Binding a Quilt: a Step by Step Tutorial
Binding a quilt means joining the front and back together with batting in the middle. I usually machine quilt (or have someone else do it) my quilts these days, and there are good tutorials for that here, here, and here.
Sew the binding to the quilt using the edge of your presser foot (1/4u2033 seam allowance) as a guide; the corners on the back should automatically miter u2013 looking like this. Bias binding is made from 2 1/2u2033 strips cut on a 45 degree angle; the grain of the fabric runs diagonally rather than parallel to the edge of the quilt; it also has more stretch u2013 good for scalloped edges.
How do you finish a quilt without binding?
Place the top on the batting so that all of the edges are even.
- Place quilt top on batting.
- Place backing on top of quilt top right sides together.
- Pin layers together so they don’t shift when sewing edges.
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).
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 I make continuous binding strips?
How to Make Bias Tape That Remains Continuous
- Cut the Square on the diagonal.
- Stitch the Triangles Right Sides Together.
- Mark the Strips Parallel to the Longest Sides.
- Bring the Short Ends Together.
- Offset the Rows by 1 Strip.
- Stitch Seam and Press Open.
What size should a quilt binding be?
The size of the binding is determined by the seam allowance used when the binding is sewn on and how loosely or tightly the binding is folded to the back. A 1/4u201d seam allowance is by far the most common; occasionally 3/8u201d, 1/2u201d, or 5/8u201d is used.
How wide should quilt binding strips 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.
Can I use an old blanket as quilt batting?
An old wool blanket that still has plenty of warmth to offer but is truly showing its age can be used as batting if washed first, which embodies the u201creduce, reuse, recycleu201d concept and also dates back to the early days of quilting.
Can you quilt without batting?
Can You Make a Quilt Without Batting? Yes, but it’s not a good idea to skip the middle layer. If you’re making a quilt for a warmer climate, use less batting or find a thin summer-like fabric to sandwich between the top and bottom layers.
What is a self binding quilt?
A self-bound quilt uses the backing fabric to create a finished edge around the outside of the quilt, giving it the appearance of binding but taking far less time to complete than a traditionally bound quilt.