Extra Wide Quilt Binding Tutorial

There are many individuals out there who bind their quilts, and the majority of the traditional technique for the quilt binding work. 

But when you do an extra-wide quilt binding, it will perfectly play its part as a frame for your completed quilt. It will not just enhance the appearance of your quilt but also protect the edges of the quilt. 

Many people opt for the narrow binding technique, but the extra-wide one is more helpful and the best choice. The wide bindings or extra wide bindings these days have become a designing component. 

You will find them available in various quilts, and they do make the entire quilt stand out among the other products and items. 

But are you thinking of doing some extra wide quilt binding yourself? Well, there are several ways you can do so, and it’s not that difficult. 

Extra Wide Quilt Binding Tutorial

Doing an extra-wide quilt binding is simple and easy. You are not required to have additional skills or knowledge for it. If you are a pro in this particular area, you can easily get the work done. 

But first-timers might find it a little challenging. For such reasons, individuals who are doing the wide quilt binding can refer to this article as their guide for the first time.

It contains all the information and instructions on how one can easily do extra-wide quilt binding in detail. 

How To Create An Extra Wide Quilt Binding?

Below is a step-by-step instruction that will tell you how to get the quilt binding work done quickly and effectively. Have a look!

Step 1

Cut down the quilt and leave around ¾ inch of additional backing or batting around the whole perimeter. You must use around ¼ inch of seam and sew it around the borders to secure from the batting to the backing area. 

Doing so will help ensure that the batting doesn’t get bunched up within the completed extra wide binding. 

Step 2 

Now, you must measure the border or perimeter of the quilt. When you calculate the quilt’s circumference, it will enable you to determine the number of binding strips you require. 

For that, you can divide it by 40 and add by 1. For instance, if the measurement of the trimmed quilt is around 60inches x 80inches, the size of the perimeter will be 60 + 60 + 80+ 80 = 280 inches. 

So, you have to divide 280 by 40, through which you will get 7 and then add 1. The total amount you will receive is 8, and it’s the number of binding strips you need. 

The extra strip is required for folding the corners. You will also need the strip to connect it with the binding strips when the process ends. 

Step 3

You have to cut down the number of binding strips by 5 inches x WOF [selvage x selvage]. After that, you have to join all the strips together to produce a continuous and long binding. 

Step 4r

Fold the bindings within ½ lengthwise and press on it. If you want to have a crisp fold, you can use spray starch for it. Make sure to use the spray starch when you are pressing the fold. 

Step 5

You must align all the raw edges of the binding strip with the quilt’s edges. With a ¼ inch seam, stitch up the binding strips right on top of the quilt. 

Make sure to leave around 8 inches to 10 inches of the tail of additional binding. Also, you will require the backstitching technique for the beginning to the end of all the seams for this particular tutorial. 

Once you approach the quilt corner, you must slow down a little and stop the stitching work ¼ inch right before reaching the corner. 

Ensure there is around ¼ inch of space at the corner of the quilt’s top area and use the backstitching method for the seam’s end. 

Step 6

Now, you must measure around 2 ¼ inches from the sewing line’s end towards the strip and make a slight marking with an invisible pen or just a pencil. Otherwise, you can also use chalk for marking. 

The marking will play its part as a reference point later within the entire process. Remember, when you are doing the marking work, don’t mark on the wrong areas. 

Otherwise, it might give birth to unwanted errors, and you will obtain the results you want. So, please be a little careful.

Step 7

You must fold the binding on the right-hand side to create a diagonal fold [45 Degrees Angle]. When you use the diagonal lines, you will encounter the points at the rim of the quilt.

Step 8

While maintaining the 45-degree fold, you have to take up the strip and fold on the left-hand corner. This will line up a brand-new fold with the backing or batting’s edge. 

Mark the place where the new sewing line began and take 1 inch from the edge and repeat step 5 here as well.

Step 9

You must begin your sewing work right from the marked area and continue the stitching until you reach the next corner. 

After that, you can stop stitching ¼ inch before reaching the edge. Use the backstitching method at the stopping point.

Step 10

You need to measure around 2 ¼ inches and create the reference point. [Replicate Step 6]

Step 11 

For this particular step, you have to replicate Step 7 to Step 9 until all the 4 corners are completed. Once you approach the actual beginning point, make sure to stop 12 inches to 14 inches before the fundamental starting point.

After that, you must join the binding strips together and press the seam open. You must lay down the remaining binding strips right against the top of the quilt.

Now, you have to sew up the remaining binding line, which will overlap the sewing line right from the beginning to the end of the final seam.

Step 12

You must press on the binding away from the top of the quilt. 

Step 13

You must fold up the binding around the quilt’s backside. 

Step 14

Press on the binding located at the backside of the quilt and make sure to press and form the mitred corners.

Step 15

You must pin the mitered corners right back to their position. 

Step 16

Now, you have to opt for the handing-stitching method to put the binding in its place. Keep stitching until you reach the mitered corner. Doing so will enable you to hold everything in place. 

You can also glue baste the binding at the backside and sew within the ditch right from the front area of the quilt. This will allow you to catch hold of the binding at the back of the seam. You are all done with the extra-wide binding work. 

Types Of Quilt Binding Available 

Even though you already know about the extra-wide quilt binding, several other types of quilt binding are available. Look below!

  • Straight Grain Binding

The straight graining binding will take place when the material or fabric strips are cut down the crosswise or lengthwise grain of the material. 

This particular binding is used when you want to cover up the straight edges. You also need to miter around all the corners. 

  • Bias Grain Binding

For the bias grain binding, you need to cut both the tape and the bias right along the material’s bias grain. You must cut around 45 degrees lengthwise or crosswise grain. 

Woven materials or fabric can stretch towards this particular direction. This will allow the binding to stretch smoothly around the rounded or odd shapes. 

This particular stretch will enable the quilt binding to lie down flatly on the edges of the rounded quilt.

What Size Is The Extra Wide Bias Tape?

The size of the extra bias tape is around 1inch, and this particular size is for the single fold extra wide bias tape. You will also come across double-fold bias tape that comes with a trim finish of ½ inch. 

The extra-wide single wide bias tape is mainly used in hems, facings, casings, and trims. On certain occasions, you need to sew at the edges of this particular bias tape. 

For the extra wide double fold one, they are mainly used for ties or edge finishes. You can use around a bag flap’s edging, a hot pad, or a placemat. 

You can also use seam finishes that will allow you to encase the rough seam allowance. 

How Do You Use The Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape?

You can use the extra-wide double-fold tape for binding work, decorations, bottom loops, and drawstrings. But it stands out as the best opt for bindings. 

Why? It’s because it will enable you to complete the raw edges by getting rid of the garment’s seam allowance. You can also encase the edges with this particular tape to create a polished and neat appearance. 

Using a double-fold bias tape will eliminate the need to use facings and linings from garments. Apart from that, extra wide double fold tape is also used along the armholes and neckline edges of the garments.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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