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Flanged Binding Tutorial

 

                A few weeks ago, I wrote some tips I’ve used when quilting with minky fabric. (Grab your copy of the freebie here). I love the lush backing minky fabric creates.

But how do you bind minky fabric?

 

On other quilts, I typically machine sew binding to the front of a quilt and then hand stitch the binding on the back using a blind stitch or a big stitch design. But with the Luxe Hide Cuddle fabric, hand-stitching the higher pile seemed a little daunting.

My solution? Make a flanged binding!

 

This binding is machine stitched to the back of the quilt, and then also machine stitched to the front. Thus, I’m not having to tackle hand-stitching fabric with a deep pile.

Here are the steps I used.

Fabric Requirements:

                -Binding fabric strips for the main color at 1 ½” wide

                -Binding fabric strips for the accent color at 1 ¾” wide

Steps:

1.       Figure out how long your binding strips need to be. Measure the perimeter of the quilt and add 10”.

2.      Cut the necessary amount of fabric strips, depending on your quilt size. Sew strips together. I prefer a bias binding.

 

3.     Place the main fabric and accent fabric RST. Sew lengthwise using ¼” seam. Press seam towards the main fabric.

 

4.      Press fabric WST lengthwise making sure the long raw edges are even.

5.     You will notice how the flange appears with the accent color.

6.     Sew your binding to the back of the quilt. Line the raw edges up evenly with the raw edge of the back of the quilt.

7.      Attach binding to your quilt using your preferred method. See my blog posts Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 about how I attach binding to quilts. Remember, this flanged method of binding is attached to the back of the quilt instead of the front of the quilt as noted in the article.

8.     Once attached to the back of the quilt, wrap the binding around to the front of the quilt. I like to use wonder clips to hold my binding in place.

9.     “Stitch in the Ditch” between the main fabric and the accent fabric to attach the binding to the front of the quilt. Use matching thread so that the stitches are unnoticeable.

 

In this photo, you can see how the binding looks on the back of the quilt as well as the flanged binding on the top.

This binding is a wonderful detail to the edges of your quilt. It looks like you put a lot of extra time into this step, but it’s actually quicker than traditional binding and all done by machine! Better yet, it makes binding with minky backing a cinch!

Cuddle3 and Luxe Hide Cuddle fabric can be purchased here at my shop.

 

1 comment

  • I have frequently used flanged binding whenever I want a little extra color around the edge of my quilt. I think a pop of color is even more appealing than enjoying the ease of machine binding.
    My bindings are usually less wide than the 2 3/4” binding you used on Minky-baked quilts. As long as the accent color is 1/4” wider than the main color, I can make any width flange binding I desire.

    Sandra Sparks

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