Carrie Nelson Explains Wide Binding! - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Carrie Nelson Explains Wide Binding!

There are hundreds of different ways to bind quilts, and goodness knows we have tried lots and lots of them! But when we saw Carrie Nelson post about her vintage-inspired wide binding on the Moda Fabrics blog, we had to try just one more method – and this one rises above the rise! With the wider width, the binding is more visible and becomes another strong design element in your quilt! We were so excited to have Carrie walk us through this technique. Her number one tip: remember to cut on the bias! We can’t wait to try this binding method on all of our projects.
Before we get started, let’s grab some of Carrie’s favorite notions to use while binding!
Now you’ve got everything that you need! Download our easy-to-follow chart to make sure that your sizing is correct, and watch this video to learn this technique!
See, now wasn’t that easy?! Remember to cut on the bias and give yourself more binding than you think you may need, just in case!
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  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I prefer wider binding, but have never tried this. My question–I've always read that double fold binding is better/stronger for larger quilts that will be washed and used. Will this hold up on larger, well used quilts? Or do you recommend it for smaller ones? Thanks!

  2. It seems to me that double fold binding would be more durable but someone explained to me that bias binding is much more durable because of the way the edge of the fabric has many threads wrapping over the edge of the quilt because it is on the bias. A plain binding has just a few threads of the fabric sitting on the quilt edge so the binding would show more wear as the wear would be concentrated on those few edge threads running along the edge and would tend to spread damage wider than on the bias where the fabric might have thousands of threads rolling over the edge of the quilt in its bias binding. This would tend to keep damage in a much smaller area. Gads, I hope that makes some kind of sense.

  3. Hi there!
    A wide binding can be made using double-fold binding. It does work – and it uses up a lot of fabric. The issue is that it just doesn't look as good because it isn't as flat and crisp. Even ironing doesn't help – we've tried that! 🙂

    It's also a case of it lays a bit flatter. But it also wears better. With the single layer of fabric, it will be less rounded on the edge, a harder fold. Hope this helps!

  4. Thanks for the video. Way back in the 90s when I lived in Austin and was a member of the Austin Area Quilt Guild , I was taught that method by my teacher , who at the time was Mary Beard . I see most Texas quilters using the same 90s tricks which I will always remember and be grateful for so much help I was given.. These women from the guild always gave above and beyond what was asked ..Thank you. Isabel Renbjor