Want to spice up your quilt with a flanged or piped binding but you don't know how to make this professional look? It's easier than you think! Just follow the steps below, and you'll have a binding to die for - that includes NO hand stitching!
1: Choose your binding and flange color
The binding fabric is the one that wraps from the back to the front of the quilt - the one you'd typically think of as the binding. In our example photos below, the binding is black. The flange is the 1/8" wide pop of color that you see on the front of the quilt between the binding and the quilt top. Ours is white.
2: Cut your strips
I like 2 1/4" binding, so I cut the following:
Binding Fabric: 1 1/4" wide by necessary length (quilt diameter + 20")
Flange Fabric: 1 1/2" wide by necessary length
I know this seems backwards, but just stay with me here!
If you prefer a different width of binding, just take your preferred binding width, do a little math to cut your flange 1/4" wider than your binding strip, so that they total your preferred binding width plus 1/2".
3: Sew the binding and flange strips together
First, sew all of the binding strips together end to end, and all of the flange strips together end to end, and press the seams. Then, sew the flange to the binding fabric on a long edge, using a 1/4" seam (dirty sewing machine optional).
4: Press the bindingFirst, press the seam towards the binding fabric (regardless of color).
Now, fold the binding in half, raw edges together. Press again. Steam helps!
There's that pretty flange!
5: Sew the binding to the quilt back
Sew the binding to the BACK of your quilt first, binding color against your quilt back, using a scant 1/4" seam. You will see only the flange color during this step.
6. Sew the binding to the quilt front
Once the binding is completely sewn to the quilt back, flip the quilt. Now, you'll roll the binding over to the quilt top. Choose a top thread that matches your flange fabric and a bobbin that matches your backing fabric. Very carefully, while holding the binding tight to the quilt edge, you'll stitch the binding to the front of the quilt where the flange meets your binding fabric. Getting the needle right into that ditch is key for having your flange be - well - flange-y, but don't let your stitch line jump onto your binding fabric! Ideally, on the back, this stitch will fall onto your quilt backing, not onto the binding fabric on the quilt back.
And you're done! You may choose to iron your flange down - I finger-pressed mine up a little to show you the dimension of the flange.
Have fun making flanges!
Owner, Cary Quilting Company