Saturday 17 November 2012

Quilt Border Tutorial

Begin by measuring for the side borders. 
Measure in the middle of the quilt from top to bottom. 
This will allow for the quilt to square up evenly
once the borders are attached. 

Cut your border fabric to the desired width
and remove the selvage edge. 

You can stack both border pieces for cutting, if desired. 

Cut your side borders to the desired length.   

When cutting,
keep the edge of your fabric and your cutting line perpendicular,
using your mat as a guide. 

Pin the length of border fabric in half. 

Now pin into quarters.  

3 pins and 4 even sections of border fabric.  

Now pin the side edge of the quilt into quarters. 

Match up pins on border and quilt edges.

Pin border to quilt edge. 

Sew border to quilt, easing as necessary,
using a 1/4" seam allowance.

The first side border on.

Press towards the border.  

Repeat the process for the other side. 
The two side borders are now on.  

Now measure for your top and bottom borders.
Measure at the middle of the quilt from side to side.  

Cut your borders and divide into quarters as above.
 Pin top border in place and stitch, using a 1/4" seam.  
Repeat process for the bottom border.   

The borders are on.
There is one more step.  

Set your machine to a 4mm stitch length.  

 Stay stitch all around the edge of the quilt borders. 
This will keep your quilt nice and square for the quilting process.   

Stay-stitching around the quilt edge.  


  1. Thank you for posting the quilt pattern. Everyday I learn something new.

  2. I really thank you doper this written sample and pics were great. I am new to quilt piecing so adding the side binding first was sweet! R2 Rock Hill SC

  3. I've never seen this method of stay-stitching around all edges of borders before quilting. I'll try it on my next quilt (now ready for quilting) - if it works to keep it all nice and square I'll be ever so grateful...sounds good, worth a try! Thanks for sharing this useful tip! &:-)

    1. Whenever I take a top for custom quilting they are always so happy to see the stay-stitching. It keeps the corners from stretching out of shape.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! The stay-stitching makes sense, and I have a quilt top that is ready for it:)

  5. WOW! Thanks for these wonderful tips! I did not know either about this sewing all around the quilt on the side of the border. This is genial! Bravo!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad this was a helpful tutorial.