Binding Tutorial

Welcome!  Thanks for visiting my blog and printing this machine binding tutorial.

I have been quilting for around 15 years.  Aside from the beginning sewing lessons my mother gave me as young girl, everything I have learned in quilting, I have picked up on my own.  I have read books and magazines, have followed blogs of successful quilters and designers, and picked up little tricks as I have quilted along.  And then I have practiced.  I have many to thank for all my quilting knowledge!

Over the years I have made well over 100 quilts of all sizes, many of those larger.  I tell you the truth when I say I have NEVER bound a quilt by hand.  EVER.  Some would say I have been missing out.  I would say, on the contrary, that I would have no finished quilts and would not be quilting today if hand binding were the only way to get that binding on the quilt!  I do not enjoy handwork, for the most part.  I want to finish my quilts and gift them, sell them, or enjoy them in my home.
Early on I read a quilting book from the library and learned how to attach the binding by machine using the method described.  Then I paid attention to what others did.  I learned a lot.  My binding today is quite different than those on those first quilts I made!

This binding tutorial is a combination of many little tidbits from over the years.  I am sure there are many ways to bind a quilt, even by machine.  But this is how I do it.  Over and over and over again.

I love putting on the binding.  It means my quilt is almost finished.  Now that’s something to celebrate!

I hope this is helpful to you!

Happy Quilting!

Celeste Harrington

Celeste's Illustrated Machine Binding Tutorial

P.S.  If you notice any glaring errors or have a question, please feel free to email me at


Dee Ann Parry said...

Celeste! I am in love! I am enjoying your blog. I have always finished my binding by hand and love the hand work. Your binding tutorial is fabulous. I am looking forward to trying your method on my next finished project. Soon :) Seems much faster as hand sewing does take quite a bit of time.
Thank you! Dee Ann.

Elizabeth Jacinto said...

Hello Celeste! Thank you for posting this! Your tutorial helped me finally understand the technique. I saw your Charming Checkers Pillow posting on Moda Bake shop today - absolutely love it - it will be my next project!