Alternatives to Standard Quilt Binding

I’ve been on a rampage of finishing my projects lately – mostly because I’ve started gifts for people that I’ll be visiting on my upcoming family vacation; I have deadlines!  Finishing quilts necessarily means binding; therefore, it’s on my mind.  Binding a quilt involves finishing the raw edges of the quilt sandwich, giving the quilt what you hope is a durable and beautiful end product.

Binding auditioning

Like many quilters, I tend to bind my quilts with 2.5″ double fold binding, and have been making miles of it lately.  For those of you new to quilting, double fold binding involves cutting strips of fabric (I gravitate toward 2.5″ strips cut on the bias), connecting the strips, folding the single long strip in half, sewing the raw edge of the strip to the raw edge of the quilt by machine, then turning the folded edge of the binding to the back of the quilt and hand sewing it with a ladder stitch.  Binding in this way is beautiful and durable, but it takes time.  However, there are alternatives to this standard binding technique.  This chart explores the various other options for binding your quilt.


You have multiple options when binding your quilt; consider some of these.

In “Batik Pieces,” I used the pillow edge treatment, leaving me no raw edge to bind at the end of the project.  I chose this method of binding because I did not want a frame around the quilt; I wanted the quilt to stand alone.

Scrappy Postage Stamp Quilt

I used the pillow edge treatment in “Beach Waves” below because I wanted to experiment with trim on the edge of the quilt, rather than binding.  Here I used pom poms for fun.  I hope they last over time.

Pom Pom edge

Although I’ve never done it, I found this example of a wrapped or hemmed edge in an antique shop.

Wrapped or Hemmed Edge Treatment


Have any of you used any of these alternative methods when binding your quilt?  If so, what was your experience?


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