There are many widths you can choose from, but to start with, wider is easier to sew, especially when working with several layers. You should cut your binding depending on the size of your quilt sandwich in terms of thickness and the size of your seam allowance. Measure the width of your quilt. Why the wrong side? Trim seam to 1/2”. This is the measurement all the way around your quilt. Using Flange binding allows you to sew the binding on the quilt entirely by machine! Once you are at the point that you are ready to bind a quilt that is backed in minky (or cuddle), trim the excess of leaving about 1″ of backing and batting. Join strips, right sides together, with diagonal seam - top left corner to bottom right corner. It’s a different technique and once you learn how to use it may replace the need add borders in some quilts. In this how to guide we’ll show you how to cut your chosen binding fabric into strips, then join them together to make the binding for your quilt. I usually cut mine at 2 1/2 “ width from selvedge to selvedge. Quilt binding should be cut 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) wide for large quilts or 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) for small or wall-hanging quilts. What you need: To calculate how long your binding should be, measure the width and length of your quilt. Measure the width and the height of your quilt, add those numbers together and multiply by 2. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together (see a in the following figure). Adding the length and width together will give you a … It's been stitched and secured to the wrong side of your quilt. Stitch the 9" lengths together end to end and press the seams open. Preparing a Quilt for Binding by Machine . Press the binding on the backside to create a nice crease, then fold the binding to the front. The finished flanged binding is wider than the regular binding and if you don’t love this look, sew the binding on the back of the quilt with a seam allowance a little bigger than 1/4”. At this stage of the game, your quilt is looking great and you no longer have a massive strip of binding to mess with. I will discuss two methods for getting a quilt ready for binding. I learned that this helps ensure the width (of the binding)on the back of the quilt more closely matches the width on the front of the quilt when it's finished. A lot of people choose to do this part by hand stitching the binding onto the quilt. Trim off points, open seam so strip lies flat. I use school glue to hold the binding down on the front (the quilt police should be arriving any time!). Folding the quilt in half lengthwise and width-wise helps to make sure it is generally squared-up. 4. The steps to quilt binding by machine: 1. Yep, it got sucked into the “when I have time” black hole! I also learned that quilt judges (at shows) look for bindings to be completely filled by the batting. How we attach the binding with your machine is unique, but very simple. *Please note it is less durable and not recommended for quilts that will be used and washed often. Please email me with any questions–I’ll be happy to help! Sew strips together until they measure the sum total length of all four sides of the quilt. If you choose to do this, make sure to stitch the mitered corners. Prairie points. Step 1. Single fold binding is great for Mini Quilts and small projects. The wide binding method uses the quilts batting as part of the binding. Determine how many lengths of fabric cut from selvedge to selvedge you are going to need to equal this amount. 2. 5. The binding fabric will always be 1/4″ narrower than the flange fabric. Want to take your binding a step further? Jul 29, 2020 - Explore Patricia Rugg's board "Quilt binding", followed by 740 people on Pinterest. See more ideas about quilt binding, quilting techniques, quilting tutorials. For example, if the width of your quilt is 40 inches (100 cm), then your width times 2 will be 80 inches (200 cm). With the 1/2″ seam allowance and that binding width, I found it to work well. If you have a strong preference this needs to be decided before you cut the quilt binding strips. GGM's quilt binding was about 1 1/2 inches wide Reply 10-02-2010, 09:06 AM #4 ... Posts: 4,504 I like to cut mine 2 1/4" also. Instructions to Double Fold Bind a Quilt. Make sure your binding strip is long enough for your quilt. Then, sew a straight stitch 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) from the edges of the quilt going through the quilt and binding. Some quilters have the patience and talent to sew the binding strip on the front of the quilt, flip it to the back, and then stitch next to the folded-over binding on front to neatly catch it on the back. There is no predetermined width or length that should be used for all quilt bindings. A 3" binding is recommended when you're learning to use these tools but after that you can create wider & narrower bindings. It saves so much time and the finished look is beautiful! How Much Binding Do I Need? For example, if you want a finished binding that’s 1/2 inch wide, cut strips that are 2 inches wide (1/2 inch x 4 = 2). Since I wash my quilts, I'm not worried about glue residue - it's a starch product and washes out. Use the seam allowance you chose when you made the quilt binding. Cut strips of fabric four times wider than the desired width of the finished binding. Divide that answer by the width you are cutting your binding = how many inches of binding you will get, approximately. NOTE: If your quilt or item you are binding has curved edges or corners, you need to cut your binding on the bias, at a 45 degree angle. Finishing the Binding by Machine. Tip #1 – The Right Width Sometimes I need to change the width of my binding depending on the thickness of the batting and fabric in a quilt. Sewing on the Binding: Non-Mitered: This is the fastest and easiest way to sew on bindings, and the way I personally prefer, for those very reasons. This is the last step to bind your quilt. This