How To Make Quilt Binding

So you've created a beautiful quilt and now need to bind the edges together to present the finished product. There is both an easy way and a hard way to do this! Let's start with the easy way.

Easy method: First, you need to determine how much binding you need. Measure your quilt along two perpendicular sides and double that figure. Add 15 to 20" to this figure to determine the amount of binding required to go around the quilt.

Assemble long fabric strips to make up the length of required binding. Do not join these with straight sides end to end, as it will weaken the integrity of the quilt. Instead, use this method:

  • Place two strips with right sides together, crosswise, with corners just overlapping.
  • Mark diagonally on the top strip, coinciding with the inward corner where the strips intersect one another. Sew together on marked line.
  • Trim excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance to the right of the seam. Open seam allowance by pressing.
  • Remove triangular nubs by trimming.
  • Join more strips until you reach the required length.
  • Press lengthwise.

Harder method: First, determine how large of a square you need. The length of binding produced is equal to the area of the fabric square divided by the width of the binding strip. Multiply the length of binding required by its desired width to figure the area. Obtain the square root of the binding's area to determine the necessary square size. Round the figure up to the nearest inch.

  • Cut a square of the required size.
  • With pins, mark two opposing edges of your square, and then cut the square from corner to corner diagonally.
  • Place the edges marked by pins with right sides together, aligning the raw edges, overlapping the triangle nubs equally.
  • Sew the pieces together with a seam allowance of 1/4". Open the seam allowance by pressing.
  • Use a ruler (regular or rotary) to draw cutting lines parallel with the long edges, marking on the wrong side of the fabric. Leave spaces between the lines that are equal to the desired width of the binding strip.
  • Create a tube by joining the right sides of the fabric. Offset the joining by one marking and make certain to match lines up exactly. Stitch ends together using 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seam to open.
  • Begin cutting on the offset line at either end of the tube and continue cutting around on the drawn line until you have your entire strip of binding.


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