Traditional Quilt Binding

The final step that gives your project a professional finish.

binding infographic

We use binding on many projects here at Shadywood Quilts, and we always get lots of compliments about how nice it looks.

We also get a lot of questions about how we create our bindings. Actually, the infographic is our bindings in a nutshell. However, we have some additional suggestions on how to cut the binding fabrics, pressing, joining the ends and applying the binding to your project. Let me be the first to say that there is no 'one way' to do binding. I've been quilting since the late 1970's and have tried many different methods. What I'm going to talk about is what works for me.

First, a little bit of history. When I first started quilting, while I machine pieced the quilt tops, I hand-quilted everything, including the binding. Fast forward to 10 or so years ago, and I am working with several charity groups that make donation quilts for such great causes as Linus Project, Nursing Home (or Comfort) quilts, Quilts of Valor and so on. What we found is that applying the binding totally by machine produces better long-term results than hand finishing.


Straight Grain Binding

Cut width of bindingFabric needed to make binding lengths of:
  0 to 150" 150 to 200" 200 - 350" 350 - 450" 450-500"
1" 1/4 1/4 1/3 3/8 1/2
1 1/2" 1/4 1/3 1/2 5/8 5/8
2" 1/3 1/3 5/8 3/4 7/8
2 1/2" 1/3 1/2 3/4 1 1
3" 3/8 1/2 7/8 1 1/8 1 1/4
3 1/2" 1/2 5/8 1 1 1/4 1 1/3
4" 1/2 5/8 1 1/8 1 1/2 1 1/2
4 1/2" 5/8 2/3 1 1/4 1 5/8 1 3/4
5" 5/8 3/4 1 1/3 1 3/4 1 7/8

Cut width: How wide you are cutting the binding strips

How to calculate the amount of binding needed: The circumference of quilt is the measurement of all four sides of the quilt. That means Length +length + width +width. For example, a quilt measuring 60" x 70" would be 60 +60 + 70 +70 = 260 inches.