution to the last minute quilt for disaster donation quilts. :o). Step Six: Gently fold the binding back together and check for fit along the quilt edge before trimming and pressing the seam. I love the addition of machine quilting as she tied all hers. Much of the process is the same as usual and I started by making a simple quilt top. The quilt is held taut on a large frame while the machine arm moves freely to perform a manual or preprogrammed quilting design using free motion. I"m going to make some baby quilts and give it a shot here soon. Starting from the center area of the quilt top, put a pin through all 3 layers, and cap the top with a square of the craft foam. This method of making a quilt without binding worked well for these relatively small quilts. Reply Delete Okay, so you quilt the top and batting, and then do an inside out pillowcase method with the backing? I then pin basted the quilt top together with a layer of batting, but no backing fabric. Wonderfully colorful quilts! The key to successfully and neatly machine binding a quilt is this step – fold back the binding from the quilt front and press it flat. After flipping the quilt, we (she and I) pinned it evenly across and used a wool yarn to tie it. Maybe it would be wise when working on something sizeable. The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton. The quilts are fabulous, as always. It is a beautiful print and stunning in these quilts. I just don't know how to finish the turning hole without having the thread be all obvious. Very fun and different way of finishing a quilt. We use 4 pins inside each block, you do not want your fabric or batting to shift while you quilt your layers together. I have a large postage stamp quilt that was made by my great grandmother almost 70 years ago and it is not bound. Love it! I hate making and sewing bindings on! Here is the link, it has a link back to this. Take the outer corner of the binding where … Press your fabric in half wrong sides together. This is fabulous! This is how I made all of my quilts when I first started because I was too scared to bind them! Binding can be difficult, especially for beginners, but if you work slowly and carefully, you can give your quilt a beautiful finish. HAVE YOU NOTICED SOME QUILTS LOOK PRETTIER WITHOUT A BINDING. Don’t let the "quilting police" tell you this is all wrong! I left a gap large enough to be able to turn the quilt inside out. Press the seam allowances in one direction. :). I'm inspired to try one myself. Thank You so much for this tutorial on the binding-less method of quilting! i really do like this look for a small quilt. love it!I've been making quilts without binding too, and it works great with table runners, mug rugs and any mini quilts...love your tip about stitch the batting with the top, that is very clever!thanks for sharing Rita! I am making five quilts for Christmas and one of them screams for this method, thanks for helping me over the hump. Time for me to start quilting. Love it! Finishing the Binding by Machine. Thank you for such a wonderful tute. :). this is how my mom did all of her patchwork blankets... i think it's called 'pillowcase' style.lovely as always!xoeva. Kelli says: June 8, 2020 at 1:46 pm Hi Angie, good question. At this stage of the game, your quilt is looking great and you no longer have a massive strip of binding to mess with. I remembered seeing this on pinterest and wanated to do it to the quilt I'm making now, but I already quilted all three layers. Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. I even put eyelet lace into the outer seam for some of them. Love the backing fabric on these! It worked out very well. Looking for a different way to finish your quilt? Of course, it isn't always about saving time. My husband's grandmother made all her quilts we have without binding and our son sleeps under one she made for his dad. Piece sewn around all edges. xo, I do this all the time. Thanks for your tutorial! In quilting this is traditionally 1/4 inch. Yes, you really can make a quilt without binding! I think it would definately save me some time since I hand stitch my binding on (I am not very fast). I hate binding. ~Samantha DeMato, Founder of March of the Blanketeers. thanks! But then all your quilts look very precise and neat! Moving a hot iron while it has contact with fabric. Secure with clips. It's the only method I've ever used on quilts big and small. Thanks for walking us through your method. Check out the most popular tool on QuiltingHub. Note: A walking If you’re using a ¼” seam allowance, stop stitching ¼” from the corner. fun!! Make quilt binding. Everything old is new again! WILL USE THIS FOR SOME OF MY CHARITY BABY QUILTS! :). I made myself a 'quillow' for travelling and used this method and it worked a treat as I was able to make the quilt in a couple of days in fits and starts. A carpet works like a charm, but on top of a firm ironing surface also works well. And a way to save fabric too I'd think! These quilts are so "happy" and cheerful with all their color! backing at least 2” bigger than your quilt top all the way around. The backing fabric and the quilt sandwich were then pinned right sides together and I stitched around the outer edges with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, reinforcing the corners by stitching back and forth several times. That's a very interesting way to finish off a quilt! http://rednecksoccermom.blogspot.com/2012/10/non-binding-binding.htmlI'm dying to try it your way next time, looks much easier! Align one edge of the bias tape with the edge of the quilt and pin all the way around the quilt. I've been wanting to make a quilt without binding for a while now but it just seemed like a lot more work!! Leave about a 6-inch tail. Prairie points. I wish I'd found your blog and tutorials sooner. 