I have a friend that makes beautiful quilts and has won soooo many ribbons. Her bindings are perfect. She shared her secret with me a few weeks ago. She cuts her binding 2 1/2 inches, but when she sews it to the quilt on the front with machine, she uses a 3/8 inch seam allowance. They are always full and firm. I just tried this on a baby quilt for my first great granddaughter and it works. Nicest binding I have ever done.