You just made continuous. The best way to understand it is to just show you. AMAZING !!!! I’m most excited that I don’t use so much fabric anymore. I originally tried to explain why that works but it sounded super confusing so I thought I’d just give you the calculation. Thank you for the clear concise directions as I was successful and the bag looks great! Step 5. And yep, it’s all cut on the bias — SO COOL, RIGHT?? I want to go try this right now! It has the most stretch, so it distorts easily. Thanks again. -Ashley. 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. I totally hate wrecking fabric to make bias tape. Be the first to see new projects and patterns, helpful techniques, and new resources to enhance your sewing experience. Place the pieces right sides together, aligning the … To test your fabric placement, place a pin 1/4 inch down from the edge and take a peek from the other side of the fabric. I […]. Then on the last marked line only, cut off the excess fabric. Thank you for such clear instructions. Brilliant! Now I’ll have to make another quilt to use the extra 140″. Along the bottom of the parallelogram, number your lines: 1, 2, 3, etc. until all lines are numbered. So glad you were taking care of those long necks! I think the 2nd seam is missing from this explanation! Thank you for sharing your talent and experience. Thank you very much. Thank you so much for a very clear illustration and instruction. See how the red arrows are lining up? I will want to thank you for the excellent explication you did for the biais, I learn this a long long time ago but I loose the information, but now I’m very please to see your site so Thank you again from Québec Canada, Thank you for this tutorial. I can't use that for cording! Now I don’t have to! It doesn’t need to be perfect, but large creases can give your strips jagged, inconsistent edges. Now what am I going to do with all the extra fabric pieces? With right sides together, align two short triangle edges. It is generally used around edges of blankets, hot pads, neck lines, and so many more projects. Next take a t-square or yardstick and using pencil or pen mark the cutting lines. For more information, download the … Uh oh! 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! Remember that extra section we marked with Xs? The result was perfect! My husband the math protégée did the numbers and we used a 26 inch square of material. 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. The instructions are very clear and pictures are perfect. I am so going to try this. This is perfect if you just need a little bit but don’t want to make a 29 inch diagonal cut into your precious fabric! 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. That’s because you let the lines intersect 1/4 inch down from the top edge. Your directions are perfect. My only concern is just how many seams are going to be in it because of the seam between the two triangles in addition to all the ones between the strips. Soooo satisfying. Thank you so much for sharing. Sew the two layers together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Start … I have made bias tape before using other tutorials, but I always dread it. Strips are cut 1⅞" wide. Once you have cut all the way around, you’ll have a strip of continuous bias binding made by just sewing two seams together! When you’re completely done pinning, your parallelogram should look like an odd shaped tube. Thanks for sharing! :). very very much..i’m english not perfect..excuse me.. cristina. Ashley, I have never seen this before. There is…. It’s hard to see in the image above…..but the marks are there. This is fantastic and worked very well for me. Augh!! And you can make Bias Tape with the smallest bits of fabric. See how the red arrows are now shifted over one line?? When you reach an end, the very last line will intersect with the edge of the fabric. Londa demonstrates how to fold fabric to cut the longest possible bias strips of any width. Thank you for this post!!! Ooooh, today I have a sewing tip for you……and it’s pretty darn cool! If you are new to working with binding, as we mentioned above, please see our tutorial: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making, Attaching. Wow! Pay attention here: the new shape MUST be a parallelogram (the bias edges must be parallel). Now, if you drew your lines on the WRONG side of your fabric…’ll start cutting from the WRONG side of the fabric, but since I drew my lines on the RIGHT side of the fabric, I turned my tube of fabric right side out…..and then started cutting along my drawn line. And will be so glad you aren’t wasting fabric trying to cut full strips of bias cut tape!! I need one 30″ piece of bias tape and since it is to finish a neck I don’t wish to have seams (added bulk creating bumps) … Couldn’t do it with this technique. Such a great technique! Thank you so much! 3. Thank you so much. Now join the short sides , right sides together. I’ve always wanted to make my own bias but lacked confidence. !” right now. I hate buying bias tape, yet use it constantly. Now you’re going to fold and pin the top and bottom cut edges together. I think that’s what messes most people up…..that 1/4 inch thing. Of course, like anything, there are pros and cons to each type of binding. This is so cool. You’ll laugh at my measurements, though. 