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## What is the best width for quilt binding?

Cut the binding strips to a width of 2.75”. This is my favorite width for double fold binding— not too narrow and not too wide but just right in my opinion. Cut the binding strips with a rotary cutter and quilting ruler just like you cut strips to make 9-patch blocks in my 9-patch quilt tutorial.

## How do you calculate bias binding?

Measure the edge(s) of your project that will be bound. For example, if you plan to sew bias binding around a quilt that measures 36″ x 36″, you can simply use a tape measure to measure each side. Or, in this case, you can simply multiply 36″ x 4, which equals 144″. You’ll need at least 144” of bias binding.

## How much material do I need for binding?

Divide the total perimeter by the usable width of the binding fabric – for most fabrics that’s 40″, but for extra-wides it could be up to 104″ – and round up to a whole number; this is the number of strips you’ll need to cut. Now multiply the number of strips by 2½ to get the quantity of fabric you need off the bolt.

## Should quilt binding be cut on the bias?

For a square quilt straight grain binding, meaning fabric strips cut cross grain or length-wise grain, will work well. If, however, you’re binding a quilt with curved edges, you’ll want to cut bias strips for your binding. The stretch in the bias makes it easier to maneuver the binding around the quilt’s curved edges.

## Do you bind quilt before quilting?

Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between. I usually machine quilt (or have someone else do it) my quilts these days.

## How do you calculate fabric for bias binding?

*The mathematical formula for this is: Multiply the number of inches around the quilt (the perimeter) by the width of your bias binding strips. Take the square root of that answer and add three inches. This is the probably the size of the square you need to cut for bias binding.

## How much fabric do I need for quilt binding?

The entire length of your binding should be equal to the perimeter of the quilt plus 15 to 20 inches. Using a Binding Tool makes the process even easier!

## How do I calculate how much material I need?

Figure out how much fabric you need with this formula:

- Width of fabric divided by width of one piece equals the number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number).
- Total number of pieces divided by number of pieces that fit into width equals number of rows you need.