I am not a fan of handstitching binding and I think the fake piping flange adds a touch of "wow" to the finished product. I send my large quilts to a fablous long arm quilter who uses a similar 'fake piping' method to machine stitch the binding - I love her results but have not been able to duplicate them too well (ok and I was a bit of a lazy binder). An online friend gave me the strip measurements she was taught and I tried it and found my binding method of choice. I will not likely hand stitch binding again!
I promised this tutorial some time ago yet computer issues and other priorities prevented me from posting. I am demonstrating this technique at the April OCMQG meeting so if any of you make and sew your binding from these directions will you please leave me some feedback? Thanks!
These directions assume you already know how to do binding and if you do not Jaybird Quilts has a great tutorial.
Ok, so I *just* popped on over to Jaybird Quilts to make sure I had the link correct for her binding instructions and found another tutorial for what she calls Binding Flange. I noticed her technique is different but the result is just as lovely!
Here is how I make the binding:
- choose two different prints for your binding
- cut the outer edge 1 3/8 "
- cut the piping/flange piece 1 5/8"
- sew your strips together just like you would normal binding in one long strip (short end to short end RST)
- then sew them strips together to create your 2.5 inch binding (long ends RST)
- press your biding in 1/2 wrong sides together
- now sew the binding onto the BACK of your quilt with the piping print showing (facing up), sew as you normally would (I am using a white piece of paper in this picture which represents a finished quilt top)
- when you flip the binding over the front of the quilt (white sheet of paper in this case) you can see the bit of piping showing. you will want to use thread to match that piping and sew down your binding from the front. stitch in the ditch if you can but as long as you stitch in that piping it will look awesome!