How to bind a quilt – the easy peasy guide to quilt edging
Gathered’s complete guide to quilt edging will show you how to cut your chosen binding fabric into strips, then join them together to make the binding for your quilt with double-fold binding. Binding a quilt is also known as quilt edging, but whatever you call it, we’re here to help.
How much binding fabric do I need?
Most quilts require u00bdyd to 5u00bcyd of binding, but double-check your measurements to be sure. Choose a 100% cotton fabric that can withstand handling; your binding needs to be strong and long-lasting.
What do I need to bind a quilt?
The Ditch Quilting Foot will help you achieve a flawless finish by hiding your final seam from the front. Invisible thread is perfect for hand-finishing binding, especially if you’re not confident with your stitches. Rotary cutter and cutting mat are optional but will make cutting binding strips a breeze.
Binding a quilt: step by step guide
We’ll show you how to start and finish your binding for a quilt sandwich in this walkthrough. The traditional method is great for small items like mini quilts and coasters, while the seamed method gives you a more uniform finish on your quilt’s longer edges. Many people choose to hand finish their binding with invisible stitches to the reverse.
Before tucking the binding into place, double-check that the beginning and end are correctly folded and stitched down.
Draw a 45-degree diagonal line across one end and sew along the drawn line. Lay out your unfolded binding and trim the length of it along the edge of the quilt. Trim the strip at about the halfway point of the unstitched edge, cutting the strip straight.
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Binding is a great way to stretch your stash and use up scraps. If you’re making multi-colored scrap binding, make it stand out from your main quilt top design by laying out scraps together on top of your quilt.
How wide should the binding on a quilt be?
Strip width can vary from 2″ to 2 1/2″ and even wider if you prefer a larger binding than the traditional 1/4″ width. Quilt binding strips are generally sewn together with a diagonal seam for the most inconspicuous joining.
Do I quilt or bind first?
Binding a quilt is the final step in the finishing process; however, before you bind, you must first u201c quilt u201d your quilt, which means attaching the front and back with batting in between.
How do you bind fabric edges?
Binding that is wrapped
- Cut a 1 1/2-inch-wide strip of fabric.
- Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
- Press the lengthwise edges toward the center to form two more creases.
- Open up the binding.
- Wrap the binding along the raw edge, tucking the raw edge beneath.
How do you calculate quilt binding?
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- Step 1: Measure the perimeter of your quilt.
- Step 2: Add 20 inches to your total.
- Step 3: Select your binding width.
- Step 4: Divide the total length of binding required by 40u2032u2032.
- Step 5: Round up to the nearest whole number of strips.
How do you bind a 1/2 inch quilt?
Cut fabric strips four times wider than the finished binding width (for example, if you want a 1 / 2 inch wide finished binding, cut strips that are 2 inches wide (1 / 2 inch x 4 = 2 ). Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together (see a in the following figure).
Does quilt binding have to be bias?
Bias Cut Binding It’s not good to be biased, unless you’re talking about fabric binding, in which case you cut bias binding at a 45-degree angle to the selvage and use it on any edge because bias binding is very stretchy.
Can I use a sheet for quilt backing?
We’ll go over this in more detail later, but the short version is that you can ABSOLUTELY use bed sheets for quilt backs! There are a few obvious benefits to this: No piecing together a quilt back! This is the best benefit u2013 simply buy a sheet large enough to back your quilt and you’re done!
Can I make a quilt with a regular sewing machine?
The short answer is YES, you can quilt with a regular sewing machine, with the machine you already own; there are two methods for doing so: straight-line quilting with a walking foot or free motion quilting with a free motion quilting foot.
Can I use ribbon to bind a quilt?
To bind projects with straight or gently curved edges, most flat woven polyester or rayon silk, grosgrain, taffeta, or linen ribbon will feed beautifully in your Binder attachment #88. You may also want to consider using bias cut Silk Habotai or China ribbon.