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    What size do you cut your binding? Is 2 1/2 standard?

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    I think that 2.5 is standard...I've been doing it at 3 inches - I like it better

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    I do 2.5 most of the time.

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    I like 2.5
    I have used 3 and it seems to be to big.
    I did go down to 2 when I was binding a tablerunner. it was ok. but I do not think I would like it on a full size quilt.

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    at 3" how far in do you sew it on the front side?? so you have a wider bind on the front?? and so you leave any extra fabric on the frontside or do you cut it off even with the edge of the quilt?
    Quote Originally Posted by pamkasperi
    I think that 2.5 is standard...I've been doing it at 3 inches - I like it better

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    I also use 2 1/2" so I can fold in half for extra strength in the binding. But have done 3" when I thought it would look better on a quilt.

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    I do 2 1/4" double fold for binding.

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    I generally do 2-1/4" unless the batting is really thin, in which case I do 2".

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    I usually do mine at 2 1/2 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I do 2 1/4" double fold for binding.
    me too, however for flannel I use 2.5

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    I don't know if it's standard, I do 2.5", which after folding and ironing is actually 1.25".

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    I typically cut 2 1/4 for my bindings.

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    I use 2.5

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    Mine is 2.5 as well.

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    2 1/2" seems to work best for me. I've tried other widths but always come back to this.

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    I make mine 2 3/4" . The extra 1/4 in = 1/8" when double folded and make turning easier.

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    Hi, I do 2 1/2" because I do a wider stitch 1/2 on my binding. This is where there is alot of pulling when in use and I want to make sure nothing pulls out.

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    I like my binding wide. so I cut usually a 5" strip and fold in half sew 1/4" to quilt and then fold over to the back. it ends op being around a 1" finished binding around the whole quilt. But it also depends on the size of the quilt that I am making. the smaller the quilt usually means thinner binding. I know that I am probably really really weird and totally in the minority here but it is what i like and you should play around with your widths till you find one you like best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    I like my binding wide. so I cut usually a 5" strip and fold in half sew 1/4" to quilt and then fold over to the back. it ends op being around a 1" finished binding around the whole quilt. But it also depends on the size of the quilt that I am making. the smaller the quilt usually means thinner binding. I know that I am probably really really weird and totally in the minority here but it is what i like and you should play around with your widths till you find one you like best.
    When you have a binding that wide, how do you trim your quilt? Do you trim all three layers the same, or do you leave the batting and/or backing larger than the top?

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    I've been using 2.5 and 3/8 inch seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I do 2 1/4" double fold for binding.
    So do I. I have tried 2 1/2 inch double fold, but it seems to have too much material for me. I have a book on binding and it recommends 1 7/8" for double fold. I tried that once and it was way too small! With the 2 1/4" I hand stitch the binding down on the back. I don't know how well that would work if you machine stitch the binding.

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    Looks like I'm all alone at 2 inches! I like a small binding! I'm gonna have to break my rule soon. I want to master doing the whole binding by machine. I have not been able to send a quilt out the door yet with one of my machine bindings. Prolly the recipient would never know..but I do!

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    I cut my binding at 2 1/4" sew to the front of the quilt turn to the back of the quilt & stitch in the ditch with the machine.

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    I generally use 21/4 wide binding strips and always miter the strips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I do 2 1/4" double fold for binding.
    :thumbup: Me too. Judges look for a full binding and it is easier to "fill" 2 1/4" perfectly.

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