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 … The Quilting Company has a nice size-of-square to bias-binding length conversion […], […] cut your bias strips by following the tutorial at I am going to give this a try for making my own piping! Ah ha…. Unless you’ve done it you don’t know what it takes. Super cool! The bias grain runs on a 45º angle to the selvages. Binding, whether straight or bias, is ideal for covering the raw edges while creating a decorative finish at the same time. Bring the short diagonal edges together, forming a tube (Diagram III). And because it’s cut on the bias, it’s a bit stretchier and more flexible. Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Jodi Kelly. 8 will definitely give this a try!!! My brain says sew it, but the tutorial doesn’t. Thanks for sharing. Depending on if you fabric stretched while ironing or if your square measurement was a tiny bit off, you may have a little extra left over. *Sew4Home reserves the right to restrict comments that don’t relate to the article, contain profanity, personal attacks or promote personal or other business. I used your idea for making bias but needed it on a much larger scale. Once you have the first pin in place, the rest of the lines should be easy to pin. Haha! Your words and your pics are the best tutorial I’ve seen. Starting from one angled side edge, begin measuring and drawing cutting lines on your fabric the width of your desired bias strips. Just did this and it was so easy!!! Your email address will not be published. I don't exactly recommend using the continuous bias binding method for a square of strips. You may also want to show how you can do this with yardage! Trim away the excess fabric, leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance to the right of the seam line. Keep pulling until the lines have all shifted over one line….and re-aligned with the next line. Cameron, I am new to quilting and this is such a great help , thank you so much for sharing. When commenting, your name will display but your email will not. I have looked at so many tutorials on making continuous bias strips. Thank you, Ohhh Ashley what a relexad feeling i have after your this very practical approach tutorial … Its such a gift like thing… Thank you so much for sharing Kindest regard Farah…. That’s what you want. Simply stated, it’s a technique for pre-sewing bias binding strips before you actually cut them. Trim off the little triangular nubs that are at the ends of the seam allowance — they extend past the sides of the strip. You must have a brain like mine…..and my explanation makes sense to you. So if I start with a 54″ square, and want 2″ wide strips, how many inches will I end up with? 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. Make a 45 degree cut anywhere through the long side and stitch it back together to form a parallelogram, like usual. Now that I have the bias tape I hope the project I want to use it on goes well too. You did an incredible job. This is necessary in order to cut strips in one piece all the way through. But check each one, just to be sure. Great job. Thank you! Carefully place the “B” triangle to one side. Thanks so much. All you need, is a quick visual to help you wrap your head around how those seams are sewn….and then it’s smooth sailing from there. For example, if you want to make 4 inch wide cut strips (that will create 1 inch wide Double Fold Bias tape)….you’ll need to cut a square that’s in multiples of 4’s, plus a 1/2 inch added on for a seam allowance. (My lines are a little harder to see them because I drew them on the other side…..but you can still see them.) As a comparison, a 14 inch square of fabric produces about 94 inches of 2-inch wide Bias Tape and a 20 inch square produces about 191 inches of 2-inch wide Bias Tape. 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. Step 4. Fold triangle in half. fantastic!!!!! Just work with it to get a good seam line pinned and then sew. Before you actually cut your square, you should determine if you need to, If calculating your yardage is overwhelming, there are charts available online (search “, Look for sale and clearance fabrics that would make great, If your project has more than one layer, again like a quilt, before attaching the, If your tube is wide enough, you can insert a small. 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. thank you!!! ;), And thanks Cameron, that means a lot! :-) Drawing a line at 1/4″ from the edge just make it even better. Spread your fabric on a hard surface, such as a table or gridded cutting board. I hate sewing all those strips together. Now, cut along the diagonal line you made. 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! Cutting Bias Binding. Now we will need to mark the strips by using the bias cut lines as a guide.. 