How to Make a Braided Border for a Quilt

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How to Make a Braided Border for a Quilt
Braided borders are made using the same technique used to braid hair. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Braiding is the process of interlacing three or more strands of a flexible material to create a pretty, interwoven pattern. A braided border adds the extra finishing touches to your quilt; it also neatens messy edges and prevents the quilt fabric from fraying. You can choose to use coloured strips of fabric, lace or rope to crate a braided border that complements the style of your quilt. All the materials required to create a braided border can be purchased from craft stores or online retailers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric, rope or lace
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Fabric glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure each side of the quilt and add together all of the measurements. Cut three thin strips of fabric, rope or lace that are each twice the length of the total measurement.

  2. 2

    Align the tops of the three pieces. Tie a single knot approximately 1 inch below the tops of the pieces. Cut a small strip of duct tape, and stick the top of the strands to your worktable.

  3. 3

    Separate the three strands so that they are each positioned vertically parallel to one another.

  4. 4

    Lift the strand of the left over the middle strand, so that it lies in the middle position. Lift the strand on the right side over the middle strand so that it now lies in the middle position. Pull the strand firmly to create a tight braid, or loosely to create a messy, loose braid. Repeat this braiding technique until you braid the desired length of quilt border.

  5. 5

    Apply a drop of fabric glue onto one of the strands at the bottom of the braid and glue it to another strand. Repeat with the remaining strand so that the bottom of the braid is securely held together. Remove the duct tape from the top of the strands. Trim off any excess strands with the scissors.

Tips and warnings

  • Attach the braided border to your quilt with a suitable fabric glue, or by machine or hand-sewing it.
  • Do not wash the quilt in a washing machine as it could cause the braided border to come loose -- instead hand-wash the quilt with a mild detergent solution.

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