How to make double fold (French) binding

I took a break from the last bit of quilting on the Christmas table runner to make binding for it with this print:

binding fabric

I prefer double or French fold binding because with two layers, it’s sturdier than single fold, which should add to the quilt’s longevity. Double fold is also faster and easier to tack to the back because there is no raw edge to fold and press under as with single fold binding.

I also prefer straight grain (cut from width-of-fabric strips) versus bias binding. If I ever make a quilt with a scalloped border or any other type of curved edge, I’ll use bias binding.

The first step to computing the number of strips needed to make straight grain binding is to determine the total length of binding you need:

[(length + width) x 2] + 10

The extra 10 inches is needed for seam allowances, mitering and to give you enough to work with when joining the two ends.

Now take the total length and divide it by 40 to get the number of width-of-fabric strips to cut. For the table runner, I needed 150 inches of binding, so:

150 ÷ 40 = 3.75

It’s difficult to cut ¾ of a strip, so round up to four.

Now scroll through the photos below for a quick tutorial on how to make binding for your quilt.

binding strips

right angle

right angle pin

sew strips

ruler to trim

seam trimmed

Diagonal seams give a professional finish to the edge of your quilt.

Diagonal seams give a professional finish to the edge of your quilt.

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Try not to stretch or pull on the binding strip while pressing it in half.

Try not to stretch or pull on the binding strip while pressing it in half.

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