Quilts are a great way to preserve the wonderful memories of your favorite fabric that you treasured in the past. Little scraps of your garments that you love but no longer use can be made into beautiful quilts.
Quilts are often the most treasured heirlooms in a family. Your handmade quilts will be some of the best gifts that you can give to your children and close friends.
A quilt is like a sandwich, it has layers to it- a top layer of fabric, a middle layer of batting, and a bottom layer of fabric. These layers are sewn together in various patterns to form a beautiful quilt.
Binding is the final step in quilt making. It involves covering the raw edges of the quilt sandwich to give it a good finish and protect the edges from wear and tear.
Many consider binding a quilt tedious. But if you put some time and effort, it is worth it. You’ll create a quilt with treasured memories that your family will cherish. The following section will dwell on some easy binding methods.
Continuous strip binding
This is a very popular way to bind quilts that are regularly handled and washed. The quilt’s edges are covered with two protective layers of fabric instead of one.
You can use a strip of fabric with interesting patterns to sew into the sides of the quilt sandwich.
The strip can be machine sewed on the front side and hand-stitched on the back. For quilts with curved edges, you can make bias binding instead.
For people who don’t care for hand-stitching the back, the machine binding method works as well. It is fast and easy.
No binding or the pillowcase method
This is one of the simplest ways to finish a quilt. All you need to do is simply sew around the edges of your quilt as if it were a giant pillowcase.
Leave an opening on one side and simply turn the “pillowcase” inside out. You just need to topstitch or blind stitch the open section closed. This method of binding is usually used to make doll quilts.
The backing fabric doubles as the quilt’s binding in this method. This method is less time consuming than creating fabric strip binding.
To self-bind, cut the backing fabric a couple of inches larger than the batting on all sides (as large as you want to show in front of the quilt). You then fold the edges of the backing fabric over the batting and stitch.
This method, however, is recommended only for those quilts that don’t see much use. That is because the binding is only one fabric layer thick. Too much use can make it wear out faster.
In this method, the quilt’s edges are finished with triangular, folded-fabric embellishments called “prairie points.” While they require more effort than ordinary strip binding, the prairie points can give your quilt a beautiful saw-toothed finish.
The folded triangles can be nested or overlapped. They can be spaced close together or widely depending on the quilt’s dimension. Let your imagination run riot, use triangles of different sizes and colors to wow your family and friends.
Ruffled bindings are great if you want a frilly, feminine finish to your quilt.
You can buy pre-folded ruffle binding strips to sew on to your quilt.
Select ruffled binding strips imaginatively to make an attractive quilt with frilly edges.
Quilt making is a great stress buster and a rewarding hobby. Many repurpose old fabrics to make attractive quilts. It gives you a chance to play around with various color combinations to create something that elicits fond memories. Play around with contrasting colors. Make it a leisurely and enjoyable activity.
Do not be disappointed if your first effort doesn’t come out well. You can always add extra layers and designs to an existing quilt to improve its appearance.
Once you start in earnest, you’ll get better at color choices and how different colors and patterns work together. You’ll also become better at fabric choices and different ways of binding your quilt.