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Difference Between a Border and Binding in a T-Shirt Quilt

Borders or Binding?

Baylor quilt, parts of a quilt
Baylor quilt, parts of a quilt with flannel backing.

Many times when someone is sending their tshirts in and ordering a quilt, they will ask ‘what fabric do you use for that outside border?”

OK,  the confusion comes because the customer does not understand the difference between the ‘binding’ and a ‘border’.  In this photo, we are also showing ‘sashing‘ and ‘backing‘ which are also parts of any real quilt.

Binding

Binding is the final step in the quilt-making process that encloses all of the raw edges of the three quilt layers (top, batting & backing) to make a beautiful finished quilt.

The binding is usually the same fabric as either the front border or the backing material.  It can be something totally different if you want to go for a color ‘pop’.

Borders

Borders are the strips of fabric that go around the outside of the quilt blocks.  There can be any number of borders.  T-Shirt Quilts of Texas is unique in that they offer TWO borders at no additional charge on their standard quilts.

We offer these options:

  • Sashing – This is the part that goes around the blocks  and the outer area of blocks.  Think of ‘window sashing’ .  In the photo, it is the white fabric.
  • Outer – This border is a generous 5 to 6 inch border that complements your t-shirts.  Again, no extra charge for this border.  Usually, this is the same fabric as the backing, but in this case, the customer opted to upgrade to a flannel backing.
  • Accent – Now this is an optional border.  It is a 1″ pop of color that we offer to make your quilt that much more special.  Think of a Harley-Davidson quilt without that extra ‘pop’ of orange color.  This is available with all of our quilts except for the “BASIC” style, which is a cost effective alternative.
  • Binding – This is that very outer fabric that encloses all the raw edges of a quilt.  Some folks call it a border, and ours is a ‘double fold” border, which means there are several layers of fabric in your binding.

For more terms used in making a tshirt quilt, check out this post: T-Shirt Quilt Terms Acronyms.

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Quilt Finishing

You have blocks or a partially finished quilt top that your mom or grandmother started. Let us finish it. We can do as little or as much work as you need. We have fabrics to create the backing, batting and will turn that little pile of memories into a finished quilt that you can display and treasure. Be sure to have a quilt label made for the back of the quilt!

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T-Shirt Quilt Makers Near Me – Is This The Best Option??

Looking for a T-Shirt Quilt Maker?

You typed in “T-Shirt Quilt Makers Near Me”. You may or may not have found great Google results for a tshirt quilt maker.

Several times this past week, I’ve heard the comment “oh, I’m so glad you are local, I wouldn’t want to put my tshirts in the mail”. While, we are fortunate to live outside of a huge metro area (Houston), I cringe a bit on the inside when hearing that. There are actually two issues here. Trusting the Post Office and not knowing anything about the t-shirt quilt maker.

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What is a T Shirt Quilt Do-Over?

blanket made from t shirts

You collected your t shirts over the years and finally decided to have a one of a kind quilt or blanket made from your treasured memories. You get your quilt back and you burst into tears. What happened? Maybe you sent it to some Etsy or Facebook vendor, your best friends’ mom, or (ahem), you tried to do it yourself. Doesn’t matter, you hate the quilt and you want a ‘do-over’.

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