Binding a quilt by machine: attaching your binding Step 1 Starting at the centre bottom of your quilt and following the traditional or seamed method (see below), attach the double-fold binding with raw edges aligned using a 1 ⁄ 4 in seam. Line your binding strip up around the edges of your quilt. Start sewing 8-10 inches from the end of the binding. Draw a line along that edge with your water soluble marker. Take it nice and slow, as you want your stitching to be as straight as possible. Trim the dog-ears. Try to stitch as close to the edge of the binding as possible. Those seams will look a lot less bulky. I was so afraid of bringing fabrics into the computer-based design software. Lengthwise strips are cut along the length of the fabric, parallel to the selvages. 3. I prefer to cut my binding strips on the bias for a couple reasons. Start at one end of your strip and begin folding it in half. Check the accuracy of this fold with a 45 degree side of a triangle or with the markings on your cutting mat. So when you start cutting your binding one of the things to remember is that your fabric is, and this is for a straight binding we’re not talking bias at all we’re just talking straight binding, your fabric is about 40 inches wide. Relevance. Press your fabric to remove any wrinkles or folds. Refold the binding and stitch on to the quilt. I like to add another 10” to this number to make sure I have enough fabric. Before cutting your binding strips, you need to decide whether you want single-fold or double-fold (French-fold) binding. Enjoy your beautiful masterpiece. This fabric binding is very stable and has the least amount of stretch of the three types. For example, for a standard 3⁄8"-wide finished double-fold binding, cut 2-1⁄2"-wide binding strips and attach them using a 3⁄8" seam allowance. Prepare yourself for…the dreaded quilt binding. Actually, I love binding a quilt. Fold the binding back down and line up the raw edges of the binding to the raw edges of the quilt. It’s easiest to hold the binding fabric in place with Clover Wonder Clips. It is the most durable binding technique as a broken thread would affect only a small portion of the binding edge. Don’t cut the fold. Leave a 6″-8″ tail from the end of the binding. Follow these steps for an easy self binding quilt finish! Using a matching thread knot one end and hide it under where the binding will cover. Lengthwise binding is cut on the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvage) of your fabric. There are all kinds of rulers you can use, most of the time I use the one that I have handy on my cutting table which is 6″ x 24″. What is Quilt Binding? Cut the square in half diagonally to form two triangles. Pin 20. It’s one of my favorite steps and not as intimidating or daunting as some would have you believe. She is a self-taught quilter and is constantly learning and broadening her skill set to create one-of-a-kind quilts! Quilt Direct, Pitts Cleave, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0PW UK. Many quilters like to sew the binding by hand, but I prefer to use my sewing machine. Accuquilt Go! Straight-of-grain binding is the easiest to make. In this blog series about quilt bindings, I plan to show you how to prepare a quilt for binding, along with a couple methods of actually binding the quilt. Ensure all the raw edges line up and then slowly continue your stitches until you reach the first stitches you made. Use a fabric's crosswise straight grain rather than its lengthwise grain for more give and elasticity. This “Part 1” post is mostly dedicated to getting your quilt ready for binding and making the binding itself! Let’s make quilt binding! Straight Grain Binding. This is the method I use on most of my quilts, especially the ones that will be regularly handled and washed, because it covers the quilt’s edges with two protective layers of fabric, instead of one. Then, add an additional ten inches to that number to account for the four mitered corners, and use that as the length of binding to create. Remove the selvages of the piece, straighten the long edges, making if a perfect rectangle (90 degree angles, opposite sides parallel and equal). NEW Dies. Because of this, single-fold binding is generally used in quilts that will not be handled frequently, such as wall hangings, miniature quilts, and quilts with curved or scalloped edges where less bulk in the binding is desired. The fabric first with your water soluble marker, then cut December 27, 2017. written by Elaine Theriault 27... You want single or double fold because it is cut wider than single-fold binding can be cut on the or. 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