Tutorial - Single Fold Binding

The mug rug and doll quilt craze has gripped crafters all over the world. Like everyone else, I love making mug rugs and have just finished a doll quilt for a swap.

I find that using double fold binding is way too thick (and pointless) for these little quilts.

These little quilts are more for show than use, so I think a single fold binding is perfect. Single fold binding frames these little lovlies well and I think it looks so much neater than it's bigger bulkier brother.

I came across single fold binding instructions somewhere online about 6 months ago - but for the life of me cannot remember where. So to that person - a big thank you!

Here's how I make my single fold binding:

First I cut my fabric strips for the binding at 1.25". If more length is required, attach however many strips you need for your project - just like you would when making your double fold binding.

Start about halfway along one side, leaving a tail for joining, sew the binding to the top with right sides together (1/4" seam). I use my 1/4" foot because it has a great little guide, but a walking foot is probably the better option for.

From the front of the quilt, turn out the binding and press it with a hot iron.
Flip it over now and begin to fold over your binding once and then twice so it covers your stitches... I think the next pictures explain what I want to say better.

Press and then use pins to hold it down as you work along the quilt edges. Mitre the corners as you would normally do with your double fold binding.
Slip stitch it in place along the seamline.
And there you have it. Nice. Neat. And no unsightly bulk.


  1. Yeah, this way is good! I've always done it this way. :)

  2. Yes this is very valuable advise.
    Thank you

  3. Very much agree and very good tutorial. Double is so unnecessary and a struggle on such small projects. I, also, use the single fold on any potholders/hotpads that I make for the same reason. The layer of "Insul-Bright" batting adds to the bulk,also.

  4. I must try this, thanks for the tutorial

  5. Duh!!! gees we get something in our head and then it's hard to think outside the box.haha.ha..a.a.
    Thank you!

  6. thanks so much I found this just in time to try on my table runners I'm making for gifts ! Yippee !

  7. Now it makes sense, thanks

  8. Another trick that my grandmother taught me was to built the single binding into the back. The backing it cut oversized to allow it to be folded toward the front of the quilt and hand stitched. I am currently using this technique for a mini quilt tree ornament.


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