Decide the width of binding. The standard choice is 2 1/4″ or 2 1/2″ depending on how wide you want your finished binding to look. They are both attached in the same way. Consider the thickness or loft of your quilt as this will affect the finished look of the binding.
How wide do you make binding?
Cut the binding strips to a width of 2.75”. This is my favorite width for double fold binding— not too narrow and not too wide but just right in my opinion. Cut the binding strips with a rotary cutter and quilting ruler just like you cut strips to make 9-patch blocks in my 9-patch quilt tutorial.
What is the seam allowance for quilt binding?
Sew the binding to the quilt, using a ¼” seam allowance (again, that’s ¼” from the raw fabric edges not the batting). Remember to lock your stitch at the beginning and to leave that 6″ extra length unsewn at the head.
Should quilt binding be cut on the bias?
For a square quilt straight grain binding, meaning fabric strips cut cross grain or length-wise grain, will work well. If, however, you’re binding a quilt with curved edges, you’ll want to cut bias strips for your binding. The stretch in the bias makes it easier to maneuver the binding around the quilt’s curved edges.
How do you measure for quilt binding?
How to calculate the yardage necessary for binding
- Determine the perimeter of the quilt by adding together two times the length and two times the width of the quilt. …
- Divide the number of inches of required binding by 40. …
- Multiply the number of strips (7) by the width of the strip (2½”) and you need 17½” of fabric.
Can you make your own bias binding?
You can buy ready-made bias binding relatively easily. But it’s good to know how to make it yourself so you can make it in a print, colour and width of your choice. Homemade binding is one of those details that can make your handmade clothes truly special. It’s also a great fabric stash buster!