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:

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

    Thank you for such clear instructions.

  • 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.

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