Magic Binding with Flange
Someone had shared with me a post over a year ago for a “magic binding”. I had successfully used the technique on a charity quilt, posted about it, and then forgot it. A month ago a friend showed me a quilt she did with the technique and reminded me that I had written about it on my blog. Thanks Erin for the reminder.
Since I am currently finishing up a number of baby quilts and a number of Triangle Frenzy table toppers, this was a good opportunity for me to get caught up on my binding. So I thought I would re-share the technique, with a few more photos and suggestions for successfully creating this magic binding.
Step 1 - Calculate number of strips needed.
Measure the perimeter of the quilt. Divide by 40 and round up to the next whole number.
Step 3 – Combine binding and flange strips for one long strip of each.
Because I folded the strips before cutting the 45 degree angle, the strips will all interlock. If one side doesn’t work, flip to the other side when piecing.
Step 11 - Stitch in the ditch on the flange.
Change thread on the machine so the top thread matches the flange cover (dark blue) and the bottom thread matches the backing fabric or the quilting thread used for the back of the quilt (light blue in my example).
Here are a few additional Triangle Frenzy quilts with the Magic Binding. These were made using the Triangle Frenzy patterns by Bunnie Clealand and are a great way to use border fabrics.
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1/10/2015 02:48:13 am
Did you change your mind about the binding and the flange in the middle of the presentation? You cut the blue fabric 1 1/4" _for the binding, but when finished the blue shows as the flange. Which is it?
1/10/2015 05:35:00 am
You are absolutely correct. I have now fixed the post. The 1-1/4 should be the red and the 1-1/2 the blue.
1/10/2015 03:05:51 am
I have added a flange before but not like this. I'm printing it out because it looks super quick and easy. Thanks Kari!
1/10/2015 03:50:46 am
I'm confused!! At the beginning, you stated that the blue strips were for binding & the red for the flange, but in the pictures & later instructions it looks to me like the blue is the flange & the red is the binding. So are the measurements still the same, just reversed?? Is the binding color cut the narrower width & the flange color cut the wider width?
1/10/2015 05:37:10 am
The binding is cut with the narrow strip. My apologies the the confusion. I have now corrected the post. Thanks so much for letting me know.
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