How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt!

How to make and stitch a Quilt sleeve & Binding       Part 1- machine work

I thought since we are all finishing up our quilts that this might be a great time to post this tutorial…

I put sleeves on 98% of my quilts.  You never know if someone will want to hang your quilt, quilts can be art too!  They can be hung behind beds…in large open areas on walls and I especially need them to hang on the poles at quilt shows in our booths…

Today I will share my quick and easy method.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I use the remaining backing fabric…yes..I make sure my backing is plenty big.  I cut a piece of backing off the quilted quilt. Cut it about 4-5″ (I usually rip it ) wide and as long as the top of the quilt is long.  I lay the quilt right side up on my table…determine the top, then fold the top over to expose the back.  So the quilt is laying right sides together on top if you are wondering in this photo.  If you lay the quilt upside down you are working on the sleeve up side down as well…This allows you to work on the sleeve more efficiently.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Iron the sleeve nice and flat….  I press up the bottom of the sleeve about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch..Then using Stitch Witchery cut 2 pieces as long as the sleeve is wide and place it about 3/4″ of an inch away from the edge.  Press over the edge onto the adhesive on both sides.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

This hold the edges nicely, without having to stitch them…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Center the sleeve onto the quilt and pin in place.  Flip up the sleeve bottom and place small dots of Roxanne’s Glue Baste on the folded edge…I love this size..it easy to hold on to and it doesn’t gum up with glue.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanRoll the sleeve back down and press with your hands…Let it stand for about 10 min.  Notice how I pin…The pins are holding the sleeve in place but will not be in my way when I am stitching the binding on.  Also note, that the top of the sleeve will get stitched into the quilt when the binding is stitched on by machine…After the binding is hand stitched to finish it, you will then hand stitch the folded edge of the sleeve with thread that matches the backing…in this case, cream.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

preparing your binding:

Meanwhile, prepare your binding (while the glue dries) if you have not already done so…I use 2″ wide binding on most of my quilts.  My binding is the same on the front as it is on the back, I stitch it on 1/4″.  Not any bigger…I do not want to cut off any points if I have piecing on the edge.. If you cut your bindings larger than 2″ where does that extra go?  My bindings are nice and full and the fold comes just over the stitching line on the back.

to figure out how much binding you need:

Take both lengths, and both widths of your quilt.  Add them together.  Divide this number by 40″.  This is how many strips to cut…If it is 6.5.  Cut 7 strips for example.

 

Lay your strips rights sides together and stitch across them diagonally…as shown.  Use the same color thread and shorten your stitch length.  I used lighter thread here so you could see…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Trim off the excess 1/4″ away.  Press seams open.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I also turn up the straight edge to form a point as shown below here at the beginning of the binding.  This 45 degree crease will be the stitching line when attatching the end to the start of the binding.

I roll up my binding and place it on my sewing table by my machine.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

These are the threads I will use for stitching this binding, Red Auriful for sewing it to the quilt by machine.  Then Hand Quilting thread to finish hand stitching it to the quilt. You need a stronger thread on quilts that are going to be used.  Binding needles are the best…they are long, super sharp, nice eye for threading and do NOT bend.  Try them you will love them!  Most people just use whatever needle is in the pincushion to hand stitch their binding…if you have the right needle hand binding is most enjoyable!

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitching binding on by machine

Start by leaving a tail about 10″ long with the folded 45 degree point as the start…I like to start near a corner about 5 ” away, leaving that 10″ un-stitched at the beginning.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt at 1/4″ away from the edge…Stitch to the corner stopping at the pin 1/4″ away from the edge.  Pivot and stitch off the edge.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Fold up the corner forming a 45 degree angle and finger press this down flat.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Start at the edge of the quilt and stitch…keep stitching repeating at each corner.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

When you are coming close to the 10″ strip that is not stitched at the beginning, stop about 8″ away from this point.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt where the beginning has been smoothed out along the edge where it will eventually be stitched. I place the pin a smidge before the point to stretch it a bit.  I would rather have too tight a binding then too loose.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now lay the end of the binding strip along the edge of the quilt over the beginning of the binding.  Take the pin you placed previous and put it in the the top strip exactly where it is but only on the top layer of the binding…so you still can open it up..How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now think Point to Pin…That point of the beginning is going to be place directly on the at pin.  Lay that beginning binding right sides together point to pin as you turn it, open it and lay it right sides together…as shown below…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Move the pin over on the right side of the pressed diagonal line.  Stitch the diagonal line.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanIMG_0112 How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Remove the pin and test if the binding is correct…then cut the binding 1/4″ away from the seam.  Finger press it open.

