The Binding Tool & Mini!

National Sewing Month 2013

The following post was done back in 2011 by Moda Lissa BUT this tool is way
 too cool not to include in our Ruler Extravaganza!
PLUS there is a new MINI size. 
When I first heard of this ruler, my first thought was REALLY????
 Who needs a ruler for binding?
The answer is EVERYONE.
This is a fantastic tool. Cut and sew binding as you normally would.
This ruler helps with measuring and joining the 2 ends of the binding.

FACTOID: Judges at many of the major quilt shows will run their hands along the edges of a quilt. They feel for a consistent, even binding. This means having batting in the binding and also that the seams are joined with a bias seam. The judges also look for a flat even binding. The binding tool helps with all of these prize winning attributes. The instructions are printed right on the ruler.

And this is The Mini Binding Tool which is just what you need for your smaller 
projects that use 2″ binding; like miniature quilts, placemats, potholders, bibs, and bags.

1. Sew on your binding leaving a 12″ opening. You will need a 10″ tail on each side.

2. But the flat edge of the tool up where you stopped sewing. Bring the binding over the top of the tool and mark as indicated. 

Rotate the ruler 180 degrees and repeat with the binding on the other side.

3. Open the binding, laying the right side up and cut from the marks you made. Use the tool to make your cuts, be sure to cut the 1/4″ straight line also.

4. Sew ends together. Press seam open. This works perfect every time.
 Notice how the edge of the ruler has the point trimmed off. If you cut the point off your fabirc also they line up wonderfully. (sorry for the busy picture)
TIPS: Make sure the words on the ruler are always right side up. This will help keep the ruler going in the correct direction.
Mark with a pencil and double check the angles before cutting.
Make sure you mark where the line is on the ruler not the tip of the ruler.

If pictures are worth a thousand words, then a video must be with a million.
Visit Missouri Star Quilt co. for a How-to video.

Check out Missouri Star for an additional video using this ruler. We were so inspired by it that we have created a pattern handout for your use.

I am making one from assorted jelly rolls. No sashing for me. Love it!! Can’t wait to make one with bright fun fabrics also.


Today we’re giving away a Binging Tool & Mini Binding Tool to one lucky winner!

To enter please leave a comment about how you currently bind your quilts. 

You will have until September 30th at midnight to post a comment. All winners will be randomly selected and announced o the Moda…The Cutting Table Blog on October 2nd.

Make sure to visit the Moda blog every day for more opportunities to win! And follow Moda Lissa’s blog for more fun & Giveaways! 

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261 thoughts on “The Binding Tool & Mini!

  1. I generally machine sew binding to front of quilt, the hand stitch in the back. I’ve read of this tool and would love a chance to win one.

  2. I machine stich double fold continuous binding to the front and then hand stitch tot he back. This tool would defintiely make my life a lot easier as I find it tricky to match up the two ends of the binding at times. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Binding a quilt is my favourite thing to do!! I machine stitch on the top and bring round to the back and handstitch, adding a little bit of glue to hold it in place instead of pins so I don;t get all stabbed form the pins!!!

  4. I machine bind my quilts for the top and back. I wrap the binding around to the back and pin it in place. Then I slowly and careful stitch in the ditch to sew the binding on the back. But I have honestly never tried hand stitching the binding on so I can’t say which is better.

  5. I need this tool! I’ve tried binding many ways, including the way this ruler seems to work, but I always get screwed up when I try to do it this “diagonal seam” way. I really really need to have this tool…seriously!

  6. I am just starting to bind a baby quilt now
    so I am going to pay attention to evenness and batting in the binding

    I usually sew to front and hand finish back.
    Occasionally, I use double fold and machine sew

  7. Would love to try this, the hardest part is joining the ends on the bias- I often hand sew those bits together! I fully machine bind now, after much trial and error and learning!

  8. I have seen but not used the binding tool before. It looks like something I could really use! I machine stitch the binding to the front and then flip it to the back and hand sew. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I machine bind both sides but am still new to it and dread it when it comes time. I hope some day I can say it’s my favorite part of quilting!

  10. I have the large binding tool and love it, especially as a new quilter. I still struggle with the small projects and didn’t know they had a mini version. If I win I would give the large to a friend and keep the mini for myself.

