Why does my quilt binding pucker?

Why does my quilt binding pucker?

When you try to work in a binding that is too long for the top, it will pucker. I never rely on the pattern for dimensions. The binding length might be affected if my final result is even slightly wrong. I always measure the quilt for the length of the binding. Then make sure I have enough strips left over for another project!

It's best to start by sewing together all your binding strips. Press them in half widthwise with wrong sides together and stitch along one edge. Leave a 3-4 inch opening at one end for turning later. Fold the binding up toward the wrong side about 1/4 inch past the stitching and press it in place. Topstitch around each binding strip, starting and stopping about 1/4 inch from the folded edge. This keeps the threads out of sight and prevents any stitches from showing when the binding is attached to the quilt.

Now comes the fun part: attaching the binding to the back of the quilt. Start by folding the raw edges of the binding down toward the back of the quilt. Overlap the ends by about 1/4 inch and stitch them together using a slip stitch. Continue stitching in this way until the entire binding edge is stitched down. Take care not to pull too tight or the thread will show when the binding is attached to the front of the quilt.

What size should a quilt binding be?

The size of the binding is dictated by the seam allowance used while sewing it on and how loosely or securely the binding is folded to the back. A 1/4" seam allowance is by far the most frequent; however, 3/8", 1/2", or 5/8" are also used on occasion.

Generally, the binding should be about 1/4" wide, but you can use whatever width you like as long as it fits within your seam allowance guidelines. There is no right or wrong side for the binding, so whichever way you prefer will work fine.

When deciding how tightly to fold the binding, think about how you plan to sew it on. If you're using a slip stitch, then a fairly loose fold works best because it doesn't need to be super tight to hold its position. But if you're going to be hand stitching the binding to the quilt, then you'll want to make sure there are no holes where the threads cross over each other. In this case, a tighter fold is needed to avoid these "little knots" that show when the quilt is washed.

Finally, consider the look you want for the bound edge. If you'd like it to blend in with the rest of the quilt, choose a color that matches or contrasts with the main part of the quilt. Or if you'd like more attention paid to it, go with a bolder choice such as a matching or contrasting color.

How do you finish a quilt without binding?

No more tying!

  1. That’s Right – You Can Make A Quilt Without Binding!
  2. Quilts that don’t require binding:
  3. Let’s Go Binding FREE!
  4. Press your backing fabric and place it right side up on top of your batting and then place your well-pressed quilt top face down on the backing fabric centered as well as possible.

How do you bind fabric?

Binding is wrapped

  1. Cut a strip of fabric 1 1/2 inches wide.
  2. Fold the binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
  3. Fold the lengthwise edges toward the center and press to form two more creases.
  4. Open up the binding.
  5. Wrap the binding along the raw edge, tucking the raw edge of the binding beneath.

How do you bind a two-sided quilt?

Bindings on both sides

  1. For a ½” binding, cut a 1″ strip from Fabric A and a 1½” strip from Fabric B.
  2. Fold Fabric B in half lengthwise and sew it to Fabric A, matching raw edges and using a ¼” seam.
  3. Sew the remaining raw edge of Fabric A to the edge of the quilt front, using a ¼” seam.
  4. Mitre corners and finish as usual.

Is cord binding stretchy?

This is an excellent intermediate bind-off that creates a circular ornamental column at the edge of the stitches to be tied off. The beautiful thing about this bind-off is that it's not just ornamental but also rather elastic. When you use cotton or linen thread, this bound-off piece will eventually become part of your rug if you want it to keep its shape.

Corded knitting uses this bind-off to join two pieces of knitting together. It looks nice and gives a finished feel to the end of the project. Like all knit stitches, corded knitting can be used to create a variety of shapes. You can make circles, triangles, and squares with it. Corded knitting is easy to learn and enjoy, so try it out!

Corded knitting was first popularized in America by Elizabeth Zimmermann and her book "Knitting Without Tears". This method simplifies knitting square holes. Instead of picking up both loops of each stitch, one loop is picked up for every other stitch. So instead of making 100 stitches, only 50 stitches are needed. This makes a much faster dishcloth to finish or even a small sweater!

Here is how corded knitting works: With two separate strands of yarn held together, make a slip knot with them. Then take one strand of yarn and wrap it around the index finger of your left hand twice.

About Article Author

Christina Fisher

Christina Fisher is an artist who loves to paint and draw. She also enjoys taking photos, especially of nature and people. Christina has been practicing her craft for over 10 years and she's never going to stop learning new things about art!


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