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Learn How To Make Quilt Binding
Don’t let that UFO sit around without a quilt binding. Finish your project.
Binding Us Together
A new baby quilt is finish, but what quilt binding do I choose?
In a baby quilt, the quilt binding is the last part that keeps those raw edges from showing and adds the finishing touches to your project.
Before I pull out my fabrics and decide my colors, the method of quilt binding for by my project needs to be considered first.
There are numerous factors to consider when you are choosing the method of finishing the baby quilt. Consider your time constraints, your skill level in sewing and quilting, and your preference in either handquilting or machine quilting of your quilt binding. The quilt binding can have straight, irregular or curved edges.
Do I want to create a certain mood with my quilt binding? If my answers here are to keep it simple since I have a basic straight edge and my time is of the essence, use a bias, straight- grain, or single fold binding.
A common type of quilt binding, bias binding is made from strips cut on the bias or at a 45 degree angle to the straight grain of the fabric. Bias binding provides the stretch needed on curves. Strips are put together to provide the required length needed for the baby quilt. Bias fold bindings can be either doubled or single folded and used for all types of fabrics. This method of quilt binding is common for use in finishing a baby quilt due to its durability.
Follow the steps below and you will never have to use a calculator to figure our binding:
1. First choose your binding method. (Bias, straight- grain, or single fold binding).
2. Decide the width of the quilt binding.
3. Calculate the length of binding you need to prepare for you quilt for Straight Grain Binding
4. Calculate the length of quilt binding you need to prepare for your quilt for Bias Cut Binding
The single fold binding is sewn to the quilt edge first. The free side of the binding strip is then turned under ¼ inch and sewn in place by hand. This binding can either be cut by a bias cut or a straight cut, not on the bias. This type of quilt binding has little bulk and is a good choice for smaller baby quilts that will be used as wall hanging and will not require many laundering. Also this type of binding is better to be sewn on baby quilts that have only straight edges.
Never treat the quilt binding as an afterthought.
Chose the quilt binding that is perfect for your almost completed baby compete to make it the treasure of a lifetime.
The binding of your baby quilt is the last part that keeps those loose threads from showing, but last does not mean least! You should put as much thought into the bind of your baby quilt as you do into the actual baby quilt.
Many factors influence which binding best suits your baby quilt. Consider your time constraints, skill level, and preference in handquilting or machine quilting of your binding; also your binding may have straight, irregular or curved edges.
One common baby quilt binding, bias binding is made from strips cut on the bias or at a 45 degree angle to the straight grain of the fabric. Bias binding provides the stretch needed on curves, and is popular for baby quilts because it is durable. Strips are pieced together to provide the required length needed for the baby quilt. Bias fold bindings can be either doubled or single folded and created from all types of fabrics
The single bias fold binding is sewn to the quilt edge first. The free side of the binding strip is then turned under ¼ inch and sewn in place by hand. This binding can be cut by a bias cut or a straight cut, not on the bias. It is not bulky and is a good choice for smaller baby quilts that may be used as wall hangings and will not require many launderings. Also this bias binding is better suited to baby quilts with straight edges only.
You have now mastered the art of straight and bias binding but does your baby quilt have more than just a straight edge?
Choosing a fancy binding requires more time, fabric, and some planning to ensure that the binding fits the baby quilt, but the challenges are well worth the reward.
One such binding, the scalloped edge are binding, requires that the scalloped edges are sewn to the quilt top when the shape of the top is predrawn or precut in curves. The binding is sewn to the front of the baby quilt either by machine or hand with invisible thread, wrapped around the back, and then sewn in place. The deep curves are trickier than the shallow ones on this binding, so be sure to purchase extra fabric.
Prairie point bindings, another fancy binding, are created when folded triangles are added to the edge of the baby quilt after it is quilted. The labor-saving continuous prairie point binding technique uses long fabric strips instead of individual squares to make the triangles. This binding is less durable but more decorative and requires planning to make sure the points fit the outer border of the baby quilt. The continuous prairie point binding technique reduces overall time spent on this challenging binding.
Ultimately, whatever binding suits your skill, style, and ability, will be the best binding for your baby quilt. Never treat your binding as an afterthought, but rather, as “the icing on the cake” of your baby quilt. The binding is your last opportunity to personalize your baby quilt – don’t leave it to chance. Choose a binding that will enhance your baby quilt and make it the special family treasure it is destined to become.