My first Tutorial is on Double Colour Binding.
I love the effect the two colours have on my Quilts at the moment.
A SPLASH of COLOUR and an extra touch of design !!
Look how the two colours highlight the bright Pink and Orange in the border of this Quilt.
1/2 yard pink fabric (fabric seen on the back of your quilt)
1/2 yard orange fabric (fabric seen as the internal border of the binding)
cotton/ iron/ sewing machine/ rotary cutter and cutting board
Method to create 2 1/2″ binding (straight):
1. Cut strips of your fabric:
Pink fabric (back) : Cut 6 strips 1 1/4″ wide x WOF (Width of your fabric)
Orange fabric (internal): Cut 6 strips 1 3/4″ wide x WOF
2. Sew one of each colour strip to the other. You should have 6 strips looking like this
3. Iron flat, pressing the seam towards the backing colour (in this case Pink).
4. Joining the strips. Place two strips at Right Angles
Pin so that they don’t move. Draw a 45 degree line between two diagonal corners (as pictured). Make sure the line crosses where the middle seams cross as this will ensure a point to point match of the two strips.
Then sew along this line. Check that the points match as below, then cut the excess fabric to a 1/4″ seam.
5. Repeat step 4. until you have the length of continuous binding desired for your quilt. (Note: I have an app on my iPhone called Quiltcalc from Robert Kaufman that calculates the length of binding I need for a quilt – free to download too!)
Then press seam open and flat.
6. Then double the binding in half and press. So that it is ready to apply to the quilt when needed. I cut the end of the binding at 45 degrees and fold 1/4″ , so it has a neat finish on the quilt. (as pictured)
7. Roll the Binding into a ball and you have a beautiful roll of your own binding.
Note: I did not cut my strips on the Bias. You can, but it takes more fabric and is not needed to bind a square/rectangular quilt nicely with mitred corners.
The trick with applying this binding to your quilt: You need to machine sew it to the BACK of your quilt and hand sew the binding to the front of your quilt.
My next tutorial will show you how to attach your double colour binding to your gorgeous quilt.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. I’d love to see the colour combinations you come with !!