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. Bias Tape is strips of fabric cut on the bias (diagonally cut across the grain of the fabric). … I found it in your comment box on :). I am not afraid to try now!!!! Thank you for the tutorial! I’ll give it a try today. I got a bit confused, but I will just have to try it hands on and I’m sure I’ll be ever so grateful. Both the cutting mat and the acrylic ruler have lines at a 45-degree angle to help you find the bias. I’ve never tried bias tape but I think now I will thanks to this tutorial! It really helped me to get the diagonal lines intersecting correctly and then I just stitched over it. Place the biased edge straight up and down. This trick just saved me a ton of fabric and heartache. I got so excited when I realized what this was about! Sew the second seam using a ¼” seam allowance and press the seam open. Thank you for the comprehensive tutorial! I haven’t tried yet but just wanted to thank you for clear instructions. NOTE: We’re using a plain fabric and a permanent marker so you can clearly see the marking steps. Cut square of fabric ***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help with terminology, etc. Think of the money I’ll save! Very clear tutorial on bias making. ;-) Otherwise, I think this is all very clear, thank you very much for this detailed tutorial. The offset tube of fabric is sewn and ready to be cut into one continuous strip for bias binding Step 8 Using the rotary cutter and a ruler, it’s time to continue cutting on that 6″ cut that was made in Step Five. Now that you know how to make your own bias tape without a bias maker and how to create miles of continuous bias binding it’s time to learn how to calculate how much fabric you need to make a certain amount of bias tape and also how much bias binding your fabric will make. Depending on the width you want your bias is the width of the strips you are going to markdown. Now, with RIGHT sides together, match up the two edges that have the X on them. Once you have it all cut in a continuous loop, use a bias tape maker to complete the process. You explained every thought process that goes into doing this perfectly. 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. Whichever method you use you'll start with deciding how wide you want your finished binding to be and multiply that by four. Honestly, I very, very kind of ” is this magic or what? Thanks so much for sharing! Now practice it a few more times……and then you’ll use this technique every single time! The fact that you marked the x and o side. :-D, Ok. You have officially saved my life. Fold the parallelogram right sides together, carefully matching the top and bottom numbers…1 to 1, 2 to 2, 3 to 3, etc. I love making my own bias tape and the worst part is sewing all those tiny pieces together. Thanks so much from The Brod Abode in Texas. No one had mentioned the lines crossing 1/4 inch from the edge. The new shape must be a parallelogram (bias edge parallel with bias edge and the straight cut edges parallel) – pay attention to this step and half of the job is done. thank you. Since there is no formula to predict amount, I used a 30″-square and the tape is 2 12″ wide. 1. Now, if I could just get someone to explain the “traditional Chinese pants” made of two squares of fabric at OfDreamsAndSeams…, Ingenious! Cool, right? I’ll toss another “thank-you” onto your growing pile! Perfect! I overshot by ~100" simply because I didn't do the math in advance. 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. So, you’ll never see them. [However, it’s actually easier to see the lines if you draw them on the back of the fabric for when you start lining them up (several steps down)….but I drew them on the front of the fabric, so that I could show cutting the strips from the front side of the fabric, way down at the very end.]. it really is a cool technique! Continue to draw the lines all the way across your fabric until you reach the other side. Yes, along the bottom, you start with 1. If you have excess width at the end that does not equal the cut width of your. However, you did not leave anything to guess. Home > Techniques > Intermediate Sewing > How to Make Continuous Bias Binding. Thank you for posting such great ideas and easy to follow instructions! Also a deep and earnest thank you for your time, energy and thought that has had to go into this tutorial. I don’t do sewing projects often because I am not good at it and get discouraged. Awesome tutorial. I love it too!!! Carefully flip over the “A” triangle so it is now right side up. Using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler makes the process of cutting your bias strips quick and easy. There are a few good tutorials online, including from Make It & Love It and Colette. Determine how wide you want your bias strips to be and mark the increments on the fabric. Of course, as you cut, the strips will get continually shorter in length. Using a see-through ruler and a rotary cutter, cut along the diagonal crease line. I had to read the matching at the 1/4″ mark at least 15 times and finally just did it, it was slightly off but still works, next time will be a snap! Could you tell me why it has to be a square, not a rectangle? I’m confused I think I did something wrong. but once this all ‘clicked’ i can see how really easy this is!!! Next: you draw lines parallel with the bias edge – at the desired distance (the width of your binding). Error: API requests are being delayed. This is amazing. 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