  11. I generally hand sew the back although high usage quilts are machined via a stitch in the ditch. Would this tool work on minis e.g. 12×12 size?

  12. I usually machine sew to the front and then hand sew the back. I always have to check a tutorial that I have on my PC to get that final connection right. This ruler would eliminate that, I believe.

  13. For “everyday” quilts, I machine sew the binding on the back, turn it to the front, and machine sew it down. For “company coming” quilts I sew the binding on the front and hand sew the back.

  14. I just can’t get the hang of a totally machine done binding, so I machine it on the front and hand sew to the back. I learned to do bias joining of strips. This tool looks like a great help with that! Thanks for sharing.

  15. I sew my binding on the front using the machine,then turn and hand sew it to the back. I have struggled with joining the binding and this would be an awesome tool to add to my sewing tool chest! Thanks so much for the video, it helped alot! 🙂

  16. I’ve only made three so far, but for the first two I machine sewed on the back then machine sewed on the front. I was very happy with the way these looked. For my third one I tried the same thing and just wasn’t satisfied, so I ended up machine sewing to the front then hand stitching the back.

    As a beginner this tool sounds like a lifesaver for making smooth bindings. I can use all the help I can get!!

  17. My usual method of binding is to sew by machine to the front, fold over to back for hand stitching. Depending on the purpose of the quilt, on rare occasions I have sewn by machine totally.

  18. I use to sew by machine the front of the quilt, and fold the binding over the back and hand stitch it in the back.Thanks for the chance!!

  19. I’m fascinated by this tool. I have been using bias seems for joining all the pieces of my binding except that final one that cant be done until the end. It bothered me that it didn’t match and caused that extra spot of bulk.

  20. I machine sew my bindings to the front, and hand stitch them to the back. I have joined the seams on the bias, as well as straight across. I have tried all sorts of ways – following instructions from books, video tutorials, and fellow quilters. So far nothing feels exactly right. This sounds like just what I need!

  21. Machine sew on the front, hand sew on the back. Joining the ends is always a challenge. I’ve tried various methods but haven’t used the binding tool.

  22. I actually like to do bindings. On quilts, I stitch the front by machine and hand-stitch the back. On table runners, I generally do a faux piped binding entirely by machine. But I can never remember what to do with those fabric tails, so I need these tools!!! So glad they make a mini tool for my narrow bindings!

  23. I machine stitch to the front and hand stitch the binding to the back. Tis tools looks like it would make joining the ends so much easier. I love that it has multiple use too.

  24. I usually machine bind my quilts, sewing them to the back first and using a zig zag or straight stitch on the front. When I come to the end, I leave both tails loose quite a bit and then sew the tails together diagonally like when making the binding. Then I cut off the extra, fold it in half, and sew it all down!

  25. I have been “tucking” my ends together, but it is bulky. I’ve tried connecting them in the past but I was getting twisted up. This makes it look so easy. I love the video from Missouri Star, because that really helped too.

  26. You said to leave a comment about how I bind my quilts now. Well to be honest I bind my quilts poorly lol. I can never remember how to cut the binding so it joins together right. I have tried various different methods of sewing the binding by machine. I am new at quilting so my next attempt will be to sew it by hand and see if that will work.

  27. Love the large binding tool, would love to have the mini! These really make a difference in the quilt binding, no bulky join! I add all my bindings to the front, by machine with mitered corners, then flip and finish by hand.

  28. i bind them just like that, but without that ruler! i mark my starting end on inside and measure 1/2″ out. i have cut along the wrong mark before 🙁 this ruler would definitely be a big help!

  29. I sew my binding to the front then hand stitch to the back. I leave several inches at the beginning of the binding and then I do a 40degree sewing to connect the two ends. Some times I get one tail twisted and then have to start over. This would be a great tool to have. Thanks for the chance to win your gift.

  30. I do mine just like Bizy Stitches!! I often have to rip out and get the binding going the right way!! Thanks for the chance to win this tool!!

  31. I machine stich double fold continuous binding to the front and then hand sew it to the back. I just like the clean look. (Though my husband says why are you sewing it by hand isn’t that why you have a machine?? HaHa!) Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. I usually machine sew the front binding on and hand do the back. I haven’t mastered machine sewn binding on the back yet. Always looking for a quick way to do binding.

