FLANGE QUILT BINDING

Flange quilt binding

Flange quilt binding

Sometimes it’s fun to do something different with quilt binding.  Recently I challenged myself to make a small quilt with only two colours throughout.  Yes, I know that makes me sound pretty sad!

Everything went fine with the construction of the quilt top and the backing, but I ended up with one of the fabrics in the border of the quilt top and the other for the quilt backing.  Which fabric should I use for the quilt binding to provide a frame on both the back and the front of the quilt?

The obvious answer was to use both fabrics in the quilt binding, but it took me a while to come to this conclusion.  Then, of course, I had to ponder further because I had the choice of one colour each side, candy stripe quilting – there are always so many choices in quilting.

Making the flange quilt binding

Sew two strips of fabric together

Sew two strips of fabric together

In the end I decided to go with flange quilt binding because I haven’t shown that on the site before and it fitted exactly with how I wanted the quilt to look.

Usually I use 2.1/2″ quilt binding, so for the flange quilt binding I needed to have a total unsewn width of 3″ to allow for the seam allowance.  I began with 1.5/8″ width of the light fabric and 1.3/8″ of the dark.  This gave only a small amount of the light fabric showing so I opted for 1.3/4″ light fabric and 1.1/4″ dark fabric.  This game me exactly the contrast between the two quilt binding fabrics that I wanted, but it’s worth bearing in mind that you can vary the widths of the fabric strips if you are looking for a different effect.

Folded fabric strip for flange quilt binding

Folded fabric strip for flange quilt binding

So, using a 1/4″ seam and with right sides together, sew the light and dark strips together.  Press this double strip first on the wrong side with the seam allowance towards the dark fabric, then on the right side to make sure that your seam is flat.  Then fold the strip in half with wrong sides together and press again.  I know it’s a lot of pressing, but it really is worth it.  You should end up with a folded strip that is all light fabric on one side and dark and light fabric on the other side.

 

Sew the flange binding to the quilt

Leave a trailing end to the flange quilt binding

Leave a trailing end to the flange quilt binding

Stop sewing 1/4" before the quilt corner

Stop sewing 1/4″ before the quilt corner

Place the folded binding strip half way along one edge of the back of the quilt with the fold towards the middle of the quilt and all raw edges together.  Note that the side of the flange quilt binding that is on top is the light side and the two coloured side is against the quilt backing.  Begin sewing a few inches from the beginning of the binding, leaving a trailing end.  When you reach the corner of the quilt, finish sewing 1/4″ from the corner, backstitch and remove the quilt from the sewing machine.

Fold the binding away from the quilt

Fold the binding away from the quilt

Fold the flange quilt binding down along the quilt edge

Fold the flange quilt binding down along the quilt edge

Fold the flange quilt binding up away from the quilt backing and then fold down again following the next edge of the quilt backing.  Continue sewing from the corner of the quilt and contine attaching the quilt binding all round the quilt backing.  Continue sewing from the corner of the quilt and continue attaching the quilt binding all round the quilt backing.

 

When you arrive back where you began, stop sewing several inches away from the start of the quilt binding.  Fold under a small hem in one end and tuck the other end inside the fold.  Sew across the gap.

Flip the binding to the front

Flip the binding to the front

The flange quilt binding gives a lovely contrast

The flange quilt binding gives a lovely contrast

Flip the flange quilt binding to the front of the quilt and slipstitch in place.  The light fabric shows up beautifully against the dark fabric to give just the contrast that I had been hoping for.

 

 

The flange quilt binding on the back

The flange quilt binding on the back

 

Meanwhile the quilt backing is framed by the dark fabric.  I’m really pleased with the effect given by the flange quilt binding and now I can’t think why I don’t use it more often!

 

 

 

Place binding strips at right angles to each other

Place binding strips at right angles to each other

Two strips joined

Two strips joined

You will obviously need to join together lengths of flange quilt binding to get enough to go all round the quilt.  This is done in the same way as normal quilt binding.

Place the two ends of the fabric strips with right sides together at right angles to each other.  Check the photo to make sure that you have the strips the right way against each other.  Sew across the diagonal and trim the excess fabric 1/4″ from the seam line.  This will open up to give you a continuous strip of flange quilt binding.

Here’s the video:

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Comments

  1. Hello Rose, Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial. I have wanted to do this binding for ages and couldn’t get my head around it. You made it look so simple.

  2. Jan in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada says:

    Hi Rose,

    Need your help. For my baby quilts, I like to stitch in a ditch around the binding to lock down the edge so that the quilt will endure endless machine washings. My problem is that when I stitch, the front looks great, but as I move around the binding, the underside stitching shows through at some points. Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

    Jan

    • Hi Jan. There you have the reason that I always hand sew the binding in place. I find that it is much neater for just the reasons that you stated. Perhaps if you zigzagged then you could make a feature of the stitching. Having said that, I did read somewhere that someone did something that she said always worked for machine sewing the binding – I’ll come back to you if I can remember where I read it.

      • beeshebags says:

        Hi Rose, did you ever remember where you read about how to do the machine sewing of the binding and have it work all the time please?

        Hugs
        Naomi from
        Sth Australia

    • sasseym says:

      Hi jan
      I like to machine quilt my baby quilts sometimes as well. I stitch the binding on the back, then I iron the binding and stitch on the front of the quilt. What I find works best is to use a decorative stitch such as a curved zigzag as if is more forgiving than a regular zigzag. Adjust the stitch length and width. This always works and I don’t miss catching the binding at the back. my binding are 2 1/4 folded in half as this makes a snug binding and you attach the corners by mitering in the usual way. hope this helps

      • Hi sasseym. Thanks for the idea. I prefer to hand sew the binding on, but I’m sure that some quilters will be interested in your method. Best wishes, Rose.

  3. Rose. I love watching you on uyube. But that’s all I can do WATCH. I can not hear you could please start talking louder or put the mike closer.

  4. I love your show, but, you speak to low. I have a hard time hearing you. Please turn up your volume. Thank you. Sandy

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