Simple to Super Scrappy Quilt Backing Ideas to Try

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

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.

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!).

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


When I have done this I have actually kept it pretty simple and used two different navy blues split down the middle.

Two-Tone Fabric Quilt Backing

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

Pieced Stashbuster Quilt Backing

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.

I use anti-pil fleece when I buy fleece fabric specifically for a quilt back. This is so you don’t get bits of fluff everywhere!

Fleece Quilt Backing

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