Lickety-Split Quilt Bindings

When time and cuteness matter, this is the binding for you!

I first saw this binding technique on Pinterest and it was called, “Susie’s Magic Binding”. I wish I knew who Susie was because I’d like to personally thank her for this binding idea!

While I’ve changed the measurements to produce a smaller binding, more to my liking, I’ve used this technique of binding numerous times.  It’s great for things like utility quilts, baby quilts (the ones which will be well-loved and get lots of use), seasonal quilts, table runners, etc. I’ve used it on several seasonal quilts, which see the light of day for about one month a year and therefore don’t need a hand-turned binding.

The best part about Susie’s Magic Binding (I’ll call my version Lickety-Split Quilt Binding for clarity) is that it gives your quilt a tiny burst of color which looks like a piping or micro-flange while it gives your needle a perfect nesting spot for stitching it down by machine.

If you want a wide binding, click  here for Susie’s method.

My version gives you options of a 2 1/4 inch or a 2-inch binding (which I use for smaller art quilts).

Image of Machine Stitching on Binding

Binding technique for when time and cuteness matter.

Here are my cutting measurements for Lickety-Split Quilt Binding:

2 1/4 inch binding:

Main binding  strip: 1 1/4″

Accent strip: 1 1/2″

2 inch binding:

Main binding strip: 1 1/8″

Accent strip:  1 3/8″


Simply cut your strips and sew them end to end and press like normal binding, but do it for both colors.

Then sew the two long strips together, press seam to the binding color.

With the seam facing down, align the edge of the binding along the edge of your quilt and stitch a 1/4 seam (or smaller than your final stitch seam), connecting the ends with your favorite method. Lastly turn your binding to the front of your quilt and stitch in the ditch between the two fabrics. I like to use a seam guide and move my needle to a comfortable spot.

Note: I have not used this method on show quilts or nicer quilts which call for a hand-turned binding.  I did notice at our last guild show that one of the quilts in the winner’s circle (triangle) had a machine-attached binding, so it’ll be interesting to see where the quilting world goes with this!

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  1. Teresa Althoff

    I struggle with bindings. Thx for sharing!

  2. Linda Gast

    Thank you so much for the tip on the magic binding. I am going to use it on my next quick project!

  3. The Bee

    You are welcome! It definitely has it’s applications -when time is an issue.

  4. The Bee

    You are welcome!