Apply These Quilt Backing Ideas on Your Next Quilt 

If you need a back for your quilt sandwich so you can get everything quilted, bound, and finished, this is for you!

Ways to Back Your Quilt

Here are 10 ways to back your quilt. I’m starting with the simplest and moving down to the scrappiest (and sometimes most fun!).

How Large Should My Quilt Backing Be?

A general rule of thumb is that both your batting and your backing should be 2″-4″ larger all the way around compared to your finished quilt top.

It’s a fun way to use leftover fabric, fat quarters, and other larger pieces of fabric.

Pieced Stashbuster Quilt Backing


This essentially equates to making a second quilt top specifically for the back using blocks as the method.

Block-Based Scrappy Quilt Back

This is a simple way to get one larger size piece of fabric at a fraction of the cost of wide quilt backing fabric.

Simple Pieced Quilt Back from One Fabric

You can do this with leftover blocks from other quilts or workshops. You can use a single strip of fabric, or you can use a scrappy pieced stripe.

Scrappy Strip Quilt  Back Extension

Duvet Covers & Sheets as Quilt Backing

I use secondhand duvet covers for quilt backing quite a lot. It’s a simple way to get one large piece of fabric at a fraction of the cost of wide quilt backing fabric.

This type of quilt back can be the most time-consuming and often also the most fun!

Improv Scrappy Quilt Back

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