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Thread: Do You Bind A Rag Quilt?

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    Do You Bind A Rag Quilt?

    I'm making my first rag quilt and not sure how to finish the outside edges. Do I bind it like a regular quilt or sew a seam around the edge and clip it like I do the inside seams?
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    i've done them both ways- i've added binding around raggy quilts and i've just stitched a 1/2" line of stitching all the way around the outside-then clipped it and frayed the edges- both ways work- some people use a whole inch on the outside- i've had a couple that binding made more sense- depends on how you want the finished quilt to be. do it which ever way you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i've done them both ways- i've added binding around raggy quilts and i've just stitched a 1/2" line of stitching all the way around the outside-then clipped it and frayed the edges- both ways work- some people use a whole inch on the outside- i've had a couple that binding made more sense- depends on how you want the finished quilt to be. do it which ever way you like.
    Guess I'll wait until I have the inside finished and then decide how to do the outside. Thanks!!
    Kim

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    I zigzaged around the edge of mine and then ragged the outside

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    I always rag the outside edges, but it's a matter of personal preference.

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    Yep, do what you want. I have seen mostly raggedy edges though.
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    Do what you want. I just sew the outer edge and clip it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I always rag the outside edges, but it's a matter of personal preference.
    Yep. I do the same.

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    The ones I did I left the edges ragged.
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    I just stitched around the outside but I used the triple row of stitching a feature on my machine. Held up just fine.

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    I stitch around the outside and clip. Binding is not my favorite part of quilting, so I don't bind rag quilts.
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    Does anyone know what I can do for my rag quilts? I made 5 for Christmas for my grandchildren. 2 of them ragged beautifully, but the other 3 did not rag as well. Is there anything that will make them rag better?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy of 6 View Post
    Does anyone know what I can do for my rag quilts? I made 5 for Christmas for my grandchildren. 2 of them ragged beautifully, but the other 3 did not rag as well. Is there anything that will make them rag better?
    Thanks.
    Did you use flannel?
    Sadiemae

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    grammy of 6, I always use flannel on the inside and make my seams 1/2". Did you use 100% cotton? Cotton blends won't rag as well.

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    lynnsim, all 5 of the quilts are 100% flannel.

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    Sadiemae, I used flannel for the top, the backing and the batting.

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    I decided to clip the outside edges and glad I did. I don't think I would have liked binding it. Enjoyed making this one so much that I ordered some green flannel with cars and trucks on it to make one for my grandson. Also got 3 solid colors to mix in with the print. I think he'll really like it because they're so soft. Mine is in the washer right now so when it's done I'll post pictures of it. Do wish I'd made it a little larger. Didn't take into consideration the amount of loss on each block due to the larger seam allowance. It's a good size for a lap quilt. Can always make another one.
    Last edited by KimS; 01-30-2012 at 04:51 PM.
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