Utilize This Basic Strategy to Make Strips for Tying a Blanket
What is patchwork knitting and how is it made?
A quilt binding is a fabric that is used to cover the outer edges of a sandwich quilt — the top of the quilt, the batting and the lining – after the quilt is quilted. Strapping keeps the edges intact and can add another element to the design of the blanket. Sewing a binding on the edges of a patchwork quilt is one of the final stages of making a patchwork quilt.
The binding for a patchwork quilt can be made from a fabric that has already been used in the design, or from any other fabric suitable for the layout. The binding can be made from a single layer of fabric, but two layers (called a double binding) are much stronger.
The texture of the quilt fabric is best suited for knitting
Longitudinal strips for binding grain have threads that, as a rule, run quite straight along the entire length, where they run parallel to the edges of the quilt. If one thread loosens and breaks, it can cause the binding to break all over one side of the quilt, going as far as the weakened thread goes.
This scenario is likely to be a problem for quilts that are frequently used and washed; both actions result in the raw edges under the binding rubbing against the binding in an abrasive way.
Cross strips for strapping quilts are a good choice for most quilts. The transverse fibers are usually not perfectly straight, so there is less risk that the split will damage the entire side — most likely, it will travel a short distance and then stop when it hits the front or back of the blanket. The transverse strips for strapping the fibers are also elastic enough to wrap large bends on the outside of the blanket.
Oblique binding strips
The thread in the oblique strapping strips runs at an angle, so after sewing the strapping to the quilt, it moves at an angle from front to back. The tear would affect a fairly small area of the blanket edge, which would give you more time to repair. Learn how to make continuous strips for oblique strapping from a simple piece of fabric.
Oblique knitting is somewhat elastic, which makes it a good choice for blankets with tight bends and deep corners around the perimeter.
How to choose a fabric and a method of knitting a patchwork quilt
Think about choosing a fabric for strapping after the top of the quilt is assembled, because it is difficult to determine in advance what the fabric will look like until everything else is in place.
Place your blocks or the finished top of the patchwork quilt on a designer wall or other flat surface and glue strips of potential fabrics next to it for strapping. Step back. Do you like this image? Leave the room for a while and come back. Do you still like the look of the blanket? Browse through more fabrics until you are satisfied with the binding choice.
Select the binding width
If the quilt has no sides, the best choice is a binding sewn to the edges with a 1/4-inch seam, since this width corresponds to the 1/4-inch seam allowance that is provided for the edge of most quilt blocks. Sewing with a wider seam will cut off important design elements.
If the quilt has borders, it’s just as easy to use a binding that is 1/4 inch wide or already, because it doesn’t really matter how deep the seam is sewn inside to attach the binding.
Single binding strips
The binding in a single fold is made of a single layer of fabric, which is folded along the outer edge of the quilt. Leave it for miniatures or tapestries on the walls — the binding in one warehouse is not strong enough for blankets to be used on the bed.
The width of the binding strip is one time
2 times the width of the finished binding + 2 times the seam allowance — plus a little more
Binding in two folds
Sometimes called French binding, a double-fold binding is made by folding a long strip of fabric lengthwise to create two layers. An additional layer provides protection against wear. This is the best mating option for most quilters.
The width of the strip for binding in two folds
2 times the width of the finished binding + seam allowance X 2
Add a little extra insurance width to the formula. The extra width may cause the strapping to expand slightly onto the back of the quilt when it comes time to sew it into place, but this is a much better option than if it is not enough to close the seam used to attach it to the quilt sandwich.
Tips for knitting a patchwork quilt
Avoid most bindings that are sold in fabric stores in the form of sketches, because they are not durable enough to be used in a quilt.
Moda is one of the fabric manufacturers that sells oblique knitting in stock. It is sewn from fabrics of the same quality as on the bolt.
Your binding does not have to be sewn from the same fabric. Assemble the binding from as many different fabrics as you like to create a patchwork look.
Cut long transverse strips from a wide lining fabric to reduce the number of seams or eliminate them completely.
The extra width of the strapping is very useful when you use batting with a high loft.
How to make long strips for tying patchwork quilts
Calculate the length of the patchwork quilt binding
Measure your quilt along its top and along one side. Add two lengths together and multiply this figure by two. Add to the total 20 inches or so to determine how much strapping you will need to surround the quilt if you plan to use continuous strips and trim the corners.
Make continuous transverse strips for tying a patchwork quilt of granular material
Using the strip width defined earlier, cut the strips from edge to edge until you have cut enough fabric to exceed the required length. Do not connect the strips with straight seams at the ends, because this method creates a binding with seam allowances that run from the front of the blanket to the back in a straight line, which leads to too much volume in one place.
Use the following method to assemble a binding strip with allowances for diagonal seams distributed along the length of the finished binding.
Fold the two strips of fabric with the right sides together, perpendicular to each other, as shown in the picture, top left. The ends of the strips will overlap each other. Secure with a straight pin.
Mark the upper strip diagonally, starting and ending with a line in the inner corner where the two strips intersect. Sew the strips together along the marked line, in the picture in the middle.
Trim the excess fabric, leaving a seam allowance about 1/4 inch to the right of the seam line. Press the seam allowance so that it opens.
Cut off the small triangular protrusions that are at the ends of the seam allowance — they go beyond the sides of the strip.
Connect more strips until you get the length of strapping needed for your quilt.
Press the strip. Fold it in half lengthwise and press it down again if you make a strip folded in half.