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How wide do you cut your binding fabric?

Old 12-21-2015, 04:05 AM
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My "go to" width to cut binding fabric is 2 1/2". I fold it in half and sew it on, then fold over and stitch closed. However, a new pattern that I'm working on is asking for a 3 1/2" width. I'm not sure why. Perhaps just for the design/look of the quilt. That got me thinking about how wide is too wide, or too narrow. How wide do you go?

Thanks, Cindy

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Old 12-21-2015, 04:13 AM
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Yes - 2 1/2" is my standard too, but if I'm making something that won't get 'wear and tear' like a wall hanging, I usually cut 1 1/2" so don't fold.

I've never done wider. I'd be too apprehensive about getting the measurements right when sewing on the binding so the quilt sandwich fills it.

Would love to see a pic of it when done and how far in you had to stitch the binding on.
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:22 AM
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Thanks Knitette, I haven't cut the binding yet. I was waiting to see what others might suggest first. Right now, I'm thinking that I'm just going to go with my regular, 2 1/2" width. I have the same reservations that you do regarding the binding being full.

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I was taught to use 2 1/2". But now I use 2 1/4" and get better results.
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeanne S View Post
I was taught to use 2 1/2". But now I use 2 1/4" and get better results.
Same for me!
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I find that 2 1/4" works best for me. I've tried other widths but always come back to this size. If I want a wide binding, I just add a final border of the appropriate width, then bind with the same fabric cut 2 1/4". I get the same look, but without the hassle.
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I normally do 2 1/4" as well. Find it works best for me.
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I find that 2-1/4" is perfect.
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:53 AM
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I also used to use 2 1/2" and still do if I use Minky for the back but my standard is 2 1/4"
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I was taught to use 2 1/2". But now I use 2 1/4" and get better results.
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I use 2 1/2 but I also use a 3/8" seam because that's the width of my walking foot for easy reference. If I was using 1/4" seam then I'd go with 2 1/4.
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