Adding a Flange Binding by Machine

Posted by Tracy Loyek on

Are you looking to add a unique touch to your quilt? Consider adding a two color flange binding! This technique adds a pop of color and visual interest to the edge of your quilt making it stand out from the rest. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of creating a two color flange binding for your quilt.

What is a flange binding?

Before we dive into the tutorial, let's first understand what a flange binding is. A flange bindiing involves sewing two colors of binding together so one "PEEKS" out from the main color. This strip of fabric creates a small, visible POP OF contrast color  around the quilt, giving it a unique and eye-catching look.    AND you can stitch it down by machine which is SO EASY and gives a durable finish.

Materials you will need:

Before you get started, gather the following materials:

  • Quilt top
  • Backing fabric
  • Batting
  • Two contrasting fabrics for the flange and binding
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins or sewing clips
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Scissors

Step-by-step tutorial:

Follow these steps to create a two color flange binding for your quilt:

Step 1: Prepare your quilt

Ensure that your quilt top is complete and ready for binding. Trim any excess batting and backing fabric so that all layers are even.

Step 2: Cut the flange and binding fabrics

Decide on the width of your flange and cut strips from your contrasting fabric accordingly. I like to use a combination of fabric to make a 2.5" strip so the binding fabric will be 1.5 inches wide and the POP OF COLOR flange will be just a bit bigger at 1.75"   You will sew the two pieces of fabric together with a quarter inch seam then press the long raw edges together to form the flange binding

Step 3: Sew the flange to the quilt top

Place the flange fabrics right sides together with the quilt top, aligning the raw edges. Make sure when you fold the binding over to the front the FLANGE Color is PEEKING out.  Sew a straight stitch along the edge (1.4" seam) securing the two color binding to the quilt top. Press the seam away from the quilt and then fold over to the top of the quilt mitering the corners as you go.  Give a good press and clip in place

You will THEN topstitch the binding to the top of the quilt by machine by stitching in the DITCH of the two colors.  This gives an invisible durable finish.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a two color flange binding for your quilt. Admire your work and enjoy the unique touch it adds to your quilt. Experiment with different color combinations and widths to create endless design possibilities. Happy quilting!    Love The KATZ Team


  • Do you have any of the fabric left that you used for sashing and borders on this quilt? It’s just stunning

    Mary Hebert on

  • Do you have any of the fabric left that you used for sashing and borders on this quilt? It’s just stunning

    Mary Hebert on

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