CANDY STRIPE QUILT BINDING

Candy stripe quilt binding

Candy stripe quilt binding

 

Candy stripe quilt binding:  a pretty way of using two different colours in a binding is to make candy stripes.  I have used 2.1/2″ strips here, but you could make the strips smaller if you wanted a thinner candy stripe.

 

Making the candy strip quilt binding

Cut 2.1/2" strips of fabric

Cut 2.1/2″ strips of fabric

Sew together into panels of eight strips

Sew together into panels of eight strips

Take 2.1/2″ strips of two different fabrics – or as many fabrics as you want to use.  Sew the strips together along the length in pairs and then sew the pairs together to give a width of eight strips.  I don’t advise going wider than this as it becomes more difficult to manage when cutting.

 

 

Cut strips along the diagonal

Cut strips along the diagonal

Join the strips together

Join the strips together

Beginning in a corner, place your ruler so that it is the same distance from the corner on each edge.  Cut strips along this diagonal, measuring them at 2.1/2″ from top to bottom.  Don’t forget that this is not the same as 2.1/2″ along the edge because the edge is at a slant on the strips.

Join the strips together to make whatever length of candy stripe quilt binding you need for your quilt (length plus width times two plus a good 6″ for corners and joins).

Sewing candy stripe quilt binding to the quilt

Bind the quilt corners as usual

Bind the quilt corners as usual

Join the candy strip ends as normal

Join the candy stripe ends as normal

Fold in half along the length and press.  Beginning half way along a side of the quilt, place the folded binding along the edge with the fold towards the middle, all raw edges together.  Follow the usual rules for corners (see quilt binding if you are not sure), and continue to where you began stitching.

 

Completed candy stripe quilt binding

Completed candy stripe quilt binding

 

Join the ends of the candy stripe quilt binding as for normal quilt binding.  It gives a lovely, different look to your quilt.

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