Binding is the last step in completing a quilt. It serves the purpose of covering the raw edges of the quilt top, backing, and batting by encasing them.
The most common finishes of a quilt are bindings. Applied binding use additional material for the binding. It is not only how skillfully the edges of a quilt are finished that has a major influence of the quilt’s success but that final touch should also complements the top in both design and color. You should look at binding as an opportunity to make a final statement with fabric selection. Depending on the design, you may want the binding to stand out or fade into the quilt.
A number one go-to binding-fabric choice is a stripe. Stripes can be cut on the straight of grain for a different look and also be cut on the bias for a diagonal striped look. Cutting on the bias has other advantages than only the design. Here is a table that shows the pros & cons of straight of grain binding versus bias cut binding:
|Straight of grain||Bias cut|
|Easy to cut||A bit harder to cut|
|Limited waste||More waste if you don’t plan well|
|Less strength||More strength|
|Less stretch||More stretch|
|Straight sides only||Works beautiful with curves|
How much fabric to buy for a regular double fold binding (not biased cut)
The binding needs to be as long as the outside perimeter of your quilt plus a little bit for corners