Learn how to create scrappy quilt binding like I did for my rainbow star mini quilt – a great way to use up the scraps from your quilt piecing.
Remember this Rainbow Star Mini Quilt I made last year? It is one of my favourite finishes from 2016 and is destined to hang in my entrance hall – as soon as I add the hanging loops! (Note to Self: You should do that later today.)
With all those gorgeous rainbow colours and lots of scraps, it was crying out for a scrappy rainbow binding. I love creating scrappy quilt binding. I often use up the extra fabric from the quilt itself in the backing or binding rather than adding those extra bits to my stash of fabric.
In this case, I used a rainbow batik jelly roll to create the quilt. The extra pieces of fabric were already 2.5″ wide – perfect for binding.
How to make Scrappy Binding
- Gather your scraps.
- Decide on the width of your binding. I usually use either 2″ or 2.5″ wide binding.
- Cut your scraps to the width you need.
- Decide whether you want all your scraps to be the same length or a variety of lengths. I cut mine all to the same length so that I would have a good mixture of colours from my quilt, but I have sometimes just used various lengths of each fabric. It just creates a different look.
- Trim scraps to length – if you decide to go that way – and make sure all the ends are straight across.
- Sew your scraps together into a long strip. Place two scraps right sides together and sew along the short side using a quarter-inch seam. Press the seam open. Add each scrap to the strip, being careful to always add them with right sides together as you sew.
- Lay your strip around your quilt to measure that you have it long enough. (Or use a measuring tape to measure your quilt if it is larger.) You need to have an overlap of at least a few inches for joining the binding.
- Fold the strip in half lengthways and press with the right side out.
- Join the binding to your quilt and finish.
Find my quilt binding tutorial here
Check out how I turn corners here
My rainbow jelly roll came in a QuiltyBox, a lovely box of goodies each month, and I highly recommend Craftsy online quilting classes if you want to learn more about quilting from your home. Click below to find out more.
Rhonda Cratty says
Fun and easy idea! Thanks, I will pin and give a try.
ruci napolioni says
i’m very interst to learn
Is the fabric for the scrappy binding cut on the cross.????
Tonya Grant says
Yes. I know some quilters like to cut their binding on the bias, but I never have. It is just a personal preference.
Can binding strips be cut along the length of a fabric?
Tonya Grant says
Yes you can