The photo above features a couple of our important furry friends who like to help out in the studio, especially when the testing of soft blankets and pillows is needed. 220″ of bias x 3″ wide = 660 / 42″ wide fabric = 15.72″ / 36 = 0.436 yards; Example: 325″ bias x 2″ wide = 650 = 25.49″ or 26″ square of fabric; 150″ bias x 3″ wide = 450 = 21.21″ or 22″ square of fabric; Example: Congratulations! It will go a looooong way, thank you! I have never-ever heard of that technique before. *giggle* ooh, can’t wait. Place your fabric down in front of you with the RIGHT side of the fabric FACING UP. You will notice that the lines are going in different directions, and you want them to intersect 1/4 inches down from the fabric edge. How lucky for me! I love it too!!! However, sometimes it take some time (and lots of wasted fabric) to make diagonal cuts into your fabric. Not sure if anyone else figured it out for you already, but you were wondering if there is a mathmatical way to figure out the length of bias tape you will get from a given sized square. Now practice it a few more times……and then you’ll use this technique every single time! Cut 1″ wide strips. So awesome! I used a 12″ square and I have 7 seams. Next: you draw lines parallel with the bias edge – at the desired distance (the width of your binding). Pay attention here: the new shape MUST be a parallelogram (the bias edges must be parallel). Now I understand. Thank you for such clear instructions. You made it easy and while it all helped, the simple x’s and o’s made it possible for me. The result was perfect! When I made Dorothy’s costume from the wizard of Oz the instructions for this technique were in the pattern but nothing as clear or precise as your instructions and photos! This is a WONDERFUL tutorial! Just lately I have tried from another tute I had found but just couldn’t get it right. I’m ready to go make some bias tape to use on my daughter’s summer wardrobe! Hey, Ashley, this is fabulous. You, madam, are a genius! Or at all? And just to make it a little more clear, an 8 inch square will produce about 29 inches of 2-inch wide Bias Tape…..with only 2 seams. Thank you. Okay, now you want to start making some lines on your fabric. If you keep the sides even, you will see that the drawn lines actually line up with each other. Using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler makes the process of cutting your bias strips quick and easy. Step 5. Ashley your brilliant, I’ve always wondered how to do this, you put so much work in to it thank you, beautiful clear pictures and detailed script, I’m loving it. That’s what you want. Of course, like anything, there are pros and cons to each type of binding. Cut your fabric square (whatever size you’re needing) making sure that it’s an actual square, with 90 degree corners. Depending on the width you want your bias is the width of the strips you are going to markdown. :-) Drawing a line at 1/4″ from the edge just make it even better. Using our experience, we captured what we feel is the best of the bunch: a single set of steps that provides a clear and simple approach. Binding, whether straight or bias, is ideal for covering the raw edges while creating a decorative finish at the same time. I’ll have to seam rip and resew. I got so excited when I realized what this was about! Thank you Ashley! Thanks! Soooo… what is continuous bias binding? If you like making your own bias tape, you’ll love this. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but large creases can give your strips jagged, inconsistent edges. Soooo satisfying. Take the square root of that answer and add two inches. It’s pretty cool! Now that I have the bias tape I hope the project I want to use it on goes well too. Cameron, Hahaha…….how cute are you! It’s a little bit like the ancient art of origami. DOH. NOTE: We’re using a plain fabric and a permanent marker so you can clearly see the marking steps. True Bias Calvin Wrap Dress and Top – MODICUM, Cara Dune cosplay tutorial: Cara Dune Belt – Test Mega Coven Art Test, TEST – Cara Dune cosplay tutorial: Cara Dune Belt – Mega Coven Art, Miss Wigglyhead Gets a New Bathrobe and Spends the Day at the Spa. You did the single best tutorial I’ve ever seen on this method. I will definitely use this. I overshot by ~100" simply because I didn't do the math in advance. We have two great how-to articles on binding in general: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making and Attaching and A Complete Step-by-Step for Binding Quilts & Throws. And yep, it’s all cut on the bias — SO COOL, RIGHT?? Continue to mark in this matter across the entire parallelogram. This is so cool. I am bookmarking this for EVER! That made it really easy to see that the lines were matching. I’ve been avidly reading your blog while making newborn projects so also wanted to thank you for all your posts! Wait- the last pinned part, do you sew it, or just iron it open after pinning it? So annoying. Super cool! It will feel a bit awkward since the fabric is shifted and cut at angles…but do your best to line up these edges with each other. Here’s how to make continuous binding using a square of fabric sewn with 2 simple seams: Oh my! This is so great. The bars are made from metal or heat-resistant plastic and are usually available in a pack of different widths. Ups sorry did that twice by mistake , meant to comment I totally agree with what you wrote Athena. Start cutting the bias tape strips from one end ( the extended not stitched end) . (We put a light behind our fabric in the photo below so you can see what we’re talking about.). You explained every thought process that goes into doing this perfectly. Thank you very much. And then do your best to iron this seam open….trying to not add any extra extra creases to your fabric. That’s okay…..just trim it off. When you posted about making binding for your kids quilts AGES ago on the straight I wanted to show you this simple technique! Home > Techniques > Intermediate Sewing > How to Make Continuous Bias Binding. In this article, we’re continuing our journey down the binding path to a “sub-set” technique called: continuous bias binding. 