Monday, May 11, 2009

Two-Color Binding Tutorial

In response to a couple of questions, here is how I did my 2-color binding. It seems tricky, but it's really very easy.

When I decided to make my table topper reversible, I realized I wanted the back to stay all yellow, but I didn't want a yellow binding for the front of the quilt. (I've always heard that a little yellow gives the quilt some "pop", but a yellow binding would have been too much for me.) Blue seemed to be the best color for the front, so that's what I chose.

This assumes you do as I do, which is to machine sew the binding to the front first, then hand stitch it to the back. The following directions will give you a 1/2" binding.

First, decide which is your front binding (the blue), and cut it 1 and 1/4" wide.
Then, cut the back binding fabric (yellow) 2 and 1/4" wide.

Stitch the two together with a 1/4" seam.

Fold your fabric in half, and sew the front binding (blue) to the front of the fabric, right sides together, using a 1/2" seam.

Then flip it over and stitch the back (yellow) down, checking frequently to make sure the seamline stays right in the middle.

If I've explained it clearly, you should now have a two-colored binding on your quilt.

If you keep the ratio the same, you should be able to figure out the measurements for a 1/4" binding if you want to.
(Personally, I hate math, so I'm quite happy with the 1/2 binding.)

Now, go wow your guild!


AnnieO said...

Love the two color binding idea. I hate math too! One of my "must have" quilting aids is a calculator! Thanks for figuring it all out in advance...:)

MightyMom said...

nope, donuts are out. big firm pillows are the order for the day. donuts apparently put INCREASED pressure on the operative area.....ahem.

Catherine said...

Great tutorial! Thank you -- I can't wait to try this!

Libby said...

*wow* I'm going to have to give that a try sometime - it looks great!

*karendianne. said...

Very clever. :)

Colleen said...

It works!!! I was short of fabric for my binding and was horribly disappointed but this was just the ticket!!! It came out perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Stephanie D. said...

Isn't that just the coolest thing? I'm ashamed to say I hadn't thought of this as a solution to an inadequate supply of binding fabric, but now that you've pointed it out, it IS the perfect solution! Thanks for the input!

Anonymous said...

Question: When one side of the quilt is navy,and the next side is white, and the corner borders are mitered, and you want the binding to meet in matching colors, how do you do this??? In other words,the blue border must have blue binding and the white must have white, but how can you meet in the corners? And then how to start the second side? I am very confused.

Anonymous said...

I meant to say that one BORDER is white and next adjoining border is navy, HOW do you continue the mitering in the binding?