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tnewman772 07-18-2021 07:29 AM

Wide binding
 
Hello all,

I would like to put a wide binding on a quilt - maybe 3/4-inch. I know how to do it, but I am wondering why all the tutorials for wide binding use single fold binding? Is it just to save fabric, or is there some other reason I am not thinking of? I think double fold binding would look better and also be easier. Thoughts?

Tartan 07-18-2021 07:38 AM

I also would do double fold binding in whatever width you want. A lot of vintage quilts just brought the backing fabric over to the front to bind. Some people also use the prepackaged satin binding for some quilts. Do what makes you happy!

juliasb 07-18-2021 08:19 AM

When I first started quilting I used a lot of wider bindings. I loved the flow of the bindings. I only used a single fold for them only because I didn't know how to do a double fold at the time. Do what ever you want to do there are no rights or wrong when it comes to the cut of your bindings. I have been quilting for more than 30 years now and still learn new techniques every day. You go for it.

Iceblossom 07-18-2021 08:21 AM

I typically use a wider than average binding, I prefer a twin and larger quilt to be cut at 3" and I have gone larger than that. I make a standard bias tube, then do the french fold technique with mitered corners.

I love the way striped fabric marches around the border when cut on bias and do that often.

edit:

Here's a Fons & Porter link showing the steps. You can make the binding however wide you want. Standard is 2.5 I think, that allows for a 1/2" finish.

https://www.quiltingdaily.com/how-to...uilting-daily/


tnewman772 07-18-2021 09:24 AM


Originally Posted by Iceblossom (Post 8496967)
I typically use a wider than average binding, I prefer a twin and larger quilt to be cut at 3" and I have gone larger than that. I make a standard bias tube, then do the french fold technique with mitered corners.

I love the way striped fabric marches around the border when cut on bias and do that often.

edit:

Here's a Fons & Porter link showing the steps. You can make the binding however wide you want. Standard is 2.5 I think, that allows for a 1/2" finish.

https://www.quiltingdaily.com/how-to...uilting-daily/


Thanks! That is how I typically do binding. But I am thinking to cut the strips at 4.5" to make 3/4-inch binding.

Gemm 07-18-2021 09:42 AM

Kate at the Last Homely House does a pieced binding on the straight-of-grain with a 4" starting width for one of her quilts. The video, like many of hers, is more of a comfy chat than a strictly focused tutorial, but you can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-BF6K_FRrE. Good luck!

Iceblossom 07-18-2021 11:15 AM

The math I get for .75 is (4*.75)+(2*.25) (seam allowance)

or 3+.5 = 3.5 = .75 binding

Try cutting a piece of paper and checking -- my mental stuff isn't as strong as it once was!

Onebyone 07-18-2021 11:45 AM

I use wide binding on many of my quilts. Wide binding to me is at least 1" inch finished but mostly 2" or more straight cut. The wide binding miters like butter, does not fray or look worn on the edge as many think. It adds so much more interest to the quiltt that already has a border, like a nice frame with mat.

bearisgray 07-18-2021 01:26 PM

The only reason I can think of for using single layer fabric for binding is to save fabric.

Way back when, scrap quilts were from scraps - and for some folks, cost was a major factor in how they were done.

Quiltwoman44 07-18-2021 01:45 PM

I love watching The Last Lonely House. I keep forgetting.


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