6. With a bias edge you dont have as much rubbing on one thread on the edge. You just need a fairly hard, flat surface that is larger than the quilt you will be working with. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing this tutorial! Just finished a quilt this way for my daughter. ...  and for some time now, has been to make a quilt without having to bind it. Thanks for giving it a shot Rita, and for all the gorgeous pics, your quilts are amazing!! It is at this stage a quilt sandwich of just two layers: the quilt top and the batting. 2. I was just wondering last week if this was possible! I have used this method several times and if I want the binding look, I just put the backing color as the squares along the edges. Oh well next project. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. A chop stick, "purple thang", or other smooth rounded poker will help. I have done small projects this way, such as placemats, coasters, etc. My grandma taught me this method about 16 years ago. Finishing a Quilt With Backwards Binding: The traditional way to finish a quilt uses bias binding sewn to the front, folded around to the back, and whipstitched by hand all around the back. Great job, as always. Sew the strips together with a ¼” seam. Any suggestions? A better alternative is to press, where you just lay the hot iron down and lift straight up from the fabric. Pinning this for the future. If you wish to submit an article, contact us on QuiltingHub. Sew around the outside edges leaving an opening large enough to pull all three layers through. Cut your strips 6½” x wof (width of fabric) and trim to 40″ in length. A temporary method of holding the quilt Sandwich layers together while you finish assembling it. 18 thoughts on “ How to make a Baby Quilt without a Binding ” angie says: June 1, 2020 at 11:17 am I love this! I fear I may have to put a double-fold binding on it to ensure it doesn't fall apart. It is a quick finish to simple projects! This is great, and what a perfect method for smaller sized baby quilts!! So cool. Your method does give it a very modern touch. Cut plenty so you won’t have to stop and cut more. Let’s talk dimensions before getting into the “how.” You have a pieced top which you can measure and know how long and wide it is. I just made my first quilt top and it's a sleek modern look and I googled to find if there was a way to finish a quilt without binding and came across this. Hi Amber ~ Slip stitch, by hand. I too have used it for placemats and other small stuff ... but these look faberooni Rita .. Create the Binding and Stitch it to the Quilt. Put the two sections right sides together; sew the long edges with 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a few inches unstitched in the center (long enough for easy turning the piece to the other side). How wonderfully clever! I am working on charity quilts and the binding process just takes too long and too much fabric that I could be using for other quilts! Just to give you some info the reason you use a bias tape to bind the quilt is because the edge of the quilt takes the most beating. Binding a Quilt Using The Classic Rollover, Top 5 Things That Happen At Quilt Retreats, Wall hangings are perfect candidates for no, Decorative quilts. I am looking at this and remembering that this is how I made my first quilt about 30ish years ago....I had forgotten all about it as over the years since I have learnt a number of different ways of binding etc. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). I still have the first one which was given to me after my 35 year old son was born. I love all those bright colours and think no binding really shows them off well without a 'frame'. Of course, a quick border would take care of that! Thank you so much!! Thank you so much!!! Love the backing fabric! This is a method I use frequently for flannel blankets or small baby quilts. Free motion quilting refers to moving the quilt sandwich under the foot, creating a quilting pattern. Usually binding is a separate bias cut or folded piece of fabric, but we are going to make our back fabric into our binding. Yours turned out beautifully! Next smooth out the batting to stretch out any folds or wrinkles that have been created in storage. Thanks for the reminder Rita! I prefer the look of binding but each to her own of course! I'm gonna give it a try. Hate hate hate, and I rarely bind without at least one mistake, which requires alot of stitch removal. Every once in a while I go back to this method because I really do like the way they look! This is the method that I use to make placemats. Thanks. Then flip the quilt over and press the binding flat to the back of the quilt… We started off with the super easy and adorable cheater quilt, made quilt binding, and took a trip to the Quilt Market. I've used fabrics from the. It appears that she turned the edges in 1/4" and did a whipstitch all around the quilt. You always bring something new and fresh to quilting and I love seeing what you are going to do next. Hi! when you just sewed the two pieces together? It does look sleep and modern for sure. When you reach a corner, slightly round the corner