Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ruffled Binding...So Easy!

I love ruffles so I went looking for EASY and different ways to add them to a quilt.
I found this method and really liked it.

Start by making yourself a nice pile of ruffles, enough to go around your quilt.
 I cut strips 3 1/2" wide and folded them over to make the ruffles.

Sew the ruffle to the back side of the quilt.

You'll need enough strips for binding to go around your quilt.
I cut strips that were 1 1/2" and 1 3/4"--it's better if you cut them 1 3/4" and 1".
Sew them together like this:

Match the long edges and iron flat to create the piping. Mine ended up
looking like this...I'd rather have wider piping and narrower flange.

Sew the binding strips with the piping side down.

Rounding the corners makes it look a little prettier.

Fold the binding/ruffle over the front edges of your quilt.
Top stitch between the piping and the flange in a
thread color that matches the back of your quilt.

Mine ended up looking like this because I cut my flange
strip too wide. It's okay, but a narrower flange would be better.

Here's my finished quilt. Nothing fancy. Not-so perfect. Not too big.
Just right for covering my lap and snuggling with my
puppies or Monkey Boys.

Our neighbor had a nest with two baby hummingbirds in it.
They are so tiny! That nest is kind of gross, though...ewwww!


  1. Wonderful quilt and tutorial. Love the bright it will be a favorite snuggle quilt with the Monkey Boys! Enjoy!

  2. Thanks for showing how to add a ruffle. Thanks also for the link. I actually like the wider flange on your quilt although the narrow flange looks good on her quilt. I am going to have to try this one sometime soon ... mine will likely be some variation of my own ... I am a hands-on learner ... :) Pat

  3. I've never seen a hummingbird nest before!! Great tutorial I always wanted to do one with a ruffle!!

  4. The ruffling of your quilt looks so complicated! You did a great job and it looks fantastic. Will you try it again?

  5. Love the idea of doing ruffles, was thinking of doing that on one of mine. I have done them before but it has been years and I might have a foot that does them, need to read my machine book, lol.


  6. cute! I may have to try this at some point for a girlie-girl pro bono quilt. So far there are no great-grands on my side of the family yet through 2 grands are married. My mom has been making wedding quilts ahead though! Maybe baby quilts will the great auntie's job.

  7. I love your ruffles! I'm nor ready to try that yet but someday. I'll practice on a placemat. I think the nest is cute not EWW. Many years ago I found a hummingbird nest in a bush very near the ground.I sort of birdiesat the nest because I was afraid something would get the babies.

  8. Very Cool!!!! I see ruffles in my future...thanks!

  9. I like your quilts very much because you did your job very efficiently thanks for the whole effort which you did for us.

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  10. Thanks for the tute! Ruffles really make it. Hope you're having a good summer!

  11. This is excellent! Thank you! My customer wanted a ruffle around the edge of a quilted object and I wasn’t sure how to do it! Thanks!!!


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