My quilting journey began making lap quilts, bed quilts, quilts that are everyday usable quilts. As such, I was taught how to make a double-fold binding. It never occurred to me that there was any other style of binding. So as I transitioned into art quilts, I continued using the style I was taught. One day, through another quilt artist, I came upon what is called the single-fold binding.
I now questioned the use of the double-fold binding and became informed that double-fold binding is used for everyday quilts used as coverings because that makes them stronger; they hold up better to the tugging and pulling done to keep the quilt on our bodies. Single-fold bindings on everyday quilts tend to fray when used often.
Art quilts hang on a wall. As the purpose is to finish the quilt and add a design element, there is no need for the double-fold binding, unless it is used as a design element as I do for some quilts. A single-fold binding uses less fabric and is easier to manipulate.
Here is how I make a single-fold binding.
Begin by cutting the binding strips 1 1/2" wide. The inches needed to surround the quilt will remain the same. Sew the strips together in your preferred way. Fold one edge of the stripped binding over 1/4" and steam iron the entire length of the stripped binding.
Please share if you have another style of binding to use. I would love to increase my reservoir of binding types.
This is my Show & Tell. I look forward to receiving any photos you would like to share for Show & Tell.
Love and blessings,
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