3. Mark the selvage edge (s) on the back of your fabric (I used a series of “x”s) then trim off the selvage. Thank you so much for sharing. Once you’ve done the “fabric math” (using our tutorial or your own experienced brain power)… onward we go to continuous bias binding. Read on to find out more about the entire team and the philosophy behind our inspiring sewing tutorials – each designed to result in items you’ll be proud to keep, display, and use; give as gifts; or even sell. I managed to follow the directions just fine but must have turned the piece inside out at one stage… Ended up with seams not facing the same way after I cut it! Oh good……I’m so glad this cleared up the confusion. Simply stated, it’s a technique for pre-sewing bias binding strips before you actually cut them. Step 4: You have (2) remaining triangles – one big and one little. Sew strips together on the marked line, middle illustration. We need a half yard of a 40" wide usable WOF to make the needed continuous bias binding. *Sew4Home reserves the right to restrict comments that don’t relate to the article, contain profanity, personal attacks or promote personal or other business. If you review continuous bias binding methods in quilt books, as well as on websites and blogs, you’ll find a few variations in the actual steps for the technique. It gives you all the handy formulas, tips, and techniques for the four key steps outlined in its title, discusses single fold versus double fold, and lists the tools to have on hand. I now feel confident that I can successfully create continuous strips of bias tape! Ashley, I have never seen this before. (In fact, if you type “Bias Tape” into my search bar up in the upper right hand corner, a bunch of project will pop up that I have created using Bias Tape.). Wow! And this, of course, depends on what kind of project you are going to sew your bias tape on.. On a general rule, for double folded bias tape you have to use 4 times the width you want to end up with. thank you for showing this tutorial step by step and the mistakes I’ve been doing every time i try it! I don’t do sewing projects often because I am not good at it and get discouraged. The very last line on both sides, will line up with the fabric edge below it. Now I’ll have to make another quilt to use the extra 140″. You'll be convinced! I am re-embracing my sewing machine and trying to make a skirt… I would like to add piping so this tutorial and your piping one are great! Today I want to show you my favorite way of making continuous bias binding. Hahaha…..I knew some would think that! UGH! COPYRIGHT © 2009-2021 Sew4Home LLC:  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. I can’t believe that only a 14″ square will make almost the same amount I’ve been buying in the store. I shall find a square of suitable fabric and give it a whirl. 344! Once you have the first pin in place, the rest of the lines should be easy to pin. Just discovered your site and it’s so useful! Sorry, someone above just pointed that out…’s all fixed! Oh, you’re right!! Then mark an X at the very top of the fabric and the very bottom of the fabric……and then an O on the right side of the fabric and the left side. Bias binding, which is traditionally cut at a 45˚angle, is stronger and more durable than straight grain binding, and is pliable (due to the stretch of the bias), allowing it to go more smoothly around all kinds of shapes – especially curves. Now, in order to have one continuous line once you turn the fabric right side out, you must be sure that the two lines are intersecting (where the red arrow is pointing down below) right at 1/4 inch down from the top edge. First, decide how long of a 2 inch wide bias cut strip you need. Even asked Hubby to help me and it took us ages to figure it out. I cut mine 8 1/2 square abd only was able to make three 2 inch lines and now I’m stuck on the step where I am suppose to line them up. Start … I’m most excited that I don’t use so much fabric anymore. Brilliant! Thank you for the time you spend on this post. Straight grain binding uses less fabric and is quick and easy to make. I was actually directed to another website but found your when I searched Google for it. The Quilting Company has a nice size-of-square to bias-binding length conversion […], […] cut your bias strips by following the tutorial at very very much..i’m english not perfect..excuse me.. cristina. However, it requires more fabric and is a little more challenging to make. No one had mentioned the lines crossing 1/4 inch from the edge. :). What you want to do is pull the upper triangle tip on the left and pull it slightly over to the left….and then pull the lower triangle tip over on the right, and pull it slightly over to the right. 360″ of bias x 4 1/2″ wide = 1620 ÷ 42″ wide fabric = 38.57″ ÷ 36 = 1.07 yards of fabric. The best way to understand it is to just show you. I have always wanted to try this to save on fabric. (Need help cutting your fabric perfectly straight??). 