to remove the point so that your quilt will remain flat at the corners and bulk will be reduced. Oops, lengthy post! Bias-tape: strips of fabric used to bind the edges of a quilt. I've only made one quilt, but what fun!! I think the method you have used will definitely allow for more durability, but I still think a double fold binding will allow for more durability. I love this technique. Stephanie, i hope that you will take the time to put a binding on your vintage quilt. I'd like to know what fabric line the large flower print is a part of? Looking forward to giving this a try on some baby quilts. I’ve had a quilt sitting by my machine 90% done with just the binding waiting for 2 months because I’d been dreading it, but now I’m inspired to finish the darn thing. This can be conducted using Basting Sprays, pins, clips or temporary stitching called a Tacking Stitch or Basting Stitch. Thank you so much for this! I’m using black and white stripes so I like to attach my strips end to end. Binding the edges of the quilt should be the last step in making the quilt, after you've finished quilting by machine or by hand. I too hate doing bindings - this is the only way I do my baby quilts and have for years. Quilting Contessa is a collection of various authors around the world that have submitted articles for the QuiltingHub 'How To' quilt wiki. These would be great for making quilts for charity. To ensure you have “wiggle” room, you want your batting to be 2” bigger all around. I fear I may have to put a double-fold binding on it to ensure it doesn't fall apart. Blocks: a piece of fabric made from sewing 9 squares together. Much easier and a cleaner look. Your quilt’s edges can be finished with triangular, folded-fabric embellishments called … The machine is very expensive, so many owners will rent out time on their machine. I will certainly be trying it out again. It does create a very neat finish! Bonus: this technique adds hanging corner triangles to your quilt … Thanks. Thanks very much for sharing!Huggs, Nancy. This is the method that I use to make placemats. It turned out great! Pin layers together so they do not shift when sewing edges. I just did this on a quilt I've been working on, and I love it!!! Found this on Pinterest! If the quilt you plan to tie will be bound with standard strip binding around the outer edges, tie the knots before you bind the quilt. Trying to make sure I understand it. What a great concept! Use the search 'Map Of Resources' or the 'Resources Trip Planner' to the right (or below). This Fall has been filled with quilt making projects and outings for us. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. Place the binding on one side of your quilt close to the middle matching the raw edges of the binding and quilt together. It's fantastic if your too last to bind like me! Add facing instead of binding for a clean, modern look! As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt. Pin all around the edge of your quilt top leaving an opening of 5-7 inches that will be used to "birth" your quilt. What a great tutorial. Binding: the edging of a quilt - it encases the raw edges. I've had binder-itus fear too long. I never would of imagined the method you used. I definitely will try this! I think the method you have used will definitely allow for more durability, but I still think a double fold binding will allow for more durability. Looks great and I love how clean and modern in looks. It's exactly what I want to do and I'll be doing it tomorrow! Quicker than binding and I like the look. Fold the first corner of the binding over to form an angle. I'm curious about the hold of the stitches and will have to give it a go! nice work; that's how i did baby quilts i tied -- made a *pillowcase,* like you, sewed around the side, leaving some open to turn, turned the quilt, then stitched around the edged and tied the quilt ... i never thought of this for *real* quilts, quilts that ya'll *quilt* ... LOL ... thanks, rita, your work is always inspirational ... darlene. I have a table runner I've been working on and have been trying to figure out the binding......I think you just helped me to do so!! Now that your binding is sewn to your quilt top, it’s time to get out the iron. A lot of my quilts have white backgrounds, though so I worry about the white edges getting dirty with no binding to protect them. Bind to Finish. This is a real pain in the rear for quilters like me who are used to doing everything on the machine.… Do binding corners never come out right? I think it gives a fresh modern take on the traditional and there most definitely is a place for quilts finished like these. Press your backing fabric and place it right side up on top of your batting and then place your well-pressed quilt top face down on the backing fabric centered as well as possible. These quilts look wonderful Rita, great colours and I love the no binding finish. The width of fabric left to the right of a sewn seam. It was more to create a different, sleeker and perhaps modern look to something that is steeped in tradition. Something to keep in mind :)Smiles~Beth. I love this! Love it, love it!! Lovely quilts.I call that the "pillow case" method! This quilt has been used, although not excessively, but the edges are coming open. The quilt is then turned and the opening slip stitched closed. I am new to quilting and binding is something I struggle with, but I will have to give this a try. 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