How to do quilt binding
A quilt binding is a small piece of fabric which is used in order to smoothen out the raw edges of a quilt, which are caused by the several layers of fabric of the quilt. So, it is very important that the quilt binding is done neatly and carefully. Quilt binding is easy to do if you have a good source of information for the basic skills and techniques. For example, always do a double layer quilt binding for better durability of the finished product! In this article you will find out more useful tips and tricks about quilt binding so that you can do it perfectly! Keep reading and maybe even get some paper and pencil for notes – here are some simple but very useful techniques how to do your quilt binding right.
First of all, you should decide what kind of fabric to use for the quilt binding. You could buy a readymade quilt binding from a shop, but those are mostly single layer bindings. As we mentioned earlier, double layered quilt binding is better to use, more durable, and nicer to look at. You could use your own fabric – you do not have to buy something readymade. That way you can match the binding to some other fabric, layer, or color on the other parts of the quilt.
Quilt binding step by step guide
Now that you have determined the fabric you are ready to learn how to do a quilt binding. Here is a step by step guide that involves doing a bit of mathematics and calculations. First you need to measure the length and the width of the quilt. Then, add these two and multiply by 2 and the result is the length of the fabric which you need to do this. The next step is to divide the total sum to the width of the quilt in order to determine the number of strips of quilt binding that you will need – about 40”. For example if you have a 50 x 50 quilt, then you would need 200 divided by 40’’ = 5 strips of fabric to do your quilt binding. You should multiply this by 2 and a quarter inches (for double layer binding) to get the total amount of binding fabric you should use. It may sound a bit complicated but with the fabric and quilt in your hands, you will see that it is easier to do than you think.
Quilt binding learn how to attach quilt
Here is how you should attach the quilt binding to the quilt. The seam is the standard quarter of an inch, and start stitching on the quilt binding carefully and neatly. You will also need to stitch together the tail ends of the quilt binding. Don’t forget the stitching on the back side of the quilt as well. at the end, don’t forget to sue a pressing iron to make your handy work look neat and professional. For more information, you could also look up video tutorials about how to do a quilt binding.