The best way to make quilt binding is to cut the strips on the lengthwise grain of fabric. The reason is that the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvedge), is less stretchy than the crosswise grain of the fabric.
To cut binding on the Accuquilt GO die cutting system using the strip die, you will need to make two cuts with the rotary cutter and then use the strip die to make the remaining cuts. The advantage of using the die cutting system is that you get very accurate cuts. You will have to make adjustments to the number of strips to be able to use this on the Accuquilt GO Baby.
You can use the chart below to determine how much fabric you will need and the number of strips you will have to cut.
- The red numbers in the left column red numbers are the length of the binding needed for the quilt.
- The blue numbers in the top row are the amount of fabric needed for each binding.
- The black numbers in the rows are the number of strips needed from each amount of fabric.
There are two cuts you will make. The first is the lengthwise cut of fabric that you found on the chart.
The next is to cut strips from the lengthwise grain that are slightly larger than the width of the die blades. For the 2 1/2 inch strip die, this is 8-8 1/2 inches wide. A downloadable pdf can be found here.
Let me give you an example:
I need to make binding for a quilt that is 80 inches x 96 inches for a total of 352 inches. I want my binding to be 2 1/2 inches wide. I do not have to calculate the extra fabric needed for connecting the strips and mitering the corners of the binding because that is already included in the chart.
First, I read the chart and find 360 inches in red in the left column. I have used the first number higher than 352. I then read the row across and see that I can cut 10 strips from a piece of fabric that is 40 inches long to get a binding that is the correct length. In that same row, I see that I can cut 15 strips from a piece of fabric that is 26 inches long to get a binding that is the correct length. The difference is the number of strips that I will cut at each length of fabric. Think of this as reading a chart to find your size in pantyhose.