A Simple Guide to Creative Quilt Backing Ideas

The quilt top is finished and now it’s time to get to basting! But in order to baste the top into a quilt, batting and backing are needed to make a quilt sandwich.

This page is full of fun and creative quilt backing ideas. Some of the tutorials are simple and some are complex, but all of them are a great way to get that quilt finished!

What is the easiest quilt backing ?

The most simple way to back the quilt top is to purchase a 109” wide piece of fabric. This fabric is just like quilting cotton, but it is on a bolt that is 108” wide instead of the typical 44 inch wide fabric. These wide back fabrics make creating a quilt backing easier and can make the perfect backing fabric.

This option is the best choice for beginning quilters because it eliminates seams and backing prep. I have even seen bed sheets used as a quilt backing! This is what my grandmother did with my first quilt.

A similar way to make a back is to use a quilting cotton fabric that the quilter is used to sewing with. This quilting cotton can be used on the back as well as the top of the quilt.

Simply use the 44 inch wide fabric, cut it into the necessary number of lengths, and sew the selvage sides together to make a large piece of one of the fabrics from the front of the quilt.

There are several quilting backing calculators below that will determine the amount of fabric necessary for the backing.

If the quilter is going to sew a quilting cotton from the front vertically for the back, it is recommended that a nondirectional print or a solid be used for the backing. This makes it much easier when sewing the vertical seams together.

Another option is to use a totally different type of fabric for the backing of the quilt such as minky or flannel. This can be tricky as the top and backing of the quilt will be made of different materials and can be difficult to keep from slipping.

This option is often used in baby quilts, using a soft flannel or minky fabric as the quilt backing.

What is a quilt pieced backing on a quilt?

When a quilter uses up fabric scraps and fabric pieces leftover from cutting the quilt top to sew a pieced design on the back, they have made a pieced backing. Such quilt pieced backing ideas are very unique and oftentimes the back of the quilt is as beautiful as the front.

A portion of the design from the front can be designed into the back of the quilt. Perhaps the front of the quilt has a disappearing nine-patch or half square triangles. This motif could be pieced with fabrics from the front into a large disappearing nine-patch or a row of half square triangles on the back of a quilt.

I have heard of quilters using a pieced quilt as the backing of another quilt, making a reversible quilt. This would be the ultimate in a pieced backing, but I don’t think I could bear to do this!

Another option is to use extra quilt blocks from the front that may have been left over and sew them into the backing fabric. This is stunning and ties the front of the quilt and the back of the quilt together nicely.

Piecing the back of the quilt can be as elaborate or as simple as desired. Some quilters make beautiful backings that look like a work of art! It is a good idea to stop at your local quilt shop to get more helpful tips!

Scroll down this page to find many different ways to make a backing for a quilt. Whatever you decide, the quilt will be loved! And don’t forget the quilt label.

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10 Ways to Make A Quilt Back

Here are some ideas for the back of your quilt. A Quilter's Table

18 Ideas for Unique Pieced Quilt Backs

Use these ideas for pieced backing for quilts to make your quilt back as beautiful as the front of your quilt. Quiltipping

20+ Modern Day Quilt Backing Ideas

20+ Modern Day Quilt Backing Ideas

Get inspired by these pieced backing ideas for modern quilts. These simple quilt backing patterns will take your quilts to the next level! Designed To Quilt

5 Quilt Backing Piecing Tips

Here are five tips for preventing unwanted pucks, pleats and other problems associated with piecing a quilt back. APQS

Backing and Batting Calculator

This calculator determines how much yardage from a bolt of fabric is needed to make a backing for a quilt. It may also be used to determine how much batting. Quilter's Paradise

Backing Calculator

Enter your dimensions to calculate how much backing you’ll need for your quilt. DuckaDilly

Backing Yardage Chart

This quilt backing chart is based on 45" wide fabric and for quilts under 72" wide. Quiltville

Beginners Guide to Quilt Backings

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For Beginners! What you should know and tips on quilt backings. Affiliate Link to Fat Quarter Shop Blog

Beginners Quilt Series Part 3 - How to Make Backing

Beginners Quilt Series Part 3 - How to Make Backing

How to create a backing for a quilt.

Calculate and Assemble Quilt Backing Fabric

This blog is on how to calculate the yardage I’ll need and how to assemble your backing fabric step-by-step. Broadcoth Studio

Diagonal Quilt Back

This tutorial is on how to piece a diagonal quilt back. Fabric and Flowers

How To Prepare A Quilt Backing

This guide will help you piece the perfect backing with common quilting cotton. Just follow these three steps and you’ll have a perfect-sized quilt backing in no time! Wax and Wane Studio

How to Widen Quilt Backing Fabric

How to Widen Quilt Backing Fabric

Learn to easily widen your quilt backing fabric with a simple vertical strip set. Watch our video or read our post for a fun quilt back made with pieced strips! Associate

Invisible Seam Backing Tutorial

Learn how to sew backing with novelty prints or repeat patterns so you don't see the seam. Patchwork and Poodles

Match A Print Seamlessly On Your Quilt Back

This photo tutorial shows you how to use a washable glue stick to easily, fast and efficiently match up those prints along your quilt backing seams. Suzy Quilts

Match Fabric Prints

This tutorial shows how to match fabric prints when enlarging a quilt backing. Shannon Fraser Designs

Orphan Or Leftover Blocks

You can stitch the orphan blocks or leftover blocks into the backing of the quilt. Mama Love Quilts

Prepping Quilt Back

Preparing a quilt back can be as simple as sewing two pieces together, or piecing until large enough for your quilt top. Learn how here. Amy's Creative Side

Quilt Back Ideas

In this post, Bryan House Quilts shares their conventional and not-so-common quilt backing idea for fabrics and piecing. Bryan House Quilts

Quilt Backing

Learn how to choose the quilt backing and calculate the yardage needed.

Quilt Backing Calculator

Enter the quilt length and width in the calculator and the dimensions of the Backing will be displayed, along with how many yards of fabric are needed. Also has a metric system calculator. Down South Quilting

Quilt Backing Fabric

Quilt Backing Fabric

What is the best quilt backing fabric? There are different options depending on your budget, your sewing skills, and your preferences. This article explores quilt backing fabric options. Design to Quilt

Quilt Backing For Any Fabric

How to make quilt backing from any fabric. the Spruce

Quilt Backing Ideas

This post from Bits of Everything has a few quilt backing ideas for you to consider. It also has a download for a Quilt Backing Planner Printable. Bits of Everything

Quilt Backing Reference Chart

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Free PDF download guide by Fat Quarter Shop. Affiliate Link to Fat Quarter Shop

Quilt Backing Resource

What should you use, what kind of fabric is best, how big should the backing be and should it be a solid fabric or several pieces sewn together? These are just a few of the questions that this post explores. Sew Quilt Ability

Quilt Backing Tips

Quick tip for quilt backings. Angela Pingel

Quilt Backing Yardage

Missouri Star will help you figure how much fabric you need when using standard 42? wide fabric to make a quilt backing. Missouri Quilt Co

Quilt Backs

Here are several options for making a quilt back. String and Story

Scrappy Quilt Backing

Scrappy Quilt Backing

This tutorial shows how to create a scrappy backing fabric for a wall hanging, table runner or topper. Associate

Super Easy Quilt Back

You almost always have to piece a quilt back unless it's a baby quilt. Here is an easy quilt back piecing method. Beech Tree Lane Handmade

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