Playing with Flange Bindings

I’ve been seeing posts on Pinterest lately about a binding method gals are calling a Faux Flange Binding. Some of the first links I followed didn’t give instructions. Playing around with dimensions, I came up with a size I like for a finished binding and flange. I’m calling this technique an “All-In-One Flange Binding” because it is not a faux flange – it really is a flange! And the technique combines the flange and binding together.

Here’s how I made the All-In-One Flange Binding -

Materials Needed

Two fabrics to coordinate with your finished quilted quilt top.

One fabric is for the binding, strips cut at  1  1/2” wide.

Coordinating fabric for the flange, strips cut at 2” wide.

(Instructions do not include yardage needed for binding. Consult your favorite binding chart or app for yardage needed.)

Cut the number of strips needed for the binding and flange for your size of quilt. Binding strips (blue in photo) are cut at  1  1/2” wide. Flange strips (rust in photo) are cut at 2” wide.
Sew together all binding strips end-to-end using a mitered seam for one long continuous strip. Do the same with the flange strips. Trim and press seams. (Flange strips shown in photo.)

Sew together the binding strip and the flange strip, side-by-side using a 1/4” seam allowance to make one long continuous strip. Press seam allowance towards darker fabric.

Press wrong sides together matching raw edges together. The flange fabric will be folded over onto the binding side of the strip with about 1/4” showing.
On the back of your prepared quilt, (quilted and squared up) sew binding side down using a generous 1/4” seam allowance. Leave about an 8” flap at the start and finish so you can miter finish your binding with your favorite method. A Walking Foot is helpful for this step.
Press binding over off the back of the quilt.

On the front of the quilt, press binding towards front of quilt, covering seam allowance. There will be about 1/2″ of binding fabric showing on the front with a 1/4″ flange.

Press a miter at each corner. Pin if necessary to hold binding in place.

Stitch in-the-ditch between the binding fabric and the flange fabric with thread coordinating with the flange fabric. (I used a rust for the top thread to match the flange, and a cream in the bobbin to match the quilt back.)

You will have about a 1/2” of binding fabric and a 1/4” flange showing on the front of your quilt.

Your quilt is complete with a flange to add a nice pop to your quilt! And it was all machine sewn! Quick and easy!


One Response to “Playing with Flange Bindings”

  1. Connie Says:

    I have done the flange binding on several small things and it is always fun to do! Thanks for sharing.
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