How to Calculate How Much Fabric Needed For Binding

I am almost finished with the machine quilting on my nautical baby quilt. My friend’s daughter, who saw a nautical baby quilt, and requested the one I am making, had very little quilting on it. So I just stitched in the ditch. I would have added more quilting details, but what the client, or in this case the receiver wants, she gets.

The pattern came from my head. The squares I made were 5″ each, and the borders were 3″ each. At Pins and Needles on Friday, I auditioned a few fabrics for the binding.

This red fabric was the clear winner.

Backing fabric with red binding

Red binding next to border and a very small view of the front of the quilt

It made all the blues and yellows really pop. I generally pull something like this from my stash, and have always had more than enough. But not this time. And I love the way it pops the with the backing.

I don’t want to keep showing you the same quilt, until it is finished, so these partial photos will have to do. There is a little surprise I’m planning for the back. Stay tuned.

Lisa gave me a formula for figuring out how much yardage is needed for the binding, which I am happy to share. The given is that I prefer to use 2.5″ width strips to make bindings.

1. Add the measurements of all four sides of the perimeter. In this case it was 55 + 45 + 55 + 45 = 200. 

2. Add an extra 20″, which now makes the total 220″.

3. Divide the total inches by the WOF, width of fabric. In this case 45″.

4. 220″ divided by 45″ = 4.88″.

5.  It’s a good idea to always round up. So you would be cutting  5, 2.5″ strips for the binding.

Next post will be a book review of a wonderful, new machine quilting book that will go on sale at the beginning of September. I can’t wait to share this review with you. And the author and I are excited to offer a digital give-a-way!!

Linking up with http://latenightquilter.com/category/tips-and-tutorials-tuesday/ and http://www.freshlypieced.com/2015/08/wip-wednesday-refreshed.html

Happy Quilting!!

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  • Reply Kate August 27, 2015 at 2:25 am

    That skull fabric is so fun. Looks like it's going to be a bright and fun quilt. The red does really make those blues shine.

  • Reply Cheryl August 27, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Great way of calculating binding yardage. Robert Kaufman has a phone app that also calculates it, if you ever want to check your math.

  • Reply Julie August 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I think adding pirate fabric to a nautical quilt is pretty cool! That's not what I was thinking when I started reading down through your post. A twist on the typical is always fun! Looking forward to seeing progress, so don't think we get tired of seeing your WIP.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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