Quilt Bindings

Binding – a New Way

At a recent sew day some of my fellow quilters were talking about a different method of binding quilts ie. using two different fabrics so that the binding matches the front and back of the quilt.  Since I had one more quilt to bind for our quilt show next week  I decided to try it.  The results give a clean sharp edge to the binding as well as a nice look.

To make a 2-color binding for a quilt is really easy:

  • Cut fabric strips for binding (Add length and width of quilt.  Multiply times 2.  Add 10″ to allow for mitered corners  and finishing miter to join ends.:
    • Strip to match the quilt front – cut width – 1″
    • Strip to match the quilt back – cut width – 2″
  • Join strips together.
  • Using a 1/4″ seam sew front and back strips together:



  • Press seam open:


Sew binding to quilt front matching front fabric:



Open binding out bring to the back of the quilt,


finger-press binding along the fold for a nice crisp edge.   Hand sew into place.



I think I’ll use this method quite a bit. I really like the sharp look it gives a quilt!

There is always time to quilt!
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