Basics Tutorial: Prepping A Quilt Back

As promised I have a number of Basics Tutorials for general quilt-making.  Preparing a quilt back can be as simple as sewing two pieces together, or pieced until large enough for your quilt top.

As a general rule 3″ all around is sufficient for quilting at home with your machine, if you are sending it out to be quilted check with your quilter for specific requirements.

Here’s the most basic method of prepping a quilt back:

This quilt measures 60″x62″, so I folded the longer length over.  Then lay out my backing fabric beside it, it’s folded as it came off the bolt, and I double it back the width (in this case) of the quilt.

 Leaving 3″ – cut away excess fabric.  In not all circumstances will you have excess.

 Go back to the folded edge and cut along the fold so that you have 2 pieces of equal length fabric.

 Trim away selvage edges.  You can toss these or save them for a special selvage project :)

 Sew long edges together, using 1/2 seam.  Pin if you feel necessary :)

Press your seam open, and you are ready to baste your layers!

More to come – I hope this helps some of you~

The quilt pictured is available as a tutorial here.
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By |2019-01-25T13:20:08-06:00May 11th, 2010|Tutorial|9 Comments


  1. Isabel May 11, 2010 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Basicly, but very interesting, some times we forget the basic rules to make the simples things, Thank you

  2. live a colorful life May 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Yes, cut away the selvage and save it for a project–or send it to me:)

  3. "Lois Grebowski" May 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    any basics are fine… keep 'em coming!

  4. CitricSugar May 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Great tips, Amy! Thanks!

    PS: live a colorful life – your passion for selvages never ceases to entertain me!

  5. Cheryl Arkison May 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Another tip on quilt backs: I prefer to sew my backs in panels of three, instead of two. We tend to default fold our quilts in half before we do anything. Not having a seam smack in the middle of the back helps the quilt handle wear and life a bit better. So I do exactly what you do, but cut one of the lengths into two strips and sew it on either side of my large length.

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  7. Deborah in Atlanta, GA September 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Will you be posting a tutorial on a pieced quilt back? I’ve been seeing them throughout blog land, and I’m so afraid when I pin it to the quilt front and batting that it will be crooked or off-center or something. I’ve never seen anybody post a tutorial on how to do the pieced backing and would appreciate it. And will you send me an e-mail with the answer? Not sure I’ll remember to come out here and look for the answer. Thanks! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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