  33. I machine stitch to the front, then fold over and machine stitch on the front of the quilt and catch it on the back. I always have trouble joining up the ends when sewing it down on the front. Looks like a great tool.

  34. I am just making my first quilt and am rather scared of getting to the binding part. Thanks for a great giveaway, it looks to be just what I need right now.

  35. I machine stitch one side of the binding onto my quilt and do the other side by hand. I have a horrible time trying to join my binding at the ends. This tool looks like it will help.

  36. I think list most others here, I machine stitch the binding to the front and then handstitch the back. These tools are amazing because I always forget how to join the two ends and have to dig through books to find instructions.

  37. I sew binding by machine leaving the start open aprox. 5 inches, then when I get back to the start cut the binding to fit. This tool and method are so much more precise. Love it!

  38. I usually use a double fold binding and stitch by machine and hand. I use to fold one end under to finish, but now joining the ends with a bias seam. I always have to find the tuturial to remember how to do it,so this would be great!!!

  39. Currently I make all my binding from 2-1/2″ strips. Those are ironed into 1-1/4″ strips. I machine sew them to the front and then hand stitch to the back. The strips are joined with a bias seam. And to join the two ends, I place my 2-1/2″ wide ruler on top of the overlapping ends and trim them down. Then I sew them together with a bias seam. It sounds like a lot of work as I am writing it all out, but it isn’t, and it looks nice when it is done.

  40. I love hand stitching my binding after machine stitching a double binding to the front I hand stitch the back. Then I get to sit with my quilt covering me and really enjoy it (unless it is 100 degrees).

  41. Fun tool! I wonder if the mini would help me with my mug rugs and such? I do sew binding to the back and then flip to the front where I machine stitch on again.
    Thanks! ~ Christina in Cleveland

  42. Right now I use my Bernina binding attachment, cut 1 1/2 in. strips and sew it on, done! I have no problem with hand binding until I get to the end when I have to join the seams. This tool would be awesome!

  43. I usually machine stitch the binding on and then handstitch the back. If I ever get far enough on my next quilt to finish it, I am going to try the flange technique and machine stitch all the way!

  44. Looks like a great tool. I machine sew it on the front and then hand stitch it on the back. Sometimes I have trouble with that final bias seam so this looks like it would help.Thanks for the chance to win.

  45. I machine quilt the binding to the front and then hand stitch to the back. I have the most trouble attaching one binding strip to another when I am making my single long strip of binding. I wonder if this tool would make that simpler as well?

  46. I machine stitch double fold binding to the front of my quilts and then hand stitch to the back. I love getting to the binding stsge when making quilts but find joining my ends tricky. Cool tool. Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. I love this tool!!! and would love to add it to my quilting tool collection!! I sew my bindings on by machine to the front of the quilt, fold to back and hand stitch. I love to sew bindings on!!!

  48. I machine bind my quilts and have just started making my own binding haven’t been quilting long but i love it I bind the back first then the top
    this would be so awesome for me as I pretty much just guess by over lapping my ends and sewing them together and hope its right I recently on friday the 13th messed up my binding and had to remove the whole thing that was a first and not one to be repeated lol

  49. I also machine sew to the front, and then hand sew onto the back.
    I did try machine sewing the back once too, but made a right mess of it!
    This tool looks great! 🙂

  50. I sew my binding by machine and join the ends in the same fashion as demonstrated, but without the binding tool. I would love to have one! Thanks.

  51. I sew one side of the binding down and then use a similar method but without the tool. Which is why I sew the join first before cutting because I don’t always get it right.

  52. Double fold bias binding is my choice for large quilts and throws. It’s stitched on by machine then turned and hand appliqued. I experiment with different methods of joining the bias strips so I could really use a binding tool. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  53. I didn’t realize there was a mini-binding tool. Would love to win this as I’ve really gotten in to the mini quilts lately (so I can actually get something completed…LOL!!)

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  54. I use a double fold binding (unless it’s a really small quilt then I use a single layer of fabric so it’s not too bulky), I sew it on the front with the machine and then hand stitch the back. Although it takes some time it’s not difficult – the hardest part is sewing the ends together so this tool would be awesome.

