Magic Trick For Joining the Ends of Binding


Have you ever sewn your binding all the way around your quilt, then get to the spot where the beginning and ending strips meet and think, “Now how does this go again?” You start flipping and fidgeting, sew it on wrong twice, and finally give up until help arrives? Well, help is here! Learn unforgettable tips for joining the ends of binding on your quilts.

Bonnie shows you exactly how to join the ends of your binding with visual prompts to make it easy to remember.

She says…

The key is to fold the triangle away from you – the fold should be closest to your body. Pin along the fold line, which is your seam line, to double check the binding. Sew on the fold line. Press seam open to reduce bulk, and trim seam to 1/4″. Refold binding and stitch to the edge of your quilt. Viola! it fits perfectly!

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Want more finishing help? Learn with Bonnie in her iquilt class: Borders & Finishing Touches.

Bonnie teaches all the finishing steps from borders to blocking in one class.

Her seven lessons include:

  • Getting Started
  • Border Basics
  • Borders: Miters & Piped
  • Sharks’ Teeth & Prairie Points
  • Mitered Binding Primer
  • Blocking
  • The Perfect Sleeve

Master mitered borders and add piping as Bonnie leads you along the way. Shark’s teeth and prairie points add interest to quilts, and you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make. Learn how to construct a mitered binding from a bias strip and how to make a two-sided binding. A pattern is provided for a small wallhanging so you can practice right along with Bonnie as she shows you how to finish your quilts with flair!

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Good bonding tip Bonnie. Easiest binding instruction I’ve seen. Thanks

Robin Parkey

Great tip! Where can I get the pattern for the Mariner’s Compass hanging on the wall behind them in the video?

Hi Robin, The Quilt is Kathryn Wald’s My New York Beauty, quilted by Linda Powell. The pattern is from 2005 by Karen Stone called New York Beauty. Thanks, Betsey

Karen Antis

Thank you Bonnie. I was in a car accident and hav a hard time remembering how to do bindings. Never had that problem before. I think I should be able to remember this way. Thanks


I saved the tutorial address in a document so I can bring it up any time I want to view again. At least as long as it’s available for viewing.

Karen piecequilts

Best way of joining binding ends i have ever seen. Thank you Bonnie

Karen piecequilts

Bonnie’s way of joining binding ends is the very best i have ever seen. Quilting since 1988!


Just want to say… Joining the Ends of Binding with Bonnie Browning is a fabulous tutorial. I look forward to using her method on a table runner I’m putting a binding on next week.

Thank you so much for sharing how to do the bonding.
So much easier😊

Thanks so much on the tips on binding.

Evelyn Porreco

This is the most amazing video to join your binding I have ever found. Follow her instructions and it is perfect every time. Thank you so much fir sharing


Bless you!! You’ve made this SO easy.

Nancy Stroh

I’m impressed with this technique!

I would add a suggestion and that is to fold and pin the placemat underneath where you are working and this makes it easier to sew the binding without having to pull on it as you sew. 🙂