The Binding Tool Explained – Learn The Perfect Binding Technique


Hi, this is Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and we wanted to do a little update on our binding tutorial. We’ve had some calls about it and some concerns from people, and we thought that if we went a little bit slower that it would work for everybody and you’d be able to see it. I’ve been using this for awhile and I love it. So, let me show you how I do it, and then we’ll go from there.

So, the first thing you want to do is you want to put two pins on the edge of your quilt that are 12” apart, because this is where you’re going to start your binding, and end your binding when you attach your binding you will leave a tail of about 6” – 8”.

So, we’re going to go to the sewing machine and sew this on and then I’ll come back with this binding sewn all the way on and we’ll work it out from there. OK, so here we are back. We’ve sewn our binding all the way around and stopped at the two pins that we have put right in here and left our 10”

So, now if you’ll watch carefully we’re going to take this binding tool and we’re going to lay it right in there. Snug in there to the stitch line, pull it out here. On this line where it says mark, we’re going to mark. Then we’re going to open this up, and we’re going to lay this binding tool with the mark line on the mark line. Which is pretty self-explanatory, and we’re going to trim that. Trim off that little point. The little point helps you line it up when you put it together to sew it. So, you want to trim that off.

OK, so this side is done. Now on the tool it says this side is always up so we take the tool, we rotate it around this way, and we lay it snug under here and we mark on the mark line on this side. Now this is really the big difference that people aren’t getting. Usually they’re binding ends up being about 2 ½” too big and it’s because of this mistake right here. We don’t lay this on the mark line. On this side we put the tip on the mark line. Now on the newer rulers it shows this diagram on it, but for those of you, of us, who have an older one like this one. This is written in the instructions, but you need to remember.

So, your mark doesn’t go in the mark line but the point goes on the mark line and then we go ahead and cut that, and then you will have a perfect little, whoops, that didn’t cut, hang on. There we go, and then these will lay together. You open them up and put them together like this, because your binding is pressed in half you’ll have that center line also. You can stick a little pin right in there and sew this down, and then this will be a perfect
binding strip.

So, let me go sew that and we’ll show you how we lay that down. OK, so
here we are at the sewing machine, and we’re going to put these two edges together. So, you just bunch up this part where you’ve sewn, lay these two pieces on top of each other like this and you’re going to take at least a ¼” seam. This is not one of those times where you have to have a scant seam. You just take a good ¼”, sew it across there, and then when you open this up it’ll stretch out and be the perfect size to fit in your 12” space, so, now let’s go ahead and attach that down.

OK, move that out of here so you can see. Alright, so now we just come along, make sure that’s lined up on the edge, and by doing this you won’t be able to tell where your binding started or where it ends. Alright, so, there we go, and then you just bind like regular. This edge will curve around, and you’ll stitch it down right there, and it’ll be a perfect fit. So, there you have it! A new and improved binding tool! We hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company!

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  • Rosalee Zeier

    I’m buying one of these! All these years I have been struggling with the binding looking right. Thanks for the tutorial

  • Lisa

    Okay looks easy enough well three days later I realized that I cut the end the same way
    and they weren’t ever going to match up lol
    Needless to say I did finish the quilt and it looks great

    • Sarah

      Whew!  Glad you figured it out!

  • Christmasbaby43

    I can’t count the many ways your tutorials have helped me.  And I thought I was a pretty good seamstress, Ha Ha. 

    • Sarah

      Thank you!!  So glad you like them!!  🙂 

  • Pinkberrykay

    I have tried and tried and I am following the directions and watching you step by step and my binding is still too long.  I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong. 🙁

  • Pinkberrykay

    Ok, I figured it out.  I did not have a 12 inch opening and WOW that makes a world of difference.  All better now and I have a perfect binding.  🙂

    • Sarah

      YAYAYAYAY!!! I am so glad you figured it out!!  🙂  Happy binding, from here on out!

  • Gail Stirling

    absolutely love this tool and now would not bind a quilt without using it. get a perfect binding everytime. must admit have to relook at the video everytime (have had 2 strokes and memory is not good) but i do get it .

  • Sue

    Just finished a baby quilt using some of your charm squares, your tumbler template and your binding tool. All of them easy to use. Had to watch the tutorial over and over to get it right but finally it clicked and the border is on and it looks great. Thanks.

    • Sarah

      Yay!  So good to hear about your success!!

  • Mawga1017

    Just tried my new ruler….best $8.95 I ever spent!!!!!!  Thanks…the tutorial was great also!

  • Joanne Veech

    I was really excited to get my binding tool as I knew it was going to make it so much easier. I followed along with you ever step. Only problem was my binding was bigger at almost 3 inches. When I got it all cut it was too short! Now I am trying to fix it. I guess the tool only works for 2 1/2 inches. What a mess, any help for me that would work? I will try it again on the right width. Imstill think it’s going to be a big help.


    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Mar 23 @ 2:43am (UTC):

      Hi Joanne, I am sorry you are having trouble.  I have never tried it with anything but 2 1/2 inches and it is perfect every time.  The trouble most people have is they cut on the line on both sides instead of the line on one side and the point on the other.  Good luck and give us a call if you need more help!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • rainsprite

    Thank you so much for all of your tutorials – you take the fear out of quilting so I don’t have any more excuses not to make a beginning.  So a new quilter takes a step into the quilting world.