  55. I currently machine sew my binding and when it comes to the end I TRY TO do as suggested, it comes out all right although at times a little bulky. I would love the opportunity to make my quilts ‘Blue Ribbon’ worthy! Thanks for the opportunity! I love Moda fabrics!

  56. I use double-fold binding. I always had a hard time finishing the binding until someone told me to cut the overlap of the binding the width of your binding strip. Makes it so easy now to join any binding. This tool would come in really handy though for my sister, who is just learning to quilt.

  57. I always make double-fold continuous binding strips and machine stitch them to the front of the quilt, mitre the corners and hand stitch to the back.

  58. On the last quilt I finished, I overlapped the tails and put pins where they should connect. This tool would surely make that process much easier. Thanks a bunch for the chance to win! ☺

  59. I sew the binding to the back and hand sew it to the front. To finish off, I have to get out my “The Quilters Bible” book and read the directions. The tool looks waaaay easier.

  60. I sew the binding to the quilt by machine, then hand stitch the binding to finish. I really enjoy doing the final step of the binding by hand. I

  61. I rotary cut my strips, sew together on bias, fold and iron, machine sew to front and hand stitch to back. I must admit that matching up the ends of the binding, also on the bias, is the hard part for me. I would LOVE this little tool!

  62. I either make a “self binding,” by folding the backing fabric over to the front and machine stitching down–or I make double-fold bias binding, machine stitch it to the front, then fold to the back. At this point, I secure it with Clover Wonder Clips and Dritz Hem Clips (if I don’t have enough Wonder Clips), then top stitch it using a decorative machine stitch such as the feather stitch. Hand sewing is extremely painful for me–and oftentimes, hand sewn bindings come out in the washing machine. 🙁

  63. I machine-sew the binding strips, then depending on whether or not I have a deadline, I either hand-sew or stitch in the ditch. However, I feel rather dumb that it didn’t occur to me to ever look for this tool. I can’t tell you how many different tutorials I’ve watched, but couldn’t wrap my brain around it. My quilts would FAIL if judged!! 🙂

  64. I love binding and I think I am really good at it. Cut my strips 2″ wide. Fold in half and iron. Start with a 45 degree cut at starting edge in the middle of a side on the front of the quilt. Stitch to within 1/4″ to end. Leave needle in fabric and pivot so point is pointing towards me, decrease stitch number real low and stitch off to point. Then the usual flip up, then down and continue to stitch to within 12″ of start. The rest is so confusing I give up trying to explain it. I really need this ruler…LOL

  65. I use different methods depending on the look I want, but try to end the way you show, only without this neat gadget! I love gadgets, and would love to win this one.Thanks for the chance!

  66. I bind by sewing to the front by machine and hand stitching to the back but have some problems with the joining. This tool looks like to might just do the trick and would love to win one because of limited budget.

  67. I also machine stitch to the front, hand stitch to the back. Joining the two ends of the binding can be tricky–I overlap the two ends and sew across the join. I always use a basting stitch first to make sure it will fit properly b/c it doesn’t always and I have to re-do. It’s the best way I’ve tried, though not fool-proof.

  68. I use a very similar method to connect the binding ends, but with a lot more guesswork. This tool looks like it will work wonderfully and without the guesswork!

  69. I use double fold binding and sew to the front and hand sew to the back side using the ladder stitch. I love that you can’t see it stitches. When joining the binding ends together seem to take a couple of tries to get it right. Thanks for a chance to win the Binding Tool.

  70. I sew the double fold binding to the front then fold over to the back and had stitch. This tool looks like a great tool to finish off the binding EASY!!

  71. I sew the double fold binding to the front then fold over to the back and had stitch. This tool looks like a great tool to finish off the binding EASY!!

  72. I machine stitch double fold binding to the front and hand stitch the back. Usually stitch, rip, stitch to get the correct angle for that final seam!

  73. I would love to master this part of the binding process – have watched a friend do it for years and just can’t seem to make it work. If this ruler does the trick, then it’s a must have.

