Binding By Hand

I’m trying something new: binding by hand.
I figured since this whole (jellyfish) quilt has been stitched by hand, it would be inconceivable to use a machine to stitch down my binding!

Hand-stitched binding

I started by sewing the binding to the top of my quilt, just like if I was using a machine. I actually went around the whole quilt twice to make my stitch length short and hold the binding tighter to the quilt. I kicked ass at eye-balling a 1/4″ stitch!

basic technique for binding finish

I’m currently working on stitching the binding to the back… I’m about half done.  By hand stitching, I have more control over the fabric and I was able to get beautiful mitered corners:

I’m so excited to be this close to the finish line! After the binding, all I have left is a hanging sleeve and a label. Then it will be onto my ever-growing list of machine-sewing projects… so many ideas… so little time!

5 Replies to “Binding By Hand”

  1. Lynne Tilley

    Beautiful job! I'm so impressed, a whole quilt done by hand. You have more patience than I would. I hand stitch mine on the back, but I use the machine to attach it. Great quilt!

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  2. Gail Lizette

    Thanks Lynne – I would have never imagined to try an all-hand-done quilt before, it just sort of ended up going that way. I usually do binding the way you do it, but it was fun for this ONE project πŸ˜‰

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