    • Sarah

      Yay!!  Good luck to you!  You are gonna love it!  Be patient with yourself….it only gets better and better!

  • Vcwalton

    I love your video’s, have most all of them and some like the binding tool numerous times. in fact each time i use it i like to make sure i am doing it right. is there a way i can print out the instructions? Love this site

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 13 @ 4:17am (UTC):

      The instructions for the binding tool are written right on the tool…I hope this helps.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • Judyville

    I bought this tool after watching your tutorial. I love, love, love it! It worked just perfectly!

    • Sarah


  • Rogersmaryann

    I’m disappointed. I was excited to receive my new binding tool. When I received it I saw it was a pretty blue; however, when trying to mark the binding, I can hardly see the mark line through the tool. Wish I would have gotten theclear one that I ordered.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Mary Ann!  The blue is a protective covering, just peel that off and you should be all set!  Call us at the shop if it gives you any trouble! – 888 571 1122

  • SandyL.

    You have no idea how much I always hated this part of quilting. I alaways did it badly.
    I sure am going to buy one of these tool and use again and again and again.
    thank you again and again and again     Sandy

    • Sarah

      You will love it!  It has improved our bindings!!

  • Carolyn293

    OMG !! I just tried this tool for the first time.  I will never ( repeat never )  bind a quilt any other way.  I sewed the binding while watching the video, stopping it when I needed to,  and it turned out perfect the first time.  Thank you for this tutorial.

    • Sarah

      Yay!!  Great to hear!

  • Deecarr127

    does it make a difference which side you start on. I have followed the directions and the binding is still too big.  I started on the right hand side of the binding

  • Jean LasleyQuilterjean

    Is there any way I can print out the instructions.  My husband is jealous of me having to use the computer every time I’m ready to a binding.  I don’t remember how to do it from one setting to another.  If I could print out the instructions everyone would be happy.

  • Bchrista2

    I bought the binding tool and just used it!  This is the most excellent tool and the greatest tutorial!  Thank you so much I have never had my binding turn out so perfect!!!!!!

  • Kathy Little

    Thank you so much for this additional tutorial on the Binding Tool. My binding was coming out too long and I was going crazy. After this video, all is good again in binding land. Thanks again.

    • Jackie MSQC

      You’re so welcome!! Glad it worked out for you!

  • Thank you, Jenny! Finally it works perfectly! I love love your tutorials!

    • JackieMSQC

      Thanks so much!!!

  • Bev

    Jenny, I love the way you explain the use of the tools. Thank you so much for your tutorials.

  • Ali kaczan

    Well, this makes a whole lot more sense now!!!! Thank you!

  • Mary

    I think it’s important to note that this tool works great if your binding is 2 1/2 inches but will be ‘off’ if your binding is wider/narrower. I was using with a 2 1/8 binding and the binding was too long. A commenter below had the opposite problem with a 3″ binding. Otherwise a great tool.

  • lakesidenana

    I am a very visual learner and don’t understand directions if they are just printed. I love your tutorials! Keep them coming! Thanks again 🙂

    • JenM

      There’s plenty more to come. Thanks for watching!

  • CJ

    I got my tool in the mail yesterday. I used it this morning with the help of this tutorial. It works great! Thanks!


    Love the binding tool. I retired from nursing last year and have taught myself to quilt from your tutorials. They are fantastic!!! I love all yall at MSQC. You are really good and make me feel like I was right there in your shop.Would love to visit with you sometime, but I can’t pull myself away from the sewing machine. I live in Ringgold,Ga

  • Christy

    Thank you, Jenny, for the great tutorial. I just tried this method for the first time tonight, and it was a huge success. My join is so much smoother than it was when I was just tucking the ends underneath each other and stitching over all that bulk. You are an incredible teacher.

  • Jerilyn Owen

    OH MY GOSH JENNY!!!! This tool works awesome!!! I ordered this tool from you MONTHS ago and was always afraid to try it. lol So I put on your tutorial again with my quilt in front of me and guess what! I DID IT!!!!! I have to say I doubted that mine would turn out like yours did and it did!!! THANK YOU!!! I love your tutorials and am patiently waiting until your newest project is completed and I can come down and stay there on a quilting getaway!!! Sending love from Wisconsin!! You Rock!

  • Sue Christensen

    Thanks, Jenny! This is a great tool, but without your tutorial, I’m not sure I could have figured out the directions written on it! 🙂

    • JenniferMSQC

      Glad it helped, Sue!

  • Fairlee

    Will using the Binding tool work the same way if you start with the binding on the back like your other tutorial and then fold over to the front?


    I just bought this tool to make braid quilts but after watching the video I will use it to bind also. Thank you so much Jenny for all your videos!

  • Bonnie Moothart

    This is the best tutorial. I have done three bindings now using the tool, and it is so slick and looks so great. Thank you so much.

  • Judy Eddy

    I have never really liked the “lump” I have when finishing my binding. I am definitely getting myself a binding tool!! Thanks Jenny and Crew for all your hard work. It is definitely appreciated. Judy

  • Karen from Pa.

    I bought the binding tool to make the binding tool quilt, but I have a baby quilt done and ready to bind, SO wanting to use the tool. HMMMMM, I have tried it twice, but it comes out too short each time. I am using 3″ satin binding, is it because my binding is not 2 1/2″ ? I am going to keep trying, Any suggestions………………… What am I doing wrong. HELP