3. Now, be sure that you are making lines that are PARALLEL to the longer edges of your parallelogram…..and use your ruler to draw lines that are 2 inches apart. Ashley! This is probably one of the greatest tips I’ve found. Cut from the middle of the edge, towards the far corner of the first left edge piece. It has the most stretch, so it distorts easily. 8 will definitely give this a try!!! Then, fold the two longer tips back into towards the center, creating a square shape. Continue marking the strips until you reach the top right corner on the other end of the fabric. I […]. Ashley – I have never heard of this technique! I tried last weekend and somehow screwed it up, but attempt number two with your instructions worked like a charm. I have never really figured out bias tape – and even when I tried, it was so annoying to piece everything together. Now, cut along the diagonal line you made. That’s why I included that disclaimer at the top about all the pictures but once you see it all, a light switches on, right?? For more information, download the … Turn right side facing up…..and you can see you have a nice parallelogram. Now, keep those lines shifted over one line and lined up and grab the two edges of fabric and try to force that edge to face each other, with right sides together. However, you did not leave anything to guess. Working from left to right, mark the pre-determined width of your. When you reach an end, the very last line will intersect with the edge of the fabric. Now join the short sides , right sides together. Carefully place the “B” triangle to one side. But after you have made this a time or two (and wrap your brain around how it works), you will whip bias tape out in minutes. this is great!!! If you have excess width at the end that does not equal the cut width of your. Keep pulling until the lines have all shifted over one line….and re-aligned with the next line. Ah ha…. I’m 70, been sewing since I was 14, and just made my first try at your method and could not be more pleased. I have never seen this technique before. How to make bias strips with a bias maker. Ever. Place the pieces right sides together, aligning the … Just be sure that the layers of fabric are arranged so that both tips are hanging over the same amount. YAY! Thank you!. I’ve been confused about which side to mark after cutting the diagonal, and then matched the drawn lines at the 1/4 inch mark. This is pretty clever for getting continuous bias out of a small piece of fabric, and the directions are wonderfully clear. I sometimes wonder….haha! I was sooo sure I was doing it wrong but…. Once you have it all cut in a continuous loop, use a bias tape maker to complete the process. 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Place the biased edge straight up and down. !” right now. I have looked at so many tutorials on making continuous bias strips. Thank you, again, so much. First time!!! I LOVE this! Hi Ashley, Thank you sooo much for that tutorial. If you look closely, when you match up the numbered points, the drawn lines create an “X”. The fact that you marked the x and o side. Thanks again. I can't use that for cording! I’ll toss another “thank-you” onto your growing pile! Just be sure that the final line intersects with the edge of the fabric, 1/4 inch down from the top edge…..just the same way as the others. Thank you for this post! Thank you for posting such great ideas and easy to follow instructions! Before we get started……there are a lot of pictures below, to help illustrate how this works. Carefully flip over the “A” triangle so it is now right side up. Place your clear ruler across the shorter area of the rectangle so that it is about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) from the edge. Now, if I could just get someone to explain the “traditional Chinese pants” made of two squares of fabric at OfDreamsAndSeams…, Ingenious! Moving to the right, we see that a 1/4 yard yields 168"—not enough. but once this all ‘clicked’ i can see how really easy this is!!! This has so many, and they go in different directions within 2 inches of each other! We have a new grand daughter I’m getting to sew for and I will be using tons of bias tape! Move the top edge of the left side up ¼” so that the left sides top edge is slightly off with the line of the right side. Our custom S4H patterns appeal to all levels of sewers with easy to understand instructions and gorgeous photography. This is necessary in order to cut strips in one piece all the way through. Thank you so much for a very clear illustration and instruction. I make large quilts so no more tiny seams for me, virtual hug. Yep… start with zero along the top. This looks very clear now. A standard package of Bias Tape usually has 3 yards of length, which is 108 inches…….so a 14 inch square produces almost the same amount. 