Elevate your quilt project by adding a flange to your binding with just a few additional steps.
I'd like to show how you can create a flange for your quilt in addition to a binding in just a few easy steps.
Just in case you're wondering, a flange on a quilt is a thin insert of fabric that is folded in half length-wise and slipped between layers of a seam. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make an easier version of a flange- a faux flange if you will!
1) You'll need two strips of fabric. Here the red piece is the flange and the green piece is the binding. Just in case you want to know- these two colors create a complementary scheme (colors opposite on the color wheel). The flange strip needs to be 1 5/8" wide and the binding strip should measure 1 3/8" wide. If you'd like a wider flange increase the width to 1 3/4".
2) Sew the strips, right sides together, along the length using a 1/4" seam. (The length will be determined by the size of the quilt and/or the quilt pattern). Press towards the binding (the shorter width strip) as seen here on the back of this flange/binding.
3) Press the flange/binding in half with raw edges and wrong sides together along the length.
4) Sew the flange/binding to back side of your quilt with the flange facing out. Sew it on with mitered corners just as you would any quilt binding.
5) Bring the flange/binding around to the frontside of the quilt and sew it on by stitching in the ditch. It's recommended to use a color of thread to match the flange.
And you're done in 5 easy steps!
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Here's my 2¢ worth on creating faux flanges. If you’d like to chime in on flanges or binding please comment below.
P.S. Just thought I'd show you another red/green complementary color scheme.