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French Braid: Two-Color Binding Instructions


French Braid designer Becky Cogan gave her quilt a two-color binding (one color on front and a second color on the back). She uses this technique when she doesn’t have enough fabric to coordinate with the front of her quilt or when the binding fabric that looks the best on the front of the quilt doesn’t look as good with the backing.


To make two-color binding that finishes a scant 3/8″ wide, complete the following steps:


From binding fabric that will show on quilt front, cut:

  • 7/8″-wide binding strips in number and length specified in French Braid instructions in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2013 issue

From binding fabric that will show on quilt back, cut:

  • 1-5/8″-wide binding strips in number and length specified in French Braid instructions in American Patchwork & Quilting April 2013 issue


1. Sew together 7/8″-wide strips with diagonal seams to make one continuous front binding strip. In same manner, join 1-5/8″-wide strips to make one continuous back binding strip.

2. With right sides together, join front and back binding strips on a pair of long edges with scant 1/4″ seam to make a pieced binding strip. Press seam toward darker print.

3. Fold pieced binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside. Sew pieced binding strip to quilt, placing front binding against quilt front.