Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hexagon quilt binding tutorial

I had a few questions on how I did the binding for my hexagon quilt.  I put together a quick tutorial to give you tips on the corners.  I did everything else normal and simply had to adjust my angles on the corners. 

Here is our little mini practice quilt.  I didn't take pictures when I did my actual hexagon quilt so I had to improvise. 

I generally do a 1/4 inch binding, but this could certainly be adjusted for a wider binding.  Normally, when attaching a binding you want to sew then backstitch 1/4 inch from the edge.  With this wider angle it's a bit different.  Mark a line directly in the center of your corner angle as shown below.  Stop stitching where your needle intersects this diagonal line.  To make sure you stop at the correct place, you could mark this with a pin. 

I have stitched to the marked spot and am ready to fold my binding.  First fold it up so the binding strip is in line with your quilt edge.  Your fold should follow the line we marked above.

Now fold it down to again be in line with the quilt edge.  Hold with a pin while you begin sewing from the top of the new side.

Here we have a finished seam to hold the binding.

Now fold over the corners and bind as usual. (front view)

(back view)

It's very simple with just a few adjustments.  Let me know if you have more questions.


  1. Thanks so much for posting this! I actually already finished my hexagon quilt, and it turned out ok...looking at your tutorial, I dont think I was stopping at the correct point, because I noticed some of my corners were a little off, but I will definitly file this away for future reference, thanks again!

  2. My friend found this for me. Thanks for the instructions.

  3. Very clear and easy to follow for a rank beginner!

  4. Thanks so much for your clear directions and photos! I'll run upstairs now to try it out!

  5. Thank you for this tutorial! I have just finished a hexagon and then I realised oops how do I do the binding! Glad I found you! Fi

  6. Is it the same technique, but with the angles different for the inside angle instead of like the outside angle (as shown above)??

  7. Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial! I sewed a mat that didn't have 90 degree corners and couldn't figure out why my corners were a bit "off." It's because I stopped stitching 1/4" from the corners! Thanks for enlightening me!

  8. Thank you! Quick and clear with great photos. Just what I was looking for.

  9. Thank you so much for this tut !!!Just what I needed ...