How To Finish A Quilt With No Binding

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Technique Tuesday.

Small projects lend themselves very well to this technique of no binding flip and quilt finishing. What exactly does this mean?

To start there is no binding on the finished piece. Instead the piece has been sewn together, all three layers then flipped so that everything is right side out and the opening that was left is sewn together by hand. Then the quilting is done.

Follow these simple steps for this no binding flip and quilt technique.

First, cut all three layers – backing, batting and top – the same dimension. My pieces are 12 ½″ inches each.

Top

Top of quilt

Batting

How To Finish A Quilt With No Binding

Backing

How To Finish A Quilt With No Binding

Lay the top on the batting so all edges match evenly.

Place quilt top on piece of batting

Place quilt top on piece of batting

Lay the backing on the top of the quilt top right sides together.

Place backing on top of quilt top right sides together

Place backing on top of quilt top right sides together

Pin the layers together leaving the outside edges free.

Pin layers together so they do not shift when sewing edges

Pin layers together so they do not shift when sewing edges

Sew around the outside edges leaving an opening large enough to pull all three layers through. When sewing stop a ¼″ from the corner leaving the needle in the down position, pivot and sew down the other side.

Piece sewn around all edges

Piece sewn around all edges

Leave opening to pull layers through

Leave opening to pull layers through

Clip the corners with small cuts so that they will lie flat when turned.

Clip corners for bulk to be minimized

Clip corners to minimise bulk

Make 3 small clips in each corner

Make 3 small clips in each corner

Pull quilt through the opening so that everything is right side out.

Opening left on one side of quilt

Opening left on one side of quilt

Pull quilt through opening

Pull quilt through opening

Make sure that each corner of the piece is flat and forms a perfect corner. See Cool Tool Thursday this week for a a helpful tool to perform this job.

Quilt pulled through with not so square corners

Quilt pulled through with not so square corners

Corners pushed out, pointed and flat

Corners pushed out, pointed and flat

Iron flat and pin together again before quilting and sewing up the opening.

Iron and pin again before quilting

Iron and pin again before quilting

Hand sew the opening closed. Make sure to tune into Free Motion Friday this week to see how I quilt this little piece.

Hand sew opening together

Hand sew opening together

A quick method of finishing a quilt especially when the piece is really too small to warrant binding such as a pot holder or trivet. This method can be used on any size of quilt though with great success.

Happy Quilting!

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