2. And once you do that, the spot where the lines end on the very edge of the fabric, won’t line up with each other. These will be your guides for matching up the fabric later on. Insecurities aside, I did as you said and it is perfect! What I did to resolve that was to iron a 1/4″ fold on either end. Try a 14.5 inch square first…’s a great size to practice on! Thank you so much. You may also want to show how you can do this with yardage! So if I start with a 54″ square, and want 2″ wide strips, how many inches will I end up with? Then do the same offsetting trick as above, so that the lines you drew on the fabric form a “spring” in 3D space. Below you'll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. I now am ready to start making my own bias tapes! Looking forward to making strips out of my fabric scraps. I need more than the 190″ you said we could get from a 14 1/2″-square making the tape 2″ wide. Very clear tutorial on bias making. thank you. This time I followed yours, but I did one extra step. Wow! This is so cool. Because of the stretch, continuous bias strips are a must-have for curved binding and appliqué. Does that sound correct? Place triangle “B” on top of triangle “A” so they are right sides together and the bias cut edges form an “X” as shown in the photo below. Sewing is a continually evolving art. And because it’s cut on the bias, it’s a bit stretchier and more flexible. Your words and your pics are the best tutorial I’ve seen. Now I understand about the 1/4 seaming. Your tute is excellent, thank you! Thanks so much from The Brod Abode in Texas. :). The edge that you just cut has four layers, and that is now the straight edge where you can start cutting strips. I learnt this version of bias binding many years ago but your photos and explanations make it even more accurate! That looks amazing! I want to go try this right now! Thank you so much far the clear instructions and the well laid out pictures that made this so much easier to understand. With right sides together, match lines with … If you place it down in front of you, you’ll see that your drawn lines are now making one continuous line. The pictures and downloads are fantastic! Thank you so much. Offset the drawn lines by one strip. Once you have cut all the way around, you’ll have a strip of continuous bias binding made by just sewing two seams together! This is crazy good! There are a few good tutorials online, including from Make It & Love It and Colette. Bias Tape is strips of fabric cut on the bias (diagonally cut across the grain of the fabric). First you need to know how much fabric you need to make your binding. Ooooh, today I have a sewing tip for you……and it’s pretty darn cool! Whew! ;-) Otherwise, I think this is all very clear, thank you very much for this detailed tutorial. Thank you so much for this well-thought out, no-brainer tutorial. However, YOU should use a fabric pen or pencil that can be easily removed. I guess you CAN teach an old dog a new trick!!!! This is the size of the square you need to cut for bias binding. Thanks for this tutorial – I always found making bias binding a chore but this was super simple and fast! Now I don’t have to! I have seen similar ones and never felt I quite got the concept on how to do it. Thank you! The bias grain runs on a 45º angle to the selvages. I have even made it for a quilt binding, but — mine was not nice and straight, I ended up wasting some fabric AND matching those points to make the “X” 1/4″ down really does seem to be the key. I don't exactly recommend using the continuous bias binding method for a square of strips. I have bookmarked you! With fabric scissors, cut along the marked line, starting at zero. I used a cotton fabric with a small pink polka […], […] you want to make your own, I found an easy to follow tutorial from Best tutorial I have found so far! Thanks for sharing. […] method of making continuous bias binding. Starting from one angled side edge, begin measuring and drawing cutting lines on your fabric the width of your desired bias strips. This is so cool and very timely for me! Thank you so much! I love making tape with this technique, and yes, your instructions are the clearest, so thank you! I hate sewing all those strips together. 3. I am a visual learner and with your tips of drawing the x’s and o’s plus the 1/4 inch edge expanation makes this sooooo doable for anyone. There is…. Think of the money I’ll save! I did it and it works great! Best tutorial I have seen for doing this, and I’ve seen more than I like to remember. Carefully bring your fabric to your sewing machine. Enter your email address below to subscribe to the Sew4Home newsletter. I’ve always wanted to make my own bias but lacked confidence. If the little one is too little just set it aside for scraps. Trim away the excess fabric, leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance to the right of the seam line. Ashley, this is so cool! :). Better factoring in a bias cut needed when laying out patter pieces. I have looked at diagrams of this method SEVERAL times and have always been to directionally challenged to figure it out! this is so way cool!! :). Thanks so much. Aaha… What a great idea, I always scrued up here making bias tape, I had wasted lot of fabric and most of the times I sew strips wrong… Lot of confusion. One end would not meet but that is ok. First, a brief recap of why we use binding and the difference between straight and bias. Haha! You start out with a flat square (or rectangle), and after a few folds and flips here and there, you have something completely different, very dimensional, and quite useful. Stretch the edge to make sure it is the bias … Thank you so much for sharing. Open up the fabric and iron the seam open along the back. Cutting the Bias Binding Strips 1 Cut off the end of the rectangle. Thank you for the clear concise directions as I was successful and the bag looks great! Learning new and interesting techniques is one of the best ways to build upon your current knowledge. See that? I think that’s what messes most people up…..that 1/4 inch thing. Before I started matching up the lines, I ruled a line 1/4″ from edges I was matching, ie where the seam would be. Bring the short diagonal edges together, forming a tube (Diagram III). 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