How many times have you had a friend or your long arm quilter make you a binding for your quilt? Being a long arm quilter myself, I have had the honor of doing this task more times than I’d like to admit. For some reason this last step in your quilt leaves many quilters in a cold sweat. Luckily Dana Jones helps clear the air in this helpful video on making quilt binding.
Dana starts the video with clear instruction and demonstrates the cutting of strips for your binding. She suggests a 2¼-inch strip for her quilts, but you will need to find what length works best for you. (I’ve seen them cut anywhere from 2-inch to 2 ½-inch strips.) There is no right or wrong width as long as all the strips are the same width. My suggestion would be to start with a 2¼ or 2½-inch strip when you are first learning bindings and then start to play around with it.
The joining of the strips seems to be a difficult concept for many quilters. We need to remember that when we join the strips we do not want bulk at the joining point. Bulk will make it difficult to turn the binding from the back of a quilt to the front and sew down without the seam being noticed. Dana shows us a joining technique that will avoid any bulk issue.
Once we have the joining seam in place we are ready to cut away any excess fabric. Put the ¼ inch mark of your ruler on your seam and cut the excess fabric. You will need to be careful not to cut on the wrong side of your seam or you will cut your strips apart.
Hopefully with a little instruction and practice, this tricky quilting step will be tricky no more! Make sure to check out the full video for Dana’s demonstration, and let us know in the comments if you have any questions or have tried making quilt binding yourself.
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