Binding quilt corners octagon

Binding quilt corners octagon

Quilt binding corners which are not standard right angles can seem difficult.  I have been asked for ideas on how to bind a quilt with non standard corners like an octagon or hexagon.  The method is very similar to the normal way of binding quilt corners, but just looks slightly different because the angle is different.

Make the binding strip in the normal way.  I use 2.1/2″ strips of fabric pressed in half along the middle so that they become double thickness strips of fabric 1.1/4″ wide.  For my octagon quilt I have used four strips of fabric cut across the width.

Lay the binding with the fold towards the middle of the quilt, raw edges in line with the quilt edge and start sewing the binding to the quilt about half way along one edge.  Leave about an inch of the binding free so that you can join it to the other end of the binding.

Quilt binding corners

Mark the halfway point of the corner

Mark the halfway point of the corner

Pin the halfway angle

Pin the halfway angle

Before you begin sewing the binding, find the half way angle of the corner.  This will not be along the seam because you have a square corner on one side of the seam and a triangle corner on the other side.  You can either use a protractor to measure the angle or just judge it by eye.  Mark a small line along the halfway point and then place a pin along that line with the point of the pin towards the corner.


Sew to the pin

Sew to the pin

Fold the binding away from the quilt

Fold the binding away from the quilt

Sew the binding to the quilt along the edge.  Go very slowly as you approach the corner and stop sewing when you reach the pin.  You’ll be able to feel it under the binding.  Backstitch a few stitches and take the quilt out of the machine.

Fold the free end of the binding away from the quilt corner so that the next quilt edge and the binding form a straight line.  The binding will be in the shape of a V.


Fold the binding along the second quilt edge

Fold the binding along the second quilt edge

Pin the fold

Pin the fold

Place your finger on the binding at the corner and fold the binding back down along the second edge of the quilt.  Make sure that the edge of the fold in the binding is at the corner of the quilt and that the free section of the binding follows the line of the quilt edge.  Pin in place and continue sewing the binding to the quilt.

Repeat at each corner

The end of the binding

The end of the binding

Mitred quilt binding corner

Mitred quilt binding corner

Repeat at each corner until you get back to the edge of the quilt where you began the binding.  Stop sewing an inch or two away from the beginning of the binding.  You now have two trailing ends of binding on a straight quilt edge so can finish the binding in the normal way.  On the right you can see the mitred corner on the back of the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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  1. What a blessing! Asked goggle about how to do the binding for the angles on an octagon table topper and your short and precise tutorial came up! ! Wonderful, easy, and fun to finish my project! Sincerely, thank you! Linda

  2. When I started to bind my quilt with odd angles, I wasn’t thinking about how different it would be from a right angle. Thankfully, I googled “octagon quilt binding” and watched your video. Very clear and easy to follow. It was a big help.

  3. Gwendy Burtz says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this idea! Will come in very handy!

  4. Gwendy Burtz says:

    what a great idea! I wish I had had this a few years ago. Thank you for sharing!!!

  5. Finally someone that makes perfect sense with this binding. I thought I could do it like a normal binding and just fudge it around. This makes a sharp neat corner every time. I have been working on a hexagon quilt/turned duvet for about 6 years now and I wasn’t going to finish it until I saw something that worked the way I saw it in my head. I have a king size Grandmothers Flower Garden that won’t be a UFO anymore! Thank you so much.

  6. Nancy C says:

    Just finished a super cute octagon table topper and really struggled with the binding. Ugh. Gave up until I found this tutorial – thanks!

  7. Hi Rose,
    Thank you for the clear video on binding. I made several octagon table toppers & the binding really threw me off. I had to pick some corners out but now I think I’ve got it. Thanks again & please keep up all your great tutorials. Annette

  8. I have just completed an octagon table topper with a Christmas theme. The tutorial I was following skimmed over the binding and I found myself unable to complete the binding due to the unusual angle of the edges. Thank goodness I found your tutorial with the video. I now have the technique in my mind and should have no trouble completing my project. Thank you very much!

    • Thanks for your comments, Janet. I designed that quilt specifically so that I could demonstrate the quilt binding – glad it came in handy for you.

  9. Maria Rakaska says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and making it clear how to do these angled corners. Love this pattern.

  10. thank you for all your very clear videos.
    do you have already done a video for binding an ”inside” right angle?
    sorry for my poor english

    • Hi Adriana. Your English is fine. No, I don’t have a video for an inside right angle but it’s a good idea – I’ll try and work one into a tutorial soon.

  11. Thank you for your very informative videos. Visual is the best way to learn a procedure for me.

  12. Susan Waddles says:

    Hi Rose, as a new quilter, I find your tutorials quite helpful and easy to understand. Thanks so much. Susan from Virginia USA

  13. Jean Radcliffe says:

    Thankyou for the octagonal quilt and mitred corners video. I am going to try this one.

  14. Well done thank you! Very clear and simple.

  15. sylvia lowe says:

    Thank you so much for the video showing how to bind the quilt it was very easy to follow.

  16. Marie Alderman says:

    Thank you for this tutorial of binding a not conventual border I have problems with this and this helps a lot

  17. Thank you, Rose – very helpful and clear as usual!!!

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