Part 2: Make the Continuous Bias Binding Strip; Single Fold Binding. You can make quilt binding in any size you'd like, but 2 1/4 (2.25 inches) or 2 1/2" strips are most common - this will give you a binding width of about 1/4" on the front and back of your quilt. Align the raw edges of the quilt sandwich and the binding tape. To make binding you need to: Measure the perimeter of your quilt to determine how much binding you will need. But, after I got into the quilting process I found that it was was really quite a simple one. Begin attaching the binding approximately 6-10” away from one of the corners. Add 20" or so to the total to determine how much binding you'll need to surround the quilt if you plan to use continuous strips and miter the corners. Single fold binding is made with a single layer of fabric that folds over the outer edge of a quilt. We hope you enjoy! Sew them together at right angles to create a diagonal join. Nothing is worse than a wonky corner on your binding. Binding can make or break your quilt. Attach binding to back of quilt. Avoid most bindings that are sold as notions in fabric stores, because they aren't durable enough to use in a quilt. I’ve simply sewed my binding strips together to form one long piece of fabric. Step 1: Take your fabric and cut it into 2.5″ strips by width of fabric. The double-fold binding method uses a single layer of fabric on the edges of the quilt, making it more economical than traditional bias binding. You can bind a quilt in really any fabric from your stash. Cutting strips. Clover Desk Needle Threader. I prefer the straight binding, made with strips cut on the grain. 4. You could have done it all right from start to finish: getting straight cuts, squaring up each block, snipping every thread, and pressing every seam perfectly. It can be made of either bias or straight grain strips. Click here for supplies: http://missouriquiltco.com Jenny Doan demonstrates how to bind a quilt the quick and easy way. < Prev; Next > Comments #7 Louise Haddon 2016-09-15 14:29. This is a quick way for a beginner to add the binding to the quilt and does not look awful. Leave the room for awhile and come back. Fold single fold bias binding once each edge, toward the center on the wrong side. Don’t worry about flattening the corners yet. Align raw edges of the binding with the raw edges of the quilt. This technique also requires careful batting trimming and squaring of the quilt, and I found it easiest to pin the backing upon itself to keep it from getting nicked. Then, fold the binding back down to line up with the next side of the quilt… We show you how to use the strips to encase the edges of your quilt sandwich in our guide to binding a quilt with double-fold binding. It really depends on the end use. 2 times the finished binding width + 2 times the seam allowance — plus a little extra, 2 times the finished binding width + Seam allowance X 2. To add mitred corners on quilt binding, use a binding clip to hold the corner, fold the binding back down onto your quilt, aligning the raw edges along the next side. Using Flange binding allows you to sew the binding on the quilt entirely by machine! Crosswise grain binding strips are also stretchy enough to wind around large curves on a quilt's exterior. Single-fold binding is cut four times the desired finished binding width plus 1⁄8" to allow for turn of cloth (the fabric take-up resulting from folding and wrapping binding around the quilt edge). Now it’s time for the fun bit! Trim away the excess fabric, leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance to the right of the seam line. I just followed the instructions and it worked. Joining strips. The grain in bias binding strips runs at an angle, so it moves at an angle from front to back after the binding is sewn to the quilt. This is why I am always looking for variations on how to bind a quilt… Nothing is worse than a wonky corner on your binding. Step 2. Steps to determine what size the square fabric should be Fold the binding away from the quilt top as shown. Divide this number by 36 to get the yardage required for your quilt. Lay your fabric on a flat surface. Step 3. Press the quilt sandwich and trim the edges so they are even with the quilt top all round. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, so the selvedges meet. Find the tail you left when you first started sewing, and fold it down toward you and the raw edge of your quilt at a 45 degree angle. Stay tuned for Part 2. Self-binding is a quick and easy way to bind small quilting projects. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, so the selvedges meet. Cut long crosswise grain strips from wide backing fabric to reduce the number of seams or eliminate seams entirely. 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”. In this beginner's how to guide, we'll show you how to make binding strips in any fabric you fancy to finish off your quilt in style. 2 ways to make bias binding. So you’ve finished piecing your quilt top, and you’ve basted your quilt sandwich. Yep, it got sucked into the “when I have time” black hole! I don’t make often quilts with curved edges so I usually stay away from it. This Fall has been filled with quilt making projects and outings for us. Flange Quilt Binding is a great method for binding a quilt! For more information, see learn how to make continuous bias quilt binding with: Part 1: Calculate How Much Fabric You Need? The extra layer offers protection from wear. Starch your strip and press wrong sides together, seams pressed open (5:40); Zig Zag outer edge of quilt to flatten all those layers and prep for sewing the binding on. Making quilt binding is so easy, here’s what you’ll need: 1 FQ Fabric (I’m using 100% Cotton fabric) = about 4 yards of finished quilt binding; A rotary cutter; Acrylic ruler; Iron and ironing board; And that’s it! The seam allowance used to attach the binding should be equal to the desired finished width of your binding. Self-Binding Quilt Tutorial Self Binding means: Bring the quilt backing to the front and using it as your binding, I am bring this over from The Quilt Ladies, this post is used and asked for all the time, Thank you for that. Clip your binding in place along this entire edge. Don't join strips with straight seams across their ends, because that method creates a binding with seam allowances that travel from the front of the quilt to the back in a straight line, resulting in too much bulk in one spot. Binding keeps the edges intact and can add another element to the quilt's design. This tutorial focuses on how to make your binding corners neat and tidy. Use the following method to assemble a binding strip with diagonal seam allowances that are distributed along the length of the finished binding. Mark the top strip on the diagonal, beginning and ending the line at the inward corner where the two strips intersect. 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! Create the binding After the batting trimming and squaring of the quilt is complete, trim the excess backing to 3/4" from the edge of the quilt. Janet is the author of the Rodale book "Classic American Quilt Collection: Stars" and has contributed to dozens of other books and patterns as both a writer and editor. Binding Your Quilt: Ok. As you can see making your own binding is very easy and doesn’t take long! For more information, see learn how to make continuous bias quilt binding with: Part 1: Calculate How Much Fabric You Need? Binding size refers to the width of the finished binding as it appears from the front of the quilt. Here’s an example: Your quilt is 56" x 66" To find the perimeter calculate (56 x 2) + (66 x 2) = 244. Stop 1/4" from the corner and backstitch. 1. Allow 10″ extra for turning corners and the closure. Place ends of binding perpendicular to one another, right sides together as you did to join strips in step 2. Assemble binding with as many different fabrics as you like to create a scrappy appearance. Take your time & be precise with this step. This binding is best only for small projects because it’s a straightedge binding and therefore doesn’t have the flexibility of a bias binding. Straight-of-grain binding is the easiest to make. Making quilt binding was one of those things before I started quilting that I thought was very hard to do. Usually binding is a separate bias cut or folded piece of fabric, but we are going to make our back fabric into our binding. Refer to chart to find the size square needed. How to Choose a Quilt Binding Fabric and Method, How to Make Long Binding Strips for Quilts, Make Continuous Crosswise Grain Quilt Binding Strips, How to Make Quilt Backing From Any Fabric, How to Measure and Sew Borders to a Quilt, Easy Baby Quilt Patterns for Brand New Quilters, How to Make a Denim Quilt From Blue Jeans, Facts About Fabric Grain that Every Quilter Should Know. One you’ve cut and attached your binding strips, see our Quilt School. Line up the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the quilt. This type of bias binding isn’t quite as durable as traditional binding, so use it for projects that won’t be handled or washed frequently, such as wall hangings and table runners. We started off with the super easy and adorable cheater quilt, made quilt binding, and took a trip to the Quilt Market. 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