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Date: 3/3/13 10:31 AM

I'm making a dog quilt and have gotten to the binding stage. I don't want to put a bias binding on, mostly because I think it may involve too much work. If I cut the binding on the straight of the grain and double it, will it be sturdy enough to endure a lot of washing?

The bedding part is rather thick because I doubled the batting before I stitched it all down in four-inch squares. This is why I'm having a tough time deciding what to do.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. As you can tell, I'm not a quilter; I'm just trying to rid myself of fabric that I don't want. Also, for some reason, dog blankets are in short supply at my SPCA where I volunteer.

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Date: 3/3/13 10:49 AM

You only really need bias binding when your edge is curved. For a straight edged quilt binding cut straight of grain will be fine!

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Date: 3/4/13 7:33 AM

Chris, good for you! Whether you are giving it to the SPCA or to your own lucky pooch, the dog quilt will be appreciated.

I think most people cut their bindings at 2 1/2" but since you have doubled the batting, I would think about cutting a 3" binding and doing a double fold binding as it is most durable. To make it easier to apply the binding, you might also consider sewing around the outside of the quilt at 1/8". That may make it easier to attach the binding at 1/4".

We'd love to see a pic once it's finished.

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Date: 3/4/13 9:03 AM

Way to go !!!!

Yes cut a FAT binding, I would do at least 3" - measure how fat your quilt sandwich is?

Begin sewing on the BACK of the quilt - Makes it easier to sew the front binding as I've learned.

I make a "V" shape in my 1st piece of binding skip sewing it until I "tuck" the other end of the binding in there. Flip over and you can then just zig zag over the front side! The Animals will (((((Love))))
you!

Save all my threads and soft scraps for cat and dog beds for our local shelter :-)

Congrats and do show photo's when your done!

:-Debbie

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Date: 3/4/13 9:48 AM

My quilt isn't anything special because I mostly wanted to use this one as a test quilt and learn as I go. The fabric is something I purchased from a quilt shop that went out of business. I can't imagine why I bought it, as it isn't at all pretty, but it is good quality fabric. I basically just folded my fabric in half and cut it at the fold and put the batting in between it and stitched rows four inches apart, up and down, which seems to be a good distance. Anyway, my finished quilt without binding is about 40 x 40 inches. It is nice and thick and my machine, a Bernina 150 plowed right over it with no trouble. I do hate how big that walking foot is though.

Thanks for the helpful advice from everyone.

I love working at my SPCA. My favorite job is laundry, mostly because it is very physical. I don't care for the clerical volunteer jobs as I had my fill of office work before I retired. Four hours of laundry will make you sleep like a baby that night. :biggrin:

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Date: 3/4/13 11:10 AM

Zig zag on the front side? That's a new one to me. What length and width do you use? Do you do it on all your quilts or just the ones for dogs?

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Date: 3/4/13 11:33 AM

Learn, I have seen pics online of quilts where people have used deco stitching along the binding edge as well....if done right it looks either pretty or cute, depending on what was wanted by the maker. I have to say I stick with straight stitching and thread that cannot be seen on the binding as much as possible so my mistakes won't show! HAHhahahaa...

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Date: 3/5/13 4:47 PM

Quote: Learn To Sew
Zig zag on the front side? That's a new one to me. What length and width do you use? Do you do it on all your quilts or just the ones for dogs?

Just for the animal quilts, so they won't try to eat the binding off hehhe

The others I straight line with matching thread then if I uhhh Wander off track, I go back with a pretty deco stitch to cover it up :-) not like they go into art shows anyway.

For the animals you want to quilt, zig zag down as much as possible due to claws, paw and chewing. Actually I think I pillow case more of mine and skip the binding... hmm another thought

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