How to Add a Faux Piped Border to Your Quilt

Do you remember the Swing Your Partner Quilt that I made a few months ago?  I did a Snail Trail block tutorial here.  The pattern was picked up by Connecting Threads (you can see a picture below.)

Swing Your Partner Quilt Kit offered by Connecting Threads

If you like that quilt, you can order a kit from Connecting Threads. They also sell the pattern.  If you would prefer to order it from your local quilt shop, they can order the pattern wholesale at QuiltWoman.

I did make a sample and it turned out wonderfully!  I wanted to do something special for the binding, so I asked my Facebook group for a little help.  They suggest a faux piped binding, also known as a flange.

I didn’t want to commit to the entire quilt without trying it out first, so I did a practice piece first.  You can see what I did in the pictures below.

I knew I wanted the outer binding to be red and the accent to be white, so I cut the red binding 1-3/4″ wide and the white binding 1-1/4″ wide.  My thinking was that when they were sewn together, the binding would be 2-1/2″ wide.

For the purposes of the practice piece, I only made a small section.  I liked what I saw, but if I hadn’t, I could have changed the size of the outer binding or the accent strip.  When I decided to do the entire quilt, I cut all the strips first and then mitered them end to end.  I cut off a 6″ piece of the white before I mitered those strips so that the miters for the two colors wouldn’t end up right next to each other.

I would recommend that you use a walking foot when sewing the two pieces of the binding strips together.  These are long, long seams and your feed dogs will tend to sew the bottom layer a touch faster.  That doesn’t usually matter, but on strips this long, you will be able to tell.

Here is my finished practice piece – it was a little larger than 2-1/2″ wide because I wasn’t very careful with my 1/4″ seam.  I cut it down to be exact.  I pressed the seam to the binding color, although I suppose you could open it if you preferred.

If you decide to press the seam to the accent color, your little flange will look more like piping as it will be filled with the seam allowance.   Try it both ways like I did so you can see what you like better.

A faux piped binding is sewn to the back, then flipped to the front to be secured.  Make sure you place the color you want on the outside along the cut edge of the quilt.  In my case, it was the red as shown above.

In the picture above, I have folded the accent piece up so it is along the cut edge and the seam is in the middle.   I sewed that section….

then flipped it up to look at it.

It looked good, so I wrapped it around the outside of the quilt.

I stitched in the ditch to hold it down.

It looked good!  I did experiment with using a specialty stitch from my machine on the white part, but I didn’t like it.  I suppose a double needle would have made an interesting effect, but I didn’t try it.

Sewing on a pieced binding  is the same as sewing on any binding.  Using a walking foot, you start sewing your 1/4″ seam roughly in the middle, leaving six inches or so of your binding strip unattached to the quilt.

When you get to the corner of the quilt stop stitching a 1/4″ from the edge.  Take your quilt off of your machine and flip the binding up.  Fold it back down on itself and keep sewing.

If you are going to add a hanging sleeve, now is the time to pin it in place.  You can sew the upper edge into the binding, making one seam do the work of two.  The bottom edge of the sleeve can be hand stitched in place.

Here is how you finish the binding (from a previous article)
1. Start by crossing the two binding ends over each other.  Cut one one end of the binding the width of the binding longer than the the other end. In my case, it was 2-1/2″.
2.Cross those two ends right sides together and draw a diagonal line. Try to do that in the middle of the two bindings so you have room to work.  Sew on the diagonal line.
3. AFTER you have checked to make sure you did it correctly, cut a 1/4″ seam.
4. Your binding will fit perfectly on your top.
5.  The Binding Miter Tool will help you finish this edge. (Amazon link)

And in my case…

Step One above

Step two above

Testing the seam before trimming.  (above) Sew it down, then trim the corner.  Don’t cut the seam!  (below)

Fold the binding around to the front of the quilt and pin it down.  Again using your walking foot, stitch in the ditch between the accent fabric and the binding fabric. In the picture below, I have pinned the folded border.  This part is always tricky.

Take your time and you will have a marvelous edge to your quilt!

Here is what the Swing Your Partner quilt looks like in our camping trailer.  (That is the Wreath and Garland on the wall.) Because the bed is king size, I turned it sideways and put it on top of a quilt that is upside down. I didn’t really plan on this being a Christmas quilt, but it does look festive, doesn’t it?

Red and Green quilt on a king sized bed

What you can’t really tell is that I sewed the binding down along the outer edge, so it didn’t have a three dimensional flange.  Here is a picture of one I did a while ago with a loose edge.  I think I like that one better.

Quilt Piped Binding Edges

Have you tried this method?  Which one did you like better?

Other Tutorials

How to make a Log Cabin Quilt

How to bind your quilt

Creating a three dimensional row for a row by row quilt

How to make a 3D Bow Tie  

How to make a Faux Cathedral Window (video)

How to make a Faux Braid

How to make a Snail Trail Block

How to make an Hourglass block

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Wreaths Across America

Small child placing a wreath on a veterans graveEach December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.  This year it is on December 15.

You can help by sponsoring a veterans’ wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local fundraising group.

This photo is of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC.  Photo credit to Angela Pan of Fairfax, VA, who took this picture at sunrise.

Vietnam Memorial Wall at Sunrise, showing a reflection of the Washington Monument

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Sew Help Me: Saving Money

Do you ever need help from another quilter?  Maybe figuring out how to put a block on point, or the best way to finish a binding.  Perhaps you just need a bit of inspiration or a nudge to finish that project.  Visit which links to a series of articles and videos by different authors.  You will find your answer there.

Save your money for quilt fabric! Here are great tips for using everyday items in original ways to save time and money in quilting.

Here are some more savings suggestions:

Yes, Amazon will be having their Black Friday Sale again.  But did you know they also have Warehouse or Open Box deals – basically, things that people returned, sold at an exceptional price.  It’s worth looking into.

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention the storefront: Yes, I earn a small commission on each sale but it does not cost you anything extra and it does help keep support this blog.

I am sure you have figured this out by now, but Amazon is not always the best place to buy something.  A lot of online stores have risen to the challenge and often offer better prices and faster shipping. For example:

    • Walmart offers free two-day shipping on millions of items when you spend a minimum of $35.  Prices are often the same or better on the same items.
    • Target typically offers free shipping on orders above $35, HOWEVER, for this holiday season (11/1/18 – 11/22/18) they have removed the minimum purchase restriction. Very good news for those that shop there! Their site had comparable prices on all but one of the items I checked.
    • Bed, Bath and Beyond has free shipping on orders over $39
    • Sears offers a cash back option, as does Kohls.

My favorite way to save

Quite honestly, is this one:

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

You just can’t beat getting that check in the mail, or deposit to your account for items you would have purchased anyway. And it works on sites that don’t typically give discounts, like Ebay and Blue Apron.

Do you have a favorite way to save, a site that you ALWAYS check first? Here are a couple more places you can try: - Create More, Spend Less


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