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Thread: Binding width

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    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
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    The binding I had made for my denim quilt appears to be not wide enough to fit properly...it barely covers the edge. I think my wonderful math skills and the thickness of the fabric (denim-like fabric) attributed to this width problem.

    In any case, I need to make more binding, but I need help on figuring out how thick to cut the strips for the binding...'cause my math skills aren't the greatest. I only got one shot at this since I've only got one pair of jeans to work with (yeah, its thick, but I've already spent too much on this quilt because of mess-ups so I'm not going to make another trip to Wal-Mart and just work with what I already have). Suggestions?

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    What size did you cut the first binding?

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    Hi Flying_V_Goddess
    How wide do you want your finished binding to be? I use double fold straight cut binding, so my rule of thumb is multiply finished width of binding by 6 plus 1/4" for easement. I've never worked with denim though :) so some of these other ladies will probably be able to give you better advise. Cheers, have been following your battle with the denim quilt and have been cheering from the sidelines, so would really love to see a pic when you win :)

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    In the past , using lighter weight fabrics, I have cut the strips 2 1/2 inches and doubled the srip --right sides out and attached it to the quilt. With denim I am not sure if you would want to double it as it might be too thick.

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    I, too, have always used 2 1/2 inch wide strip for binding, maybe for the denim it could be a little wider, 3 inches????

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    That is a good idea--allowing for the extra thickness of the denim. Straight cut --not bias.

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    maybe instead of attaching the binding in the usual way, because of thickness why not just lay it on fold to other side and use a blanket stich or zigzag it on. Or any other fancy stitch

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    Well, I am of no help on that bc most of my creations are figured out as I go....and I'm a newbie to the big stuff...
    BUT....As for jeans....I get mine at a thrift store for 50 cents a pair! usually, i don't find them in my size, I buy for sewing and stuff...
    hth

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    Boy around here they sure aren't .50 a pair, they want 7 and 8 dollars for them and they get them free. I am saving old ones to make a jean quilt for my grandson, but it will be awhile til I get enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    What size did you cut the first binding?
    Just off the top of my head, I think the fabric strips were 1.25" before they were folded into binding.

    Quote Originally Posted by ShellyQ
    Hi Flying_V_Goddess
    How wide do you want your finished binding to be? I use double fold straight cut binding, so my rule of thumb is multiply finished width of binding by 6 plus 1/4" for easement. I've never worked with denim though :) so some of these other ladies will probably be able to give you better advise. Cheers, have been following your battle with the denim quilt and have been cheering from the sidelines, so would really love to see a pic when you win :)
    What exactly is straight cut binding?

    I want the binding to be the same width as my seam allowance...which is 5/16" (1/16" shy of being 1/4"). So according to your formula and if I'm doing my math right I'd have to cut strips that are... 2 1/8"?


    Quote Originally Posted by ceannastahr
    maybe instead of attaching the binding in the usual way, because of thickness why not just lay it on fold to other side and use a blanket stich or zigzag it on. Or any other fancy stitch
    I really don't want to use the zig zag stitch...just a matter of preference and how much thread it will take to cover 280 inches of raw edges.

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