Tie Quilting: How to Tie a Quilt

Follow this guide to learn the easy but effective technique of tie quilting.

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by Diane Pedersen/Nissa Brehmer

Tie Quilting

Tie quilting is a quick way to finish the quilt and the easiest of the quilting options.

Tie Quilting Supplies


blue pink and green thread bundles
red yellow and green spools of thread

There are different kinds of thread you can use for tie quilting. Embroidery thread is strong enough for tie quilting, too. Perle cotton thread is a soft, thicker thread with a sheen that will make your tie quilting shine! You would use a single strand of perle cotton for tying.


package of needles

A good needle for tying your quilt could be the same as for hand quilting. If you think a thicker needle will be easier, try a crewel needle, size 10 or 12. It’s bigger but not so big that it will leave holes in your work.

How to Tie a Quilt

1. Thread a needle, but don’t make a knot at the end. Push the needle from the top of the quilt to the back of the quilt, through all 3 layers.

needle and thread laying on top of a piece of fabric pushed through in the…

2. Insert the needle about 1/4 inch away from where the thread came through the back of the quilt, and push it through to the top of the quilt.

needle threaded with pink thread laying across fabric with the lower end pulled through

3. Pull the thread through until the tail end of the thread is a couple of inches from the quilt top.

person pushing a needle through a piece of gray fabric

4. Make another stitch directly on top of the first stitch by going in the first hole and out the second.

person using scissors to cut pink thread tied to gray fabric

5. Pull the needle through and cut the thread a couple of inches from the quilt top.

pink thread knotted in the center of gray fabric

6. Tie the ends together in a double knot. Trim the ends 1/2-inch from the quilt top.

7. Work your way around the quilt tying knots.

You can put as many knots as you would like, wherever you like. You can put a knot in the center of each square. You could also put knots in the corners or rows. It’s up to you! Just be sure you have enough to keep the layers secure through using, washing, and drying. Your batting package should tell you the maximum spacing you can have. You can always add more ties.

For more from Get Quilting with Angela and Cloe try:

How to Make a Rag Quilt

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Reprinted with permission from Get Quilting with Angela and Cloe by Angela and Cloe Walters and published by C&T Publishing, 2015.

  • Updated on Aug 22, 2022
  • Originally Published on May 18, 2016
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