Binding Tutorial Part 1
Quilt Binding Tutorial - Make Binding
How Much Fabric Do I Need?
First, binding needs to be made. The amount of binding is found by adding up all four sides of your quilt and adding on 10" to that amount. I then divide this amount by 42" (the width of the fabric) to find out how many strips I need. Then I multiply this number by 2.5 to see how much fabric I need to purchase in order to make the binding.
For example, if my quilt is 50" x 60" then the sum of the perimeter of the quilt is 220". Then I add on 10" more, and that gives me 230". I divide 230" by 42" which gives me 5.48. That means I'll need to round up to needing 6 strips of binding. Take 6 strips and multiply it by 2 1/2" which will give us 15 inches. So we'll need 15" of fabric to make binding. I would recommend buying 1/2 yard of binding fabric in this example.
How Do I Make the Strips?
Take your binding fabric and cut it into 2 1/2" strips. In our example above, we needed six strips. Cut off the selvage edges from the strips.
Take one strip right side up, and place another strip wrong side up on top of it at the end. Match up the corners so they are perpendicular which the right side fabric going horizontally and the wrong side fabric going vertically.
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner where the 2 fabrics overlap. You will sew on this diagonal line.
Then cut 1/4" away from the seam to cut off the excess little triangle piece of fabric. Press the fabric open so the top and bottom edges of the fabric make a perfect line. Continue joining the binding strips in the manner until they are all connected in one long continuous strip.
Fold the binding in half so the top long edge matches the bottom long edge. Iron the full length of the fold to finish making the binding strip.
That's it! To keep it neat and tidy, I sometimes roll it on a cardboard tube. In reality, I mostly roll it around my hand and make a tidy roll. I've seen some people store it on their extra spool holder on their machine. Mine will usually rest in my lap as I sew.
I like using continuous bias binding. The diagonal seam that connects the strips are easier on the eye and less noticeable than vertical seams. I hope you like it too!
Check back soon for another blog article on attaching the binding to the quilt and mitered corners!