Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Beautiful, Bumpless Binding

I'm going to try to do a little demo here of my favorite way to create a bumpless binding. You know how, when you get to the end of attaching the binding on a quilt, you always seem to get that little "bump" where you join the ends?

Well, my friend Rex W. was kind enough to give me a refresher course this morning. I had thought I would remember it from when he taught it to me before, but it kept slipping right out of my Tiny Brain! So this time I decided to make myself a series of pictures and instructions, so I wouldn't forget again.

Then, I thought, well, I've gone to all this work, why not share it with my blog-hopping buddies? You may have to click on the images to see the written instructions. I hope the scanned pictures and instructions are clear!

(Please excuse the "quilt sandwich" ... it's obviously not a quilt, but a little test sandwich I use for testing and correcting thread tension, etc.)

Thank you AGAIN, Rex!


  1. That is the best way to do it isn't it? I learned most of what I know about techniques in quilting by reading various books. I bought Better Homes and Gardens guide to quilting I think it was and the ONLY thing really helpful in that book was how to do a binding using the method you describe. However you show how to do it much more effectively.

  2. Thanks Linda. This is an area where I really need help.....I think almost every judge has a comment on my binding.

  3. That's the method I was trying to demonstrate to you the other day....only I didn't do so great of a job trying to demonstrate with full sized sheets of paper:) But that is the easiest way I've found to do it so far.

  4. This is such a cool method because you use the actual cut-off piece of binding as a measuring tool, rather than having to measure-and-mark with a ruler.

    Penny, I knew this method had been around for a while, but I just didn't know about it ;^)

    Judy, thanks for your comment. Hope it helps you as much as it helped me!

    Thanks, Sharon, I did recognize what you were demonstrating with the paper (!) the other day, but couldn't quite get it in my head. You know I'm a "do-it-to-learn-it" kinda girl, and that's why the combination of pictures and instructions are what I have to use as a memory-jogger.

    thanks, All, for your Comments!

  5. Hi Linda,

    I saw this technique of finishing the bumpless binding and tryed it today on a pillow I made (it is on my blog..) Thank you very much for the clear instructions!
    Regina, St. Maarten, DWI

  6. thank you for the simple explaination! PICTURES!
    <3 judi in wny


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