  74. Most times I sew the binding to the front of the quilt. After wrapping the binding to the back, I stitch in the ditch. It doesn’t show on the front and it just catches the binding edge on the back.

  75. I have yet to bind a quilt! I am working on my first one right now. I’m sure this tool will come in very handy once I’m ready to bind it, though!

  76. I saw this tool at a quilt show, and could kick myself for leaving without it! I leave a ten inch opening, butt them together diagonally, press and sew them together. Such a process! I’m buying one of these if I don’t win one!!

  77. On the two projects I’ve completed I have sewn the binding to the front of the quilt. Then wrapped the binding to the back and stitch in the ditch. It doesn’t show on the front and it just catches the binding edge on the back. Sure would like to have these tools! Thanks for the how-to and for the chance to win them!

  78. I’m new to quilting and have just used a regular ruler and guesswork. Have only made 2 twin sized simple block quilts for my daughters. I would LOVE a binding tool for precision. The right tool for the right job, eh? I just discovered this blog and am LOVING it! Thanks for all the tips!

  79. Unless I’m doing hand stitching, I sew the binding on the back, pull it to the front and sew it down. I know how to do the finishing bias binding but I forget and have to rediscover the technique each time I bind. I finally learned how to do good, sharp corners this year. Practice makes it better! Thanks.

  80. I attach my binding by machine to the front of the quilt, then hand stitch it to the back. I join my ends on the diagonal, but always always try to be careful to cut it accurately. Maybe this tool would take away some of the angst about the process. Thanks for the demo!

  81. I cut my binding 2 1/4 inches. I join the strips with a bias seam. Then after it’s sewed and I’m ready to join the ends, it’s all trial and error, and time consuming. Your tool sounds great.

  82. I use a folded binding which I sew to the front by machine and then I sew it to the back by hand. I could use some help to get the end seam to look the way I want it to.

  83. I generally do my bindings with the method described in the video, but the measurements are always a guessing game. This ruler would really make it easier!

  84. I machine stitch the binding to the front and hand sew it to the back. To join it at the end, I cut the end of one piece on the bias, fold over a 1/4 inch seam allowance, then tuck the other end inside. I whip stitch the overlapped edge down. I would love to try the binding tool to finish the ends.

  85. I have never heard of the ruler before or I would have one. IT usually takes me more than once to get the end of the binding right. I would love to win one.

  86. I try to bind my quilts with the ends sewn as shown here, but end up with a mess! So, I just turn under the edge and sew it down, making a bit of bulk on the end. Not pretty, but is done!
    Sandy A

  87. I bind my quilts completely by machine. I’ve been following the directions for joining the two ends of the binding that appear in The Quilter’s Catalog by Meg Cox. The book is always right there on my sewing table. I though I had it memorized but I ended up making a mobius strip, so now I always check the book (which pretty much opens by itself to that page). Thanks.

  88. I machine stitch 2 1/4″ double fold binding to the front of my quilt and hand stitch it down on the back. Thanks for the giveaway.

  89. I am a machine binding kind of girl, I love the look of it, especially zig zag.
    I would love to win this, it would be the best prize EVER!! 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  90. As a beginner, this looks like the perfect tool. I have struggled with joining the ends with each project. I have only done machine binding – stitch to the front, fold over to the back and SID from the front.

  91. I machine stitch down and hand finish. I have managed to joined the ends on the bias One time and sent off to a swap partner who never even sent hers to me. Lately, I’ve started joining the ends Straight instead of biased. I like the lack of bulk, but the lack of bias does bug me!

  92. Do I really have to admit how I do my binding. I have my aunt cut and machine sew my binding on one side and then I hand stitch the other side. After watching the video I think I now understand and can do it all by myself with the new tool. Yes yes yes I would love to win this so I can do my own binding all by myself!

  93. I use a binding that finishes out at about 3/8″, double fold. And always leave the batting to the edge so that the binding is full. I machine sew it to the front of hte quilt and then hand sew it down. =)

  94. I’d love to win this tool! I;ve had so much trouble doing this simple task and I can’t seem to remember it either. Maybe having this handy tool will help for sure! Rather than having to turn on YouTube every time I do a binding and watching Jenny Doans Binding video. Mind you she is an amazing teacher I think I need simplicity and this is what this binding tool is simple! If only I owned one. Please chose me! Thank you Julie

  95. I’m still newish to quilting and have only sewn the binding to the front and hand stitched to the back. I’m wanting to try all machine stitched. Would love to try this tool as where the beginning and end of my binding join is a it tricky for me.

