An Introduction to Quilt Binding

from BERNINA’s WeAllSew Blog

Quilting encompasses a knowledge of a wide range of techniques and traditions. While most of the focus is usually on fabrics and the piecing of quilt blocks, it’s important not to overlook the binding! Binding plays a crucial role in not only finishing the quilt but also enhancing its overall appearance. The quilt binding serves a functional purpose of securing the edges. Binding also allows you to add a decorative touch. In this post, we’ll explore the different types of quilt binding and techniques to help you choose the best one for your next project.

Single fold quilt binding example

Single-Fold Quilt Binding

Single-fold binding is one of the simplest types of quilt binding. It involves using a single layer of fabric to encase the raw edges of the quilt. This method is quick and easy but might not be as durable as other types. It’s ideal for quilts that won’t receive heavy use, such as wall hangings or decorative pieces.

Double-Fold Quilt Binding

Double-fold binding is the most common type of quilt binding. It provides a clean and durable finish that can withstand regular use, making it perfect for quilts that will be washed frequently. This method creates a folded edge on both sides of the quilt.

Bias binding example
From BERNINA’s WeAllSew Blog

Bias Binding

Bias binding is a versatile option that is particularly useful for quilts with curved or scalloped edges. It’s made by cutting the binding strips on the bias (a 45-degree angle to the grain of the fabric). This allows the binding to stretch and flex around curves without puckering.

Flange binding example

Flange Binding

Flange binding, also known as faux piping, adds an attractive decorative element to your quilt. It involves sewing a contrasting fabric strip between the binding and the quilt, creating an additional frame.

Scrappy binding example

Scrappy Binding

Scrappy binding is a fun and creative way to finish a quilt. It involves sewing scraps or small leftover pieces of fabric to create one piece that will be cut into binding strips and applied in one of the ways described above. This type of binding adds a personal touch to your quilts, making each one truly one-of-a-kind.

Faced binding example
From BERNINA’s WeAllSew Blog

Faced Binding

Faced binding, also known as facing, is a quilt binding technique that is used as an alternative to the more traditional binding methods like single-fold or double-fold binding. It’s typically used in quilt designs where a clean, edge-to-edge finish without a visible binding strip is desired. The binding is not visible on the front of the quilt. The purpose of faced binding is to create a smooth and uninterrupted border around the quilt, giving it a more modern and frameless appearance.

Quilt binding is the finishing touch that shouldn’t be overlooked! Understanding the different types of quilt binding and the visual aesthetic they add to your project will allow for more creative possibilities. So, go ahead, try out different binding methods, and add a personal and artistic touch to your quilting. Two Chicks Quilting has a variety of binding tools too!

Stay tuned for more on binding as we’re developing videos about each of these types of finishes! Make sure you’re following us on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest as Julie will be sharing videos on Bias Binding, Hand Binding, Machine Binding, Flange Binding, and Facing vs Binding/How to Make Facing on a Quilt.

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