Lay it out on the quilt edge…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitch the remaining part of the binding down.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now you are ready for hand stitching the binding!

Look for the Hand Stitching Part 2 of this picture tutorial soon!

I will place this post up in the tutorial part of my blog for future reference…Have a great week Everyone!

STITCH Everyday!

Lisa

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I live in Butte Des Morts, WI, Married to Nick, with 3 sons, Lance (forever 29) , Luke 31and Jake 30 I am a quilter, rugger, gardener and I also love to cook when I get the chance...

36 thoughts on “How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt!

  1. Thank you for this binding lesson with pictures & reasons why you do certain steps.

  2. Nicely done! Best part was seeing the fabric in the quilt very up close! It is a beautiful fabric line.

  3. Lisa,
    You have taught me so much. Thank You! Your explanations and photos are spot on!

  4. Does your sleeve lay flat on the back of the quilt? I’m never sure if the sleeve needs to have a pleat. Great tutorial!

    1. Thanks so much for this tutorial and great photos. I had a similar question as Pamela regarding the pleat – to allow enough play for the rod to fit through and placing the sleeve below the binding so it doesn’t show when it’s hung. I love the idea of using Stitch Witchery and Glue Baste It and sewing the sleeve into the binding. That seems like it would nice and secure!

  5. I love how you do your sleeve- I make a tube & then it’s so thick at the top to put that binding over!

  6. I watched you do the binding technique at fat quarter shop and it changed my life!! I have used it ever since and it turns out perfect e every time. I always say to myself point to pin!

  7. Your binding and sleeve lesson is on the quilt that I’m just going to have to make. I love it!

  8. Great instructions ! The photos are invaluable too. This always seems to be a point at which quilters really get frustrated, and this is extremely helpful ! Thanks so much.

  9. Thank you! Will be watching this tutorial again and probably more tgthan an once as I finish a quilt. The ending process looks easier than my current method which I struggle with.

  10. Great tips on attaching a sleeve and bindings. Over the years I have struggled with closing the binding and getting it to fit…usually a skosh too short and end up with a tiny pucker, I hate when that happens! I will use the point to pin method going forward. Thank you for all your great tips and tricks. Also…I LOVE the backing fabric you used on the quilt and for the sleeve, but can’t find it on the website. Can you please tell us the name or sku number? I want to purchase some!

  11. Thank you for the binding lesson. I like the full binding.

    How do you mark your quilt to do the Baptist Fan quilting motif? I can’t get it right.

    Thanks for your help.

  12. Thanks for teaching. I learned some new ways to do that I will practice. Appreciate your hard work!

  13. What a great post! Loved your photos and how you joined the binding! What beautiful fabrics!

  14. Thank you for taking the time to show us I didn’t know there was hand stitching thread but I do see the use I can’t wait to try the needles I hand bind but it hurts

  15. Thank you so much for taking the time to show us who knew there were special needles for binding I can’t wait to try them

  16. Thanks for showing how to attach a sleeve I never did it so far but now I know where to look should I need to make one.

  17. The hanger tutorial was great. Good timing too, I am getting ready to add one to a quilt. The binding tutorial was very helpful. Loved them both. Thank you.

  18. I greatly appreciate the time you have taken to give these personal insights and lessons. Days may get tough but it is such an “ahh-haa” moment to watch and learn. I have really fallen in love with this collection of fabric.

  19. Thank you for this great tutorial. Do you also hang big quilts with this type of sleeve? I am working on finishing Moon Garden and it is larger than any quilt hanger I have on my walls. I have been wondering how I would hang it.

  20. Thanks Lisa for great instructions for binding and sleeve. I love your fabric and patters you design. Pat

  21. Hi Lisa, I can see that you “stay stitched” around the edge of your quilt border to hold the quilt top, batting, and backing together. Do you mark that line and stitch this before you trim off the border to make everything even???

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