  96. I usually just have my mother-in-law do my binding! So these tools would come in very handy and help me to do the binding myself! Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. I’ve only made a couple quilts but I sewed the binding on the front & hand stitched the back. The hardest part for me was cutting & attaching the tails! This tool would be perfect for me! I’ve cut the tails on the wrong angle before! The binding tool would solve that problem for sure. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  98. I currently use bias binding for most of my quilts. I stitch them on by machine finishing by hand. I would love to have one of these rulers. It would make joining the ends so much easier.

  99. I don’t bind my quilts using this method because I’m too chicken. I’m afraid I will cut one side or the other too short and then have to do some fancy footwork to get enough binding to finish up. I just cut the side I begin sewing down on the diagonal, fold under and press a 1/4″, and then nest the ending tail into the beginning. I make sure that I’ve inserted enough so there’s no gap. I also make sure that the folded edges of both sections are as tight as possible for a smooth edge. I could have used the mini tool on a mug rug I just finished as it called for a 2″ binding. The tool makes it look easy enough so I might give it a try. I’d have to do a lot of practicing though before doing it on a large quilt.

  100. Oh my!! This tool would help me so much! I struggle to get the binding just right! And I think making the pattern looks SO much fun to make! Thanks for the chance to win!

  101. I really enjoy sitting and doing the handwork on the back of binding after attaching it to the front. I have trouble connecting the two ends on the bias. Also, have severe tendonitis and arthritis on my sewing hand/thumb. Anything that would help with doing what I love is appreciated. If I don’t win this, I will more than likely buy it. Thanks for a terrific giveaway.

  102. I sew the binding on the front and follow along with your directions until joining the ends. I leave my first end with a 45 angle cut and next I match up the last end and add 1/2″, and then sew on and hand stitch to the back. I’m sure your tool would indeed help keep me quite precise! thanks!

  103. I machine stitch on the binding and then hand turn and hand sew down. What a unique way to work on bindings. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas.

  104. I love doing the binding but it probably wouldn’t pass a judge’s inspection. I machine sew the binding to the front and hand sew to the back. I don’t always use bias seams in the binding.

  105. I’ve actually have never “binded” a quilt before. I have two lap quilts tops sewn but not bound. I just am nervous about doing it (scared) so they just sit. I will try your method soon. 😉

  106. When it’s time for me to bind a quilt, I call my daughter who helps me! From the looks of your pictures, it seems that’s the way she does it. We follow a Heather Bailey tutorial, and I’m always so glad to get it finished!

  107. I sew my binding on the front of my quilt and hand finish the back. I only do a bias binding if I have curves to deal with. Looks like a great tool – thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  108. I’ve just starting using glue to help me get my binding on correctly. Still need lots of practice. I was going to make mug rugs, but the binding looks so awful. Thanks for putting my name in the hat for this drawing!

  109. I use a double-fold binding and stitch to the front by machine. I hand stitch the binding to the back and finish by top-stitching on the front side of the project if I want the security of machine stitching. I do the final miter by determining where the binding meets on the fold line and then miter through that point with the two ends of the binding perpendicular to each other and right sides together.

  110. I usually machine sew the front, hand stitch the back. The join is sometimes done diagonally, but usually I just fold one side into a triangle and tuck down the other side into the triangle. Thanks for the giveaway.

  111. I have just started quilting and have completed one top and almost my second top. I am ready to pin my first quilt top. I am looking for all tools that will make it easier. This appears to be one of those tools.

  112. I bind by hand but I have problems with my thumb that makes the hand stitching painful. I can see how this tool will help joining the ends where I am always challenged.

  113. I cut strips for a double fold binding and machine stitch it to the front of the ‘sandwich quilt’ and hand sew to the backing. This tool looks like it is definitely a ‘must have’ and will speed up the process and eliminate errors 🙂

  114. This is how I do my bindings – just with a few more steps and without the tool. This seems like it would make the process easier. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

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