When you’re making a quilt, it really isn’t complete until you’ve added the binding. That means you’ve finished the edges of the quilt by adding a strip of fabric to embellish the edges (if you want to). The binding itself is the fabric that covers the raw edges of the quilt top, giving it a clean finish. Sewing binding on a quilt is really not very difficult, but you’ll want to be sure to follow a few steps to make sure that you do it correctly.
Getting started with sewing binding on a quilt
Sewing binding on a quilt is a great way to finish off your quilt top. The most common way is to sew the binding onto the quilt top using a sewing machine. We’ll start by cutting our binding into strips. You will need enough binding strips to go around the entire perimeter of your quilt top. We are going to want to choose the right type of binding.
There are many types of quilt bindings—each with its own unique benefits. So, how do you choose the right type of binding for your quilt?
The size of your quilt
A smaller quilt will require less binding, so you can choose a thinner binding tape.
The type of fabric you’re using
If you’re using a delicate fabric, you’ll want to choose a softer binding.
The look you’re going for
Do you want your binding to be visible or hidden? If you want it to be visible, choose a contrasting color or pattern.
There are many different types of binding available, here are some of them—each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages:
- Cotton binding is the most popular type of binding. It is durable and easy to work with. However, it can shrink when washed, so it is important to pre-wash the fabric before using it.
- Wool binding is also durable, but it can be more difficult to work with than cotton binding.
- Polyester binding is the least popular type of binding because it is not as durable as cotton or wool binding.
Materials to sew binding on a quilt
To get started, you will need to gather your supplies. You will need:
A Quilt Top
Quilt tops can be made from a variety of fabrics, including cotton, flannel, and even wool.
Heavier fabrics will be more difficult to sew together and may not lie as flat on the quilt surface.
Binding strips are usually made from cotton or polyester fabric and are 2.5 inches wide. They can be bought pre-made, or you can make your own strips by cutting fabric into 2.5-inch wide strips.
To bind a quilt, you will need about 1 yard of binding for every 4 feet of quilt edge. So, if your quilt is 6 feet long and 4 feet wide, you will need 2 yards of binding.
You need to make sure that your machine can sew a straight stitch. You also need to make sure that the machine has a zigzag stitch function. This will be used to finish the raw edges of the binding strips. Third, you need to make sure that the machine has enough power to sew through multiple layers of fabric.
If you are looking for the right machine. I would recommend,
The Singer 9960 Sewing & Quilting Machine
You will get the best pricing when you buy one of the machines that also includes an Accessory Kit and Extension Table.
Different types of thread can be used when sewing binding on a quilt, but some are better than others. For example, using a polyester thread is a good choice because it is strong and will not break easily. It is also less likely to fray or come undone than other types of thread. Another good option is to use a cotton thread, which is also strong and durable. However, it is important to note that cotton threads can sometimes be more difficult to work with because they can be slippery. Whichever type of thread you choose, make sure that it is the correct size for your needle and that you test it out on a scrap piece of fabric before you begin sewing binding on your quilt.
From your sewing kit, you will also want to make sure you have a good pair of scissors and plenty of pins to hold the binding in place while sewing.
Cutting the binding strips
Once you have cut your strips, you will need to sew them together end-to-end using a diagonal seam until you have one long strip that is the desired length for your quilt.
- If you are using a rotary cutter, you can simply cut strips that are 2-1/2 inches wide.
- If you are using a straight edge, you will need to cut strips that are 3 inches wide.
Binding strips should be cut on the bias (diagonally across the fabric) so they will lay flat when sewn onto the quilt. You’ll need enough to go around the entire perimeter of your quilt, plus a few extra inches.
Now, let’s attach the binding to the quilt
Sewing binding on a quilt can be a daunting task, but with these tips, you’ll be a pro in no time!
There are a few key steps to ensure a tight, professional finish:
- Measure the quilt top and cut strips of fabric 2-1/2″ wide.
- Sew the strips together end to end with a 45-degree angle seam.
Sewing the binding strips together at the seams will help prevent bulkiness when attaching the binding to the quilt.
Next, attach the binding strips to the quilt top, right sides together and be sure to leave a few inches of overlap at each corner.
Sewing the binding to this quilt back
After you’ve attached the binding to the quilt, it’s time to sew it to the quilt back. Here’s how to do it:
- Start by sewing a few stitches in the middle of one side of the binding.
- Next, holding the binding in place with your fingers, sew along the entire length of the binding.
- When you get to the corner, stop sewing and lift up the presser foot (close the gap)
- Rotate the quilt 90 degrees so that you can sew along the next side of the binding.
- Repeat steps 2-4 until you’ve sewn all four sides of the binding.
- Finally, trim any excess thread and you’re done!
Sewing binding on a quilt is not as difficult as it may seem. With a little patience and practice, anyone can do it! So, don’t be discouraged if your first attempt isn’t perfect. Just keep trying and you’ll eventually get the hang of it.