Quilt binding is an integral part of sewing one and cannot be left out. The binding plays the function of sealing the raw edges in the outer areas of the quilt to give a complete look.
It is also essential in batting and backing. It is among the final stages in the process of making a quilt and very intricate.
The binding can be made from fabric designs that have already been incorporated in the design or a completely different one that matches the layout of the piece.
A single layer of fabric can be used or double. The two-layer binding is the most commonly used since it is durable.
Before cutting the fabric to be used in binding, the grain alignment of the same must be established and a choice made on the type of fabric grain to go with. There are two standard options regarding this aspect.
The lengthwise grain is that which runs straight along the length of the fabric and parallel to the side of the quilt. This type of grain is not ideal for pieces that will be laundered often since the threads can easily be weakened.
The crosswise strip quilt binding requires cutting across the grain. This option is better than the lengthwise cut since less grain will be damaged when cutting. Causing damage to this type of strip binding is hard, making it the ideal option for long term use quilts.
After the fabric and the cutting methods have been settled on, it is time to decide on the measurements of the binding. The choice on the dimensions of the binding is subjected to personal preferences, but we have the recommended size that is advised by quilters.
So how wide should quilt binding be?
Single fold bind strips
For this variation, a single fold layer of fabric is used to design the binding. You must decide before cutting the fabric the width that you wish you binding to be with respect to the size of your quilt and the bulk of the material used.
The width then ought to be twice the size of the finished binding and an additional quarter an inch for seam allowance.
Twin fold bind strips
Also referred to as the French binding, the double fold option is an excellent choice for bulky quilts and those which will frequently be used. The procedure for cutting the fabric is similar to that of the Single fold type only that double layers are used for this option.
It is important to note that the seam allowance can be above quarter an inch. The choice on how wide to make the seam allowance is up to you.
The binding you make does not have to be from a single fabric. You can use different patterns to achieve your desired results.