Making flange quilt binding is a great way of giving a delicate look to your border – it looks as though you have done something clever with your border, but in fact you just use two different fabrics in the binding. I have written before about making flange quilt binding, but I’ve been asked to give a more detailed explanation of how to make it.
I’ve used the bullseye quilt block and you can find instructions for it here.
Making flange quilt binding
I am using my normal double fold quilt binding, but just with a few adjustments. When making flange quilt binding you need to have different widths of two fabrics so that both the dark and light fabrics will show up. I have used 1.1/4″ strips of the dark fabric (blue) and 1.3/4″ strips of the light fabric (white). Sew these together along the length using a 1/4″ seam.
Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and then fold the strip in half along the length and press. One side of the binding will be all white and the other side will be both blue and white.
Joining strips of flange quilt binding
The strips of binding are joined together in the same way as for normal binding. Place two strips with right sides together and at right angles to each other.
Sew across the diagonal of the square formed where the two strips cross each other. Cut the excess triangle of fabric off about 1/4″ from the seam.
Sewing the quilt flange binding to the quilt
Place the binding on the back of the quilt with the white side showing and the blue/white side facing the quilt backing. Begin about half way down one side of the quilt and leave a trailing edge of about 6″ before you start sewing.
When you reach the corner of the quilt, form a mitred corner in the same way as you would for normal binding.
Continue sewing the binding to all edges of the quilt.
When you get back to the first edge of the quilt, you can join the two ends of binding by turning under a small hem on one side and tucking the other end of the binding inside it, but the binding is slightly more bulky than usual so you may wish to try this method which gives a diagonal join to the flange quilt binding ends.
The final join in the flange quilt binding
Stop sewing the binding to the quilt when you have a good 10″ or so gap between this final strip of binding and the beginning of the binding.
Open out the binding strips so that they are flat. On the right hand end, turn the corner down towards the quilt, finger press the fold. At this stage I usually mark a line along the fold line using fabric marker. Pass the left hand end of the binding over the right hand end and mark the point where they overlap. Turn up the corner of the left hand end of the binding up (away from the quilt) so that the fold line will follow the line of the fold in the other end of the binding. Finger press and then mark this line.
Bring the two marked lines together. This will mean that the two strips of binding will be at right hand angles to each other, just as they are when you join binding strips together. Make sure that the two marked lines are in line with each other and sew along the line. Trim the excess binding and finger press the seam open.
Now you can lay this section of binding back on the quilt and sew across the gap so that the flange quilt binding is now completely attached to the quilt. I’m sorry if this doesn’t seem very clear, but it’s incredibly difficult to describe with words – you may find the video will make it more clear.
Finishing the flange quilt binding
You can now flip the binding to the front of the quilt and hand sew it in place. You should have about 1/4″ of both white and blue showing on the front of the quilt, giving that delicate looking frame that only making flange quilt binding can give.
Here’s the video:
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