A Pillowcase Binding provides a nice clean finish to small quilts. It’s easy and quick. Please note that these directions are for a fused quilt where the quilt top is fused to the batting.
Prepare the Quilt for Binding
- Center the glue side of the quilt top onto the non-scrim side of the batting. (Scrim is a non-woven fiber applied to some batts. If the background fabric is applied to the scrim side of the batting and fused into place, the quilt may appear rippled.)
- Place a dry cloth on the quilt top and steam set the top to the batting for about 10 seconds in each spot.
- Add hand embroidery stitches if desired just through the batting and top layers of the quilt.
- Trim the backing fabric to measure the same size as the finished quilt top.
- Trim 1/4″ from the top edge and 1/4″ from a side edge to make the backing slightly smaller than the quilt top.
- Cut a piece of fusible web measuring 2″ wide and the width of the quilt top less 4″.
- Center the fusible web 1″ down from the top edge of the wrong side of the backing fabric. Fuse into place.
- Place the right side of the backing fabric onto the front of the quilt so the strip of fusible web runs parallel with the top edge of the quilt.
- Pin into place at each corner. There will be a slight bowing of the backing fabric.
- Machine stitch the backing fabric to the quilt top using a 1/4″ seam or use the width of a presser foot as your guide. Stretch and ease the backing fabric to fit each edge as you stitch.
- Trim each corner to remove excess fabric and batting.
- Pull the backing fabric away from the quilt top where the fusible web paper is applied.
Carefully snip a small hole in the center of the paper that is parallel to the top edge of the quilt. Do not clip the quilt top.
- Cut the backing fabric down the center of the paper to within 1″ of each end of the paper. Remove the paper.
- Reach into the opening of the backing fabric and pull out the quilt top to the right side.
- Gently ease out the corners with a blunt pencil or tool.
- Roll each side of the quilt top about 1/8″ to the back of the quilt and press into place.
- Close the top opening on the quilt back and fuse into place.
- Machine quilt if desired.
- Hand stitch a hanging sleeve on the top back for display if desired.