We’re already at step eight of the 10-step process of creating a Quilt to Give. I’ve appreciated your comments about this sew along project, knowing that many of you will make a quilt later this year. Whenever you have time to make and then donate a Quilt to Give, it will be received with great gratitude!

Add Borders

Adding borders to a quilt is much like stitching the columns together. There’s lots of straight stitching! Before the stitching step, the borders must be cut. The border sizes are not consistent.

1.   Cut the borders.

Twin Quilt with a single border: (Finished size 66″ x 88″)

  • Cut eight 3-1/4″ crosswise strips. (3/4 yd.)

Double Quilt with a double borders: (Finished size 80″ x 96″)

  • For inner border, cut eight 1-1/2″ crosswise strips. (1/3 yd.)
  • For outer border, cut eight 6-1/2″ crosswise strips. (1-1/2 yd.)

Queen Quilt with double borders: (Finished size 88″ x 92″)

  • For inner border, cut eight 1-1/2″ crosswise strips. (1/3 yd.)
  • For outer border, cut nine 5-1/2″ crosswise strips. (1-1/4 yd.)

King with double borders: (Finished size 102″ x 92″)

  • For inner border, cut nine 1-1/2″ crosswise strips. (3/8 yd.)
  • For outer border, cut ten 5-1/2″ crosswise strips. (1-1/4 yd.) Stitch the border lengths.

2.  Stitch the strips together to create the needed length.

  • Create four borders by joining two crosswise strips as shown below. For queen and king sizes, stitch three strips end to end to create the needed length. For additional information on borders, see Quilt with Confidence.
  • To save time, chain stitch pairs of fabric strips.


How to sew quilt borders



3.  Stitch the borders to the quilt top.

  • Align and pins single borders (twin) and inner border (double, queen, and king sizes) to the sides of the quilt.
  • Cut off excess length if applicable.
  • Stitch and press the seam allowances toward the border.

  • Align and pin single or inner borders to the top and lower edge of the quilt. Stitch and press the seam allowances toward the border. Cut off excess length if applicable.
  • Repeat the process for the outer borders.

4.  Give the quilt top a final pressing.

•          Lay the quilt flat until the next step!

Step nine is next. Here are the links to all the steps:

Step 1—Sort out fabrics from several stashes

Step 2—Cut column strips and center patchy strips 

Step 3—Stitch column lengths

Step 4—Stitch the patchy center columns

Step 5—Create the columns

Step 6—Piece the quilt top

Step 7—Audition borders

Step 8—Add borders

Step 9—Layer and quilt your creation

Step 10—Binding and labeling

Quilt for Others with “Quilt to Give” Learn how to set-up and organize a Quilt to Give Event.

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