Did I tell you that the binding part of a quilt is my favorite?? :)
In this HOW-TO guide I'll go share my techniques for binding a quilt.
First off let's go over the 2 basic types of binding I usually use to make binding:
(A) Straight-of-Grain binding: Cut from selvage to selvage.
Some characteristics for straight-of-grain binding that I noticed:
- Easy to cut since fabrics lies in a straight line when cutting.
- Super simple to figure out how much fabric you need exactly.
- I don't feel like I'm 'wasting' any fabric since I don't need to cut in an angle like on the bias binding.
- Great for certain fabric patterns. Especially stripes - LOVE striped binding!
- Use it for only straight edged quilts. Since it is cut straight on the grain, the binding doesn't bend well to contour curved/round edged quilts.
- For long term wear and tear, straight-of grain binding may need to be the secondary choice. Since the same thread runs the whole length of the binding once its folded, it creates a vulnerable spot where the whole binding would be in jeopardy if that thread breaks.
(B) Bias Binding: Cut at 45% angle to the selvage edges of the fabric.
Some characteristics for Bias binding that I noticed:
- Creates a very stretchy binding that is great for rounded edges. This is the only way to attacked quilts that are not straight-edged all around.
- More traditional approach to binding that is recognized to create the sturdiest binding.
- To create long strips to make continuous binding without a lot of seams, you do waste some fabric - the triangle leftover after the first and last cut.
OK - on to the actual making of the binding :). Here's step by step instructions on how to create and attach binding to a quilt:
How much binding do you need?
For now this tutorial will only be straight on grain binding. I'll update on a later date on the details of bias binding - probably when I create a new quilt with curved edges so I would need the bias binding :). Other sites details bias binding if you need the info right now like here, here and here.
For straight binding use the following calculations for total length and number of strips needed:
Assembling the strips
1. Lay 2 ends perpendicular of each other, with right sides facing each other. With a marking pen, mark where you need to sew - see picture below:
2. Sew along the marked line and trim along seam with 1/4" allowance:
3. Press seam open and trim off extra fabric:
4. Once all the strips are sewn together and pressed, fold in half with right side facing outward and press. Now your binding is ready to use:
Continue to Binding Tutorial: Part 2 of 2 for instructions on how to attach the binding and hand binding tips...coming soon!
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