Binding Us Together

Love is the thread that will continue binding us together, just like the quilt binding on a quilt.

In a baby quilt the quilt binding is the last part that keeps those raw edges from showing and adds the finishing touches to your project.

There are numerous factors to consider when you are choosing the method of finishing the baby quilt.   Consider your time constraints, your skill level in sewing and quilting, and your preference in either handquilting or machine quilting of your quilt binding.  This quilt binding can have straight, irregular or curved edges.

A common type of quilt binding, bias binding, is made from strips cut on the bias or at a 45 degree angle to the straight grain of the fabric.  Bias quilt binding provides the stretch needed on curves. Strips are put together to provide the required length needed for the baby quilt.  Bias fold quilt bindings can be either doubled or single folded and used for all types of fabrics.  This method of binding is common for use in finishing a baby quilt due to its durability.

The single fold quilt binding is sewn to the quilt edge first.  The free side of the binding strip is then turned under ¼ inch and sewn in place by hand.  This binding can either be cut by a bias cut or a straight cut, not on the bias.   This type of quilt binding has little bulk and is a good choice for smaller baby quilts that will be used as wall hanging and will not require many launderings.  Also this type of binding is better to be sewn on baby quilts that have only straight edges.

Never treat the binding as an afterthought.   Chose the quilt binding that perfect for your almost completed baby compete to make it the treasure of a lifetime.

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