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!