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Decorative Binding Stitching

by | Quilting, Tips & Tricks

I didn’t know this was a thing. Using a decorative stitch to tack down binding? Who knew? 

Apparently a lot of people. I recently saw a post come through my Instagram feed where someone had used a decorative stitch for their binding. I was instantly intrigued. 

Fortunately, I was just finishing up my Halloween quilt top. The perfect opportunity to try it out!


I stitch the binding onto the back side of the quilt for this method. I use about a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Then, I flip the folded edge of the binding around to the front side of the quilt. Wonder clips are used to hold it in place.

Now the fun part!


I chose a decorative stitch I liked. As I began to stitch, I ensured the stitch was going completely off the edge of the folded side of the bias. This will ensure the binding is held in place sufficiently.

That’s exactly what I love about using a decorative stitch as opposed to a simple straight stitch. It gives more reinforcement. With the overlap and back and forth of a decorative stitch, I can be assured that binding is in a stronghold!

Additionally, using a decorative stitch really helped when rounding the corner. There was no question that all of the fabric would be caught in the stitch as I pivoted.

I think this will be my new MO. 

Can’t wait to finish up my next quilt top and try this again!!

What about you? Have you ever tried a decorative stitch on binding?




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