I cut my strips 9" which will give me a 4.5" rod pocket. How Much Binding Do I Need? 3. Using Flange binding allows you to sew the binding on the quilt entirely by machine! I learned that this helps ensure the width (of the binding)on the back of the quilt more closely matches the width on the front of the quilt when it's finished. Measure the width of your quilt. Cut binding strips 1 3/4” x width of fabric. I will discuss two methods for getting a quilt ready for binding. Step 1. Measure the width and the height of your quilt, add those numbers together and multiply by 2. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together (see a in the following figure). 4. How we attach the binding with your machine is unique, but very simple. 5. It's been stitched and secured to the wrong side of your quilt. To determine the width of the binding strips, you need to consider the finished look you’re going for. This tutorial is all about the steps to bind a mini quilt, like one of my Mini Jaybird Quilts. How Wide Should You Cut Quilt Binding. The steps to quilt binding by machine: 1. Learn quilter Angela Walters' foolproof techniques for binding your quilts simply and beautifully every time. These steps on how to make a quilt are easy. What you need: To calculate how long your binding should be, measure the width and length of your quilt. The quilt I’m binding for this post is one I designed as a free pattern for APQS almost 2 years ago. I use school glue to hold the binding down on the front (the quilt police should be arriving any time!). There is no predetermined width or length that should be used for all quilt bindings. Folding the quilt in half lengthwise and width-wise helps to make sure it is generally squared-up. Quilt binding should be cut 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) wide for large quilts or 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) for small or wall-hanging quilts. I also learned that quilt judges (at shows) look for bindings to be completely filled by the batting. Single fold binding is great for Mini Quilts and small projects. Preparing a Quilt for Binding by Machine . You can get away with a slightly narrow binding at 2 1/4″ should be fine too. With the 1/2″ seam allowance and that binding width, I found it to work well. This is the last step to bind your quilt. View from the back of the quilt Width of the finished flanged biding. Sew strips together until they measure the sum total length of all four sides of the quilt. *Please note it is less durable and not recommended for quilts that will be used and washed often. Join strips, right sides together, with diagonal seam - top left corner to bottom right corner. Note: for mini quilts and mug rugs I sometimes cut my binding strips 2¼ inches. Some quilters also prefer bias cut binding for straight edged quilts. Since we’re going for the fastest, easiest way to bind a quilt, we’re going to learn how to bind a quilt by machine. It’s a different technique and once you learn how to use it may replace the need add borders in some quilts. I make sample bindings so I can audition them to find which size I need before cutting binding for the quilt. Going back to my twin sized Strudel quilt, the amount of fabric required for the binding = ( 328 inches / 42 inches) x 2.25 = (7.8, rounded up to 8) x 2.25 = 18 inches Working backwards you can see that 8 strips of fabric that are 42 inches long will give us a total length of 336 inches, which should be enough to bind the quilt, when taking into consideration joins and corners. If your quilt will get a lot of use, consider fabric strip binding instead. To determine how many of these binding strips you’ll need, you can use this calculator at My Web Quilter or the formula below: 1. If the length of the quilt is 50 inches (130 cm), then the length times 2 will be 100 inches (250 cm). Cut strips of fabric four times wider than the desired width of the finished binding. Stop sewing before you reach the corner of the quilt, ending the seam the same distance from the approaching quilt edge as the width of the seam allowance. Cut the binding along the selvage edge of the fabric for straight grain and at 45 degree angles to the selvage for bias. Cut enough strips to equal the circumference of your quilt (add all the sides of your quilt together and add about 6 to 10 inches). Determine how many lengths of fabric cut from selvedge to selvedge you are going to need to equal this amount. Press the center fold. In this how to guide we’ll show you how to cut your chosen binding fabric into strips, then join them together to make the binding for your quilt. Press the binding on the backside to create a nice crease, then fold the binding to the front. 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