Wrapped Binding

To make a Wrapped Binding, you will need batting and Timtex (or another type of stiff interfacing like Peltex or Fast2Fuse) and of course, a fused quilt top.

The first step in making a Wrapped Binding with a wavy edge is to  measure the quilt top. Stack the Timtex and batting (scrim side to Timtex) and cut them about 1″ smaller on each edge than the quilt top. (So if your quilt top measures 12″ x 14″ then the Timtex and batting will measure 10″ x 12″.) Then cut off an additional 1/2″ around each edge in a wavy manner. If you don’t want a wavy edge, then don’t trim off the 1/2″.

After the batting and Timtex are cut the same size and shape, open them up and mark at a corner where they match up.

Now center the batting onto the back side of the quilt. The non-scrim side of the batting should be touching the glue side of the fused quilt top. (Set the Timtex aside. Hand embroidery is done through the batting layer only. Later the Timtex is added behind the batting.) Note that the background fabric is about 1″ to 1 1/2″ larger than the batting on each edge.

Flip the quilt top and batting over and slip release paper underneath. The release paper is there to keep you from fusing the quilt top to the ironing surface.

Using a dry pressing cloth, steam set the quilt top to the batting for 10 seconds in each spot. Glide the iron, don’t place it or you will have iron shapes all over your quilt.

wrappedbinding1Add hand embroidery just through the batting and quilt top.

wrappedbinding2After all the hand work is done, place the Timtex onto the batting. Use the X mark made earlier to match them up.

wrappedbinding3At a corner, fold the fabric onto the Timtex. Press the corner into place onto the Timtex.

wrappedbinding4Repeat this at each corner.

wrappedbinding5Fold each edge up onto the Timtex and press into place.

Fill in the back with a collage of fused fabric scraps. This is called random acts of fusing!

To hang the quilt, add a small loop to the top.