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Machine Sewn Double Binding

By Pat Akers


This binding is wonderful for children’s quilts, quilts that would be laundered often, but not to be entered into a judged contest.  You could have your quilt marked down for not having the standard binding.


The standard measurement to go around a quilt is 2 ½ inches, but for this binding, the measurements are different.  (Fons & Porter binding tool is a nice way to learn how to have a nice result when connecting the two ends of the binding for your quilt.)


To find the number of binding strips you will need, the formula is to measure your quilt on all sides to find the total number of inches it takes to go around your quilt.


For example:  For a regular binding if a quilt measures 50” x 50” = 200” of strips.  This will take ½ yard of fabric, cutting 6 strips @ 2 ½ “.  (This is for a regular 40” wide fabric).


Fabric requirements and measurements for the Double BInding:

Two different fabrics, one should be whatever fabric you like for a binding, with a contrasting fabric for the “flange/piping piece”.  Two colors of thread, one for your bobbin and one to match the “flange” fabric.
Getting started:

  1. Cut the fabric for the flange piece in 2 inch strips.
  2. For the outside binding fabric, cut 1 ½” strips.
  3. Sew each of the 2” strips together to have enough to go all around your quilt.
  4. Sew the flange 1 ½” strips together to have enough to go all around your quilt.
  5. After sewing the strips into one long strip, you will sew these two together, making a double strip long enough to go around your quilt.
  6. Press this strip in half, pressing toward the 1 ½” piece.  (If you have purchase a “Honey Bun” Jelly Roll, 1 ½” strips, you can use this for your 1 ½” strip as a scrappy effect on your binding.  I use leftover strips for a fun looking binding.)
  7. The difference in putting this binding on your quilt is that you sew this binding on the “BACK” of your quilt and will bring the binding around to the front to sew it.
  8. Sew binding just as you would a regular binding, using whatever method you generally use and then when you turn your binding to the front to finish it, you will sew along the flange line with the same color as the fabric, with the bobbin thread the color of your backing.


Hugs and happy binding!

Pat Akers

La Plata Quilt Guild 2012

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