When making a quilt, your final step in the project is binding it. Once you have done this, only then can you say you have made a complete quilt. The binding is a piece of fabric used to cover the edges all around the quilt. It is also the process of binding a quilt.
How Do You Cut Binding?
There are two methods to cut binding, bias, and straight grain cutting. Straight grain cutting can either be lengthwise and crosswise. As a quilter, you need to know how to cut in either of the methods. Then, when you are a professional quilter, you will have a favorite method to fall back on every time you need to cut binding for a quilt.
You can only make a quilt binding when you are at the binding stage of your quilt. This means that you can’t start cutting binding for your quilt before you have finished making the quilt.
Binding your quilt is the final step in quilt making.
Types Of Binding
Before we get to the guide on how to cut binding for a quilt, you should know the different types of binding that you can cut. You can either cut a single fold or a double fold binding.
A single fold binding is a single thickness of the fabric. It is easy to cut and use. However, it doesn’t provide adequate protection to the edges of your binding as you would want.
Double-fold binding is the other type of binding you can cut. It is also known as the French fold. It is cut wider than a single fold then pressed in half to form a double fold before it is used as a binding. Quilters love the double fold for its thickness.
When you cut your binding, you should know whether you want to cut a single or double binding for your quilt. If you have a small quilt that for your daily use, you can use a single binding. Also, if your quilt is more decorative than functional.
You can use a double fold if you are making a large quilt that will be in use as often as possible. A double fold protects your quilt better and helps to make it durable and high-quality.
2 Different Methods To Cut Binding For A Quilt
Step 1. Layout a large fabric on your working surface from which you will be cutting the binding strips.
Step 2. Bring a rule to one edge of the fabric to help you identify a 45-degree angle on the fabric.
Step 3. When you have your angle mark parallel lines running at the angle on the whole fabric.
Step 4. Cut your bias binding along these marked lines.
Step 5. Join them together using a horizontal seam to make your quilt binding.
In this method, you can cut a continuous bias binding from a fabric. You won’t have to cut then join the pieces together.
Step 1. From your binding fabric, cut out a large square. The size of your quilt will determine how long your binding will be and also how big the fabric will you cut fabrics from will be.
Step 2. Cut the square into two triangular pieces by cutting it diagonally in half.
Step 3. Align the two short sides of the triangle and sew them together to form a parallelogram. Make a quarter-inch seam allowance when sewing then, press open the seams.
Step 4. Draw lines parallel to the long bias edges. The distance between each line is the width of the binding that you will cut from this fabric. Make good measurements to ensure that you have proper binding fabric width.
Step 5. Form a tube with your fabric by joining the right sides together, aligning the raw edges, and bringing the straight-grain edges together. Then shift the edges to ensure that the drawn lines connect on the tube and sew the fabric in this position. Then, press the seams.
Step 6. Now, cut from the top marked line continuously in a spiral until you have your continuous bias quilt binding cut off from the square.
Method 2. Straight Grain Cut For Binding
Step 1. Layout the fabric from which you will be cutting your binding strips on your working surface. Also, consider the size of your quilt as you select the fabric from which you will cut out your binding pieces.
Step 2. Determine the width of the binding strips that you will be cutting off and mark on the ruler. Place your ruler at the top of the fabric at the already determined width and cut using a rotary cutter. Mark a point on your ruler that will indicate the width of the binding piece. Cut your binding to match this width.
Step 3. Straight grain binding means that you cut your binding strips crosswise, either vertically or horizontally. Thus, your binding strips will have selvage edges. Cut off the selvage edges before you join the strips into a quilt binding.
Step 4. Take two strips, hold them together with pins with their right sides facing each other. This helps to sew together your fabrics in a straight line even when you need to make a curve on the corners of your quilt.
Step 5. Sew the other ends with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Press the seams properly to remove all wrinkling. Open up the strips and press the seams open.
Step 6. Attach the rest of the binding strips in this way to form your quilt binding. There are different methods of joining your quilt binding strips after you have cut them. You need to have at least one method that is suitable for the type of quilt that you have. You also need to have a method that is easy and fast.
Step 7. Fold your binding along the length then press it to have your quilt binding ready. In doing this you create a double fold binding for the durability and quality of your quilt.
How Do You Turn Binding And Settle It In Place On Your Quilt?
Binding your quilt is a long process. How you do it is determined by your prowess and the length of the quilt. You have to make sure that your binding sits properly on your quilt. Because binding is both protective and decorative.
To settle your binding properly on the quilt before you start to stitch it on, you can use pins or clips. This ensures you have a visual of how your binding will look like on the quilt when you are through stitching it on.
You can also use washable fabric glue if you don’t have pins or clips.
Why Do Many Quilters Prefer The Bias Cut For Their Binding?
Quilts don’t have to have straight edges all the time. Some are made with curved edges which are difficult to bind with straight grain cut bindings. Bias bindings from the way they are cut can stretch easily. This makes it possible for quilters to have bindings that can go over curves comfortably.
In addition to binding curves easily, bias-cut bindings don’t pucker. This means that you will have a neatly finished quilt.
As a quilter, you are not through with your quilting project before you have made a proper binding for it. Before you make the binding, you need to cut out binding strips from your binding fabric. You also need to know what type of binding you will use on your quilt and how long it will be.
There are different methods of cutting binding for your quilt. Practice consistently to master at least one method. This will make your quilt-making process smooth as you have mastered the different skills needed to make a perfect quilt.