How To Make Your Own Striped Binding Quick and Easy

Great For Binding Up A Scrappy Quilt.

It’s fun to make up your own fabric for the quilt binding with left over strips and lengths of yardage. Using left overs from a project is perfect since the color cordinates are just right and brings all the colors of the quilt blocks together.


Debbie from Quilters Table worked out that to make 320″ of binding, you would need close to a yard of fabric which can be made up from four fat quarters. Debbie chose four fat quarters making sure the mix of colors would go well with the colors in her quilt, from which she cut 1 1/2 inch strips.

how to make your own quilt binding

Debbie explains how she sewed the strips at an angle:

Then I cut strips 1 1/2″ wide from each fat-quarter, angled one end at 45-degrees, and sewed them together, off-setting the angled ends just slightly. Here it is after a good pressing. This piece consists of half of my strips, measuring about 14×24″. It made 160″ of binding, or half of what I needed.

The right-hand edge got trimmed off and then I cut my normal 2″ strips diagonally across the pieced fabric.

striped binding to match a quilt

Stitch end to end to complete the binding. It looks great. Use this technique for any project for effect, and also to use up left over fabric. Take care while pressing as you are working with many biased edges.

Striped binding can add a little extra dimension to any quilt and can even be used to enhance the theme of the project. Using a striped binding in red and white using left over fabric created a Candy Cane binding for this holiday Pinwheel table runner by Katie from The Blue Chair. Or use any alternating colors of your choice.

how to make candy cane quilt binding

striped binding for holiday quilts


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