Jacquelynne Steves

Binding Odd Angles Tutorial

Standard quilts have corners with 90 degree angles, but sometimes you come across a project with an “odd” angle. Today, I am going to show you how to bind a quilt which has 135 degree corners (8 sides). Next week, I’ll show you how to make the cute little project that I’m binding today!! (Find the Valentine’s Day Mug Rug project here.)

You will need binding strips just like if you were binding a standard shaped quilt (usually 2 1/4 – 2 1/2″ wide.) Fold them in half lengthwise, right sides out, and press.

Place the binding on the edge of the quilt, with raw edges aligned. Use a ruler and draw a line which is 1/4″ from each edge. Then draw a line from the intersection to the corner of the quilt.

Sew along the first edge, then along the line that goes to the corner:

Fold up the strip, so that the raw edge is even with the next edge of the quilt:

Fold the strip down, so it’s even with the quilt edge. The fold should make a 90 degree angle. Pin the strip in place. Draw your lines for the next corner:

Start sewing about 1/4″ from the fold:

Sew along the line, out toward the corner:

Repeat at each corner.

Fold binding to back of quilt and hand stitch in place:


Click here for a printable PDF of this tutorial.


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    grace horton
    Posted December 28, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Thank you for such clear instructions.

    • Carolyn
      Posted May 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      This is very good.

  • Theresa Taylor
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I have been wondering how to do this great instructions.

  • Marion Knights
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Jacquelynne, would this be the same method if I did not do hand stitching, and attached my binding from the back of a project. Thanks, Marion

    • Posted January 2, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Marion! I think it would work. The back looks similar to the front, much like when you do front-to-back binding.

  • BARB Emerson
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I’ve been doing “hit’n’miss” all this time with a lot of “misses”! Thanks for making this so clear!!!.

  • Pat
    Posted January 1, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Nice tutorial!

  • Helen
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    wow. you described this perfectly. just too late for my guess worked Christmas presents! Will keep reference for future. Thanks.

  • Carol
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Great tutorial! Thanks, Jacquelynne!

  • Denniele
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!!

  • Chris Konieczny
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I have made a quilt with scalloped borders & had all sorts of trbls with the scalloped going down & then up, HELP.

  • Marsha
    Posted January 4, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Thank you. I’ve had a king size quilt done for my bed for 6 months but the top and bottom have big points across so, I never finished it. Now I can tackle it. Wish me luck and perseverance.

  • CarolK
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Great tutorial and fantastic visuals. I wouldn’t be able to follow along without those. You are a very good teacher. Hugs

  • Betty Tompsett
    Posted January 12, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    This is a great tutorial Jacquelynne! I would not have tried your pretty small quilt before I read this item,now I may just get out of beginner to try this cute mat! Hugs Bet

  • Monica Kostak
    Posted January 26, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    My Valentine table topper almost done-checking into figure out the binding part :) Thanks so much for the tute. The table topper is going to be sew cute displayed in the office.

  • Pat Harris
    Posted January 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Very good instructions. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda
    Posted February 10, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Interesting video. Never saw a video on different angels to bind before. Thank you. Signed up today to get your emails should be fun.

  • Cynthia Xanos
    Posted June 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been trying to figure out how to bind odd corners. Very helpful tutorial. Now, I won’t be afraid to try quilt patterns with odd corners.

  • Posted January 15, 2019 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I really love this Valentine Mini project and the binding is great!

  • Nonna Andie
    Posted January 15, 2019 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I can not find your Binding Angles Tutorial on Blueprint/Craftsy.
    Can you please send it to me or verify that it is still available? I know that a few things have changed since Blueprint took over Craftsy.

    Thanks so much, Nonna Andie

  • Chris
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Thx for the info

  • Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you. Will make binding so so much easier

  • Brenda
    Posted June 23, 2019 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Wow, that is so beautifully clear to follow. Everything you do is amazing to me! I have been learning to quilt by making potholders and have struggled even with just the square corners. Having seen this will make that easier for me and I will not be afraid to try those angles. I have also struggled with finishing off the binding. I will search to see if you have a tutorial for that. I also struggle with the quilting if stopping and starting in the middle about what to do with the ends of the threads. I will look at all your tutorials. It must be so fulfilling to be able to make so many beautiful things and to teach others so well. Thank you so much!

  • Posted November 11, 2019 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    How do you join the ends of binding to finish on these small projects?

    • Posted November 12, 2019 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Hi Kay,

      It would be the same as doing regular binding. I usually leave about an inch of the first end unsewn (don’t sew it onto the quilt, just leave it hanging,) and fold the raw edge under about 1/2″. Then, I trim the second end so that it will tuck neatly underneath the folded edge of the first end.
      ​Hope this helps!

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