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Thread: Preferred width of Binding

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDQuilts View Post
    When I am making a wide framing binding (1/2" or larger) I still sew 1/4" from the edge of the quilt top so I don't lose points and cut the batting/backing to the finish measurement from the seam line. Then turn.
    I do the same thing, except all my bindings are at least 1/2" (cut at 2"), and usually 5/8" (cut at 3"). I've never been one to follow the recipe and I just think wider bindings have a better proportion to the size of functional quilts. I don't put bindings on my smaller art quilts; I finish those by the envelope method.
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    I like the 21/4 width. Works the best for me.

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    I too do 21/2 normally but have been known to do 3" -- it depends on the quilt pattern and how much loft the batting has.
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    I cut at 3.5", fold in half (I only do double chanel) and then stitch at .5"... so 3.5 folded is 1.75, stitched at .5 (with all raw edges together)... is 1.25 left to fold over again, now it's .75 left hanging over the edge..fold under and then there is a skimpy .25 left (the folds, seam and the depth of the edge all take up a bit) which i either blindstitch by hand or stitch in the ditch by machine for children's and donors' quilts.

    This produces a standard .5" binding, which usually, but not always matches the last border. Any other width or color is purely a style choice... i still use .5" but most of my colorful children's quilts have all the scrap binding that i've used sewn together (on the slant, for eye pleasing) and then applied as normal, but letting all the colors just 'be' bright...
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    I started out using 2 1/4 inch binding; but now use 2 1/2 inch because I can cut that faster.

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    i doubt you need another opinion, but 2.25 for me as well.

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    My 2 cents worth. I like narrow binding so use 2".
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    I do 2 and 1/2 for bindings. Works goo for me.
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    I change the width depending on the look of the quilt- i.e. I let the design dictate to me. One of my quilts has a 2" wide binding. finished.

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    I prefer 2 1/2" for everything.

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    I use 2 1/2 because I mainly do it all by machine.
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    Proof that there are no quilt police here, I cut my strips 4 7/8" and fold in half.
    Then sew on top with a 3/4" seam allowance (horrors!) and turn to the back and hand stitch.
    The binding is nicely filled; right now I like this wider proportion for quilts that'll get a lot of wear.
    If I were to do placemats for instance, I'd go less wide...but that's me.

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    I cut my binding 3 inches and I sew it all on my machine just like mhansen6. Its all what you are comfortable with.
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    I use 2 1/2 and a 3/8" seam allowance.

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    I use 3" also.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher View Post
    I cut mine 3" then fold in half. I like a double thickness for the binding. Makes bindings last longer. Do you all do the same?

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    I use a 3" binding for just about everything--I find it frames my quilts nicely, and is very easy to use.

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    I always use 2 1/4" binding. I just like the way it looks!!!!

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    For french binding I cut at 2 1/2 inch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arleners View Post
    I think what she meant by that is if there isn't an outer border, or it the border is pieced, the pattern is most likely designed giving a 1/4 inch allowance. If you cut a wider binding, and then sew a wider seam allowance, you would lose the outer edge of the pattern. If your outer border is a plain strip, it wouldn't make a difference

    Yes exactly. Thanks for clarifying.

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    2 1/4 for me too. Usually binding matches the border but sometimes w/do scrappy. Just like a little binding showing. Used to do 2 1/2 but too wide. Wish I was skinny like by bindings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraew View Post
    Lose points? Please explain. Thank you.
    losing points just refers to the points of stars or triangles that can be lopped off when making your seam just a bit too wide... it cuts off the tips of the points...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny View Post
    I like 2 1/4 " also. Sometimes I will make it more narrow - such as when I make a doll quilt or a tablerunner.
    Depends on the scale of the blocks.
    2 1\4 for me for large items and 2 to 1 3\4 for smaller items

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    For most projects I use 2 1/2 in. for my binding. For a small wall hanging or miniature quilt I would use 1 3/8 in. to finish out at 1/2 " binding.

    Just my preference.

    Susan

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    I always use 2 1/4" binding because when I use my leftover bindings on a scrappy quilt, they are already the same width!
    Brenda

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    I use 2 1/2".
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