Free & Non-binding: Alternative Quilt Finishes

I have been researching and experimenting with alternative quilt finishes for some time culminating (so far!) in this tutorial for my Favourite Facing Finish that is suitable for rectangular and gently irregular-shaped quilts.

Here is listing of other online tutorials demonstrating a range of quilt-finishing techniques other than binding:

Four Fantastic Quilt Finishing Techniques DVD – ALL SOLD!
See Issue #37 of Quilters Companion and my instructional DVD which covers the following four quilt finishing techniques:

  • continuous mitred binding;
  • facing finish;
  • pillow case with "escape hatch";and
  • satin stitch/zig zag edging.

You can still download the instruction sheets for these four techniques. Download Instructions: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5


  1. Terry Grant has a nice narrow satin stitch tutorial here:

  2. Brenda,

    Thanks for these links they make a good reference point for different approaches to facing or binding a quilt.


  3. I have two favs, one of which is a turned back facing although you do it a little differently than I do, and Meldoy’s interesting apporach is already filed away up top. My other fav though is what Mimi Deitrich calls ‘french binding’ in her book Happy Endings. I always have great success with it – a doubled strip of fabric cut on the straight and sewn to the front, folded in a particular way as you approach each corner and turn it; the result being that as you fold the binding to the back to stitch down it re-folds at the corner to lie flat there, as well. I feel a little tutorial coming on, myself – it should be on my blog by later today. cheers –


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