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# Thread: How much material do I ned for binding?

1. It's a generous sized queen quilt and I have 1/2 yard. Math isn't my strong point and it's late and my brain isn't working very good. I don't want to start cutting and then discover I don't have enough.

2. Measure the perimeter of your quilt. Add 12-18 (corners, etc). Divide by 40. Round up.

Eg - quilt is 180" (after adding 12-18) -> Divide by 40 = 4.5 -> 5.

This is the # of strips you need. Multiply times how wide your binding is (2.25-2.5" usually). That's how much material you need.

5 strips x 2.5" = 12.5" (x wof) will be enough to do the binding

Make sense

3. Here's a handy calculator I found: http://www.quiltpox.com/calculators.html

4. Originally Posted by katier825
Here's a handy calculator I found: http://www.quiltpox.com/calculators.html
Thanks for this link, I have bookmarked this one as a keeper

5. I round most all my quilt corners and I cut my bindings 2-3/4" wide and sew on with 3/8" seam and I sew about 8 or 9 crosswise grain strips together and I usually have enough. I might cut an extra or two more - if quilt is larger and I pull a little as I stitch binding on with a walking foot. If I have any leftover, I save them for scrappy bindings on scrappy quilts. Trying to add more binding strips on a large quilt is not easy.

6. Originally Posted by katier825
Here's a handy calculator I found: http://www.quiltpox.com/calculators.html
Thanks for this link.

7. My method is very unscientific. I like to use 2 1/2 in strips cut on the lengthwise grain--less strips to cut that way! I use 1/4 in seam. If I have enough length of binding fabric, or almost enough, then I just cut one extra strip to account for the corners. Not very scientific I know.

8. Half a yard of fabric probably isn't enough for binding for a queen size quilt. A queen size quilt usually takes 9 strips and you need 23 inches of fabric to cut that.

9. Thaks for figuring that out for me. I better wait til I get to a store with fabric.

10. I have made many queen size quilts and if you cut your binding 2 1/2 inches like I do you will need at least 3/4 yd of fabric for 9 strips. That is what is needed. Marge

11. 1 yard of of 2.5 inch strips willl yeild 16 strips. It takes about 9 strips to bind a queen. Depending on the size. If I have strips left over I use it for strip quilting or add it to binding for another quilt.
I do enjoy binding with striped material. Its different look.
Keep it rock'in
simple quilter

12. Originally Posted by Donna Mae
1I do enjoy binding with striped material. Its different look.
Keep it rock'in
simple quilter
I collect strips and odd prints for bindings. I have a large jar where all my left over binding strips go. I just bound 2 charity baby quilts with all left over bindings.

13. http://www.blockcentral.com/calculators.shtml i just used this
yesterday and i love it...no brainer lol

14. Originally Posted by ctmhjenn
http://www.blockcentral.com/calculators.shtml i just used this
yesterday and i love it...no brainer lol
Great calculators! Thanks for sharing!

15. Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
Half a yard of fabric probably isn't enough for binding for a queen size quilt. A queen size quilt usually takes 9 strips and you need 23 inches of fabric to cut that.
I was going to say the same thing...

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