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.