table runner is self-bound with its own backing fabric. Calculate the binding requirement – First, you need to figure out the perimeter of your quilt. To determine the width of the binding strips, you need to consider the finished look you’re going for. 1. To make Flange quilt binding, you will be sewing two very long pieces of contrasting fabric together. WEB BONUS: Click here for FREE quilting lesson download from the experts at McCallsQuilting.com: Making and Applying Extra-Wide Quilt Binding. Flange Quilt Binding is a great method for binding a quilt! I assume that most of you have some experience with binding quilts, but these instructions should be clear enough for the true beginner. You can get away with a slightly narrow binding at 2 1/4″ should be fine too. Watch this instructional quilting video to sew a wide binding on your quilt. I work with a 2½” width for my binding strips, but some quilters go slightly thinner or wider. To determine how many of these binding strips you’ll need, you can use this calculator at My Web Quilter or the formula below: 1. Add them together and multiply by 2, then add another 15″-20″ to the total. What is the best width for quilt binding? Sew the quilt binding to the side of the quilt, leaving the beginning tail free. The width of the binding is really up to you and this allows you to size up a quilt easily to fit the needs. Width of binding strips: For most of my quilt projects, I cut my strips 2½ inches by the width of the fabric. The most common width for your binding strips is 2½in, which allows for about 3 ⁄ 8 in of quilt thickness. Before you get ready to attach the binding to your quilt, make sure you have enough of it! I cut my strips 9" which will give me a 4.5" rod pocket. 3. The width of your quilt binding will be influenced by whether you use a double fold or a single fold binding. Press the center fold. 3. Lay out strips so nap is going in the same direction - nap should go towards the outside edge when sewing onto quilt. Some quilters also prefer bias cut binding for straight edged quilts. Measure your quilt (length x width). However, you can up the binding width to 3″ or change your seam allowance to 3/8″ instead of a … How wide to cut quilt binding? It is imperative that you leave the basting stitch provided by the quilter around the edge. This tutorial is all about the steps to bind a mini quilt, like one of my Mini Jaybird Quilts. (Width + Height = Number) x 2 = Total perimeter of your quilt. Cut the binding along the selvage edge of the fabric for straight grain and at 45 degree angles to the selvage for bias. If your quilt will get a lot of use, consider fabric strip binding instead. The charming Winter's Night floral quilt pattern features an extra-wide striped binding. Cut binding strips 1 3/4” x width of fabric. How Wide Should You Cut Quilt Binding. View from the back of the quilt Width of the finished flanged biding. Create the Binding and Stitch it to the Quilt. Click the link below to download our free lesson on how to apply extra-wide quilt binding. In the case below, I needed to cut 2 strips to get the length I needed. Going back to my twin sized Strudel quilt, the amount of fabric required for the binding = ( 328 inches / 42 inches) x 2.25 = (7.8, rounded up to 8) x 2.25 = 18 inches Working backwards you can see that 8 strips of fabric that are 42 inches long will give us a total length of 336 inches, which should be enough to bind the quilt, when taking into consideration joins and corners. You can bind a quilt in really any fabric from your stash. The quilt I’m binding for this post is one I designed as a free pattern for APQS almost 2 years ago. This chart will take the mystery out of what width to cut your quilt binding. Open the strip so that the wrong side of the fabric faces up. If the length of the quilt is 50 inches (130 cm), then the length times 2 will be 100 inches (250 cm). Once you’ve made your strips you’ll find links below for our sister guides for how to then use your binding strips to bind your quilt! I made my binding 2 ¼ in wide but I think a good width would be from 2 in to 2 ½ in. On the back of the quilt, the finished binding is either the same width as the front or a little wider. Here's info for wider bindings. Pressing with a hot iron helps to set the glue. 2. You can adjust this width, as needed, for your quilt batting or depending how wide you like your binding to be. Before you begin, read our guide to how to make binding for a quilt or watch our quilt binding tutorial video below. 2. To self-bind a quilt, you cut the backing fabric a couple of inches larger than the batting and top on all sides – large enough to allow for however much backing fabric you want to show on the front of the quilt. Cut enough strips to equal the circumference of your quilt (add all the sides of your quilt together and add about 6 to 10 inches). Pin the binding to your quilt so that the right sides of the binding and the right sides of the quilt are facing each other. Note: for mini quilts and mug rugs I sometimes cut my binding strips 2¼ inches. Learn quilter Angela Walters' foolproof techniques for binding your quilts simply and beautifully every time. Of course, quilt binding can be wider but we are making quilt binding with a serger so don’t cut the binding strip wider than 2 1/2 in. I make sample bindings so I can audition them to find which size I need before cutting binding for the quilt. These steps on how to make a quilt are easy. Since we’re going for the fastest, easiest way to bind a quilt, we’re going to learn how to bind a quilt by machine. Most finished bindings are approximately 1/4-inch wide on the front of the quilt. Stop sewing before you reach the corner of the quilt, ending the seam the same distance from the approaching quilt edge as the width of the seam allowance. Hey Lindsey, when I wrapped my binding for this pillow, I wrapped it tightly so it looked similar to piping. Cut binding strips 1 1/4" wide. 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