Sometimes a print fabric is just the right choice for a binding. The problem is envisioning what that fabric is going to look like as a binding. Prints have lots of possibilities especially if it has a distinct pattern or repeat. Here is how I look at my options!
I took a scrap piece of chipboard – any sturdy, heavyweight paper will do, or just a piece of paper in a pinch! I like the chipboard because I can use it over and over and it’s not apt to end up in the recycling bin by mistake! I cut a piece about 6″ x 15″. Then I cut out a slot a little less than 3/8″ the length of the board leaving about 1″ on each end. I chose this width because my binding ends up a little over 1/4″ on the front and you can always see the rolled edge. The best tool I have found for cutting chipboard: a rotary cutter with a blade that is reserved for paper – or a blade that you are ready to throw out.
I lay out the fabric that I am auditioning and move my window around varying the angles to see what I can find.
This Kaffe Fassett print would add plenty of color to a binding and would hide the seams well.
There aren’t a whole lot of variations with this fabric. However, it would add some interest to a binding without adding much color.
This herringbone has a lot of possibilities – careful cutting is the key. Chevrons work in a similar fashion.
These diamonds are a lot of fun!
If you want a specific pattern – like in the diamond – you can use chalk to mark the edge that you want closest to the quilt. Then cut 1/4″ from the edge. Then cut it to the width that you prefer.