Quilt Binding

reunion baby quilt

The binding you choose for your quilt can make it look fabulous. There are lots of options though, so today I thought I’d gather some ideas and pictures to help you choose the best binding for your quilt.

Things to think about

The binding will be right around the edge of your quilt so you can think of it as a frame or edging. Do you want it to contrast or blend in? Do you want to pick up a particular fabric or colour from your quilt top, or a new fabric that works with the all the patchwork fabrics?

Perhaps you have an outer border in your design and you just want the binding to blend with that and make it slightly wider. You could use the same fabric for this.

Perhaps you want a fabric that contrasts with the outer border and creates a frame. An extra dark fabric or super light fabric could create that effect.

Perhaps there is a particular pattern in the quilt top that would look great as the border. I love stripes, but spots and chevrons can look great too. I often choose a small-scale print that looks almost like a plain, but I have seen large-scale prints look great too.

So really the options are endless! How to choose?

Take your quilt top into the fabric store and lay various fabrics beside it to “audition” them. You’ll soon rule out the ones you don’t like leaving you with the ones you like to pick from. Usually the assistants in fabric shops are more than happy to help you out and they usually have lots of experience and ideas. Let’s face it – it is your quilt so if you like the binding, that’s all that matters!

Some Quilt Bindings to Inspire

quilt boy boats water blue

The binding on this baby boy quilt was made from the left overs of the fabrics within the patchwork top. {via The Crafty Mummy}

 The orange binding on this one creates a lovely clear frame. {via The Cottage Mama}

The red binding on the Christmas Star Quilt echoes the inner border. {via The Crafty Mummy}

On this baby quilt, the binding is the same as the backing fabric, but is not a fabric used on the top piecing at all. {via The Crafty Mummy}

Here’s another quilt that uses the backing fabric for the binding from Talia {via Number 19}

Finally, did I mention I love stripes?! {via The Crafty Mummy}

I hope I’ve given you some ideas! Do you have a quilt with binding that you love? Pop over and share it with us on our Facebook page – we’d love to see it!

Tonya Grant (288 Posts)

Tonya is the voice behind TheCraftyMummy.com. She dabbles in lots of different crafts – patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet and sewing. She also writes about blogging and social media.


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