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Single Fold Binding v Double Fold Binding

Whether it’s single or double fold binding, binding is a method that we all do differently and today, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is here to show she does single and double fold binding. 

Let’s first take a look at single fold binding. Single fold binding is great to use with small projects such as your mini quilts, mug rugs, and table toppers. Watch Lisa’s video to see how you can try this method. 

Nest, is the double fold binding method that we often use in most of our quilts. Watch to learn Lisa’s tips and tricks on how to join the ends of the strips and finishing the quilt. 
In both of Lisa’s videos she likes to use Aurifil 50 wt. thread to machine stitch her binding strips onto her quilt and then use Aurifil 40 wt. to hand stitch her binding since it is thicker. 
Have you tried single or double fold binding? What thread weight do you prefer using when binding? Share with us in the comments section of the blog. 


  1. I use double fold when sewing my bindings in place. Aurifil 50 wt. is what I've been using. With Lisa's technique, I'll try the 40 wt. in the future. Thanks for the video.

  2. I enjoyed watching both videos. It has been quite some time since I did a single fold binding, usually I always choose a double fold (they tend to have such a longer life span). But, I had never considered the thread weight. Thanks for sharing and once again teaching me something new and always useful! Have a wonderful creative day!

  3. Great videos as always. I always enjoy watching the process of others on binding. I especially like the way Lisa joins her ends together. I've said this before but I'll say it again, could someone please show how to stop and start your hand stitching when you run out of thread. Everyone always says "and you just continue stitching around your quilt to the end". I don't know about everyone else but I never have enough thread to stitch all the way around my quilt, what a nightmare that would be. LOL But I always feel clueless on how to stop and start again.

    Keep the great info coming. :o)

  4. Very good videos. I totally agree with krazgrl, no one ever shows how to start and stop hand stitching when you run out of thread. Or, how to end hand stitching on a quilt. I really prefer hand stitching the binding, but many times, it's obvious when I finish a thread.

  5. I didn't know their was a difference until I watched the video on thread weight for binding. I do use 50 wt thread, but double my strands and feel like they will be strong. The single fold reminds me of when we pull the back to the front and fold in 1/2 in to make a binding-like on pot holders. (I have seen in a prev FQS tutorial 🙂 )

  6. I enjoyed Lisa's videos – as I do almost everything as she suggests I can now say I'm binding like a Pro.
    However, in an attempt to make my hand stitching as invisible as possible I found two things work for me personally:
    1. I use a ladder stitch rather than the stitch Lisa shows.
    2. In contrast to Lisa I switch over to a thinner yet stronger thread for the hand stitching part – Fil à Gant from Sajou, a French company. It was used in the past for hand-sewing and repairing gloves. "It is a waxed cotton, n°120, both fine and solid", stitches sink in nicely. That's why I also love it for needleturn appliqué and joining EPP.
    There is, however, one downer to it: Marketing doesn't seem to be the company's strong side. It's hard to find even in Germany, a direct neighbour and EU-member, probably almost impossible in the US.