I plan to show you my finished Double Wedding Ring Quilt on Saturday but decided to sneak in here and post the scalloped edge binding tutorial. Here is a sneak peek of my quilt. You can read the tips and tricks for making one HERE.
The quilt has a scalloped edge binding. Many people shy away from it but it’s really not hard at all. The trick to it is to cut your binding strips on the diagonal.
To do that, take your fabric, typically about 3/4 of a yard of fabric for a queen sized quilt and fold it on the diagonal as shown.
Line up the edge of your ruler on the fold and cut.
Now cut your strips as you normally would. For this I cut 2 1/2″ strips. By cutting on the diagonal, or bias, the strips have a give or spring to them allowing them to flex.
After cutting strips, I cut 10 for my quilt, I went to the machine and sewed the strips together like this…
Then it was time for a trip to the ironing board to press the seams and then press the binding in half. Sadly, I don’t have a Third Hand Binding Tool. I have grown to really love the tool. You can read the review about the Third Hand Binding Tool HERE. The only draw back with the tool is that you need one for whatever size you are cutting your strips at. Typically I cut my binding strips at 2 1/4″. These I cut at 2 1/2″ so…I need to but the 2 1/2″ size.
If you’re interested, you can order them HERE. Heather at Purple Hobbies has extended a discount code to my readers. If you type in JoSentMe (all one word) you get 20% off your entire order.
Me, I’m heading over to buy one for the 2 1/2″ size.
Back to the machine…for the most part, I attach the binding strips like any other binding strips.
I work to follow the curve of the scallop.
The tricky part is the inside of the scallop. I follow the curve in…then when I get to this point, I put the needle down.
I pivot a bit but also pull the quilt a bit to “straighten out the curve”.
Then I keep going all the way around following the curves….
and pivoting/straightening at in the inside of the scallop.
One it is all tacked down, I take a scissor and clip the inside of the scallop clipping through the binding, batting and backing fabric.
At this point you can hand sew the binding down but me…I used my machine.
I typically don’t pin anymore when I sew binding down. For a scallop, I do pin. The inside of the scallop in not hard to deal with all. Remember me telling you I straightened the curve to take the binding down. Sewing now, I do the same thing…I pivot slightly and again, straighten the curve.
It really isn’t hard. It’s just slow going…It took me about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish and a typical quilt only takes me about and hour or so to do.
Seeing the pretty scalloped edge makes it totally worth the extra time.
Patience is your friend in a project like this.
If you have questions, ask away…it really isn’t hard.