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. Press the seams open & trim off the dog ears. Once you realize what the outcome is that you are striving toward, it will become easier. I use bias binding tape to finish off so many of my projects because of its simplicity and beauty, especially for personal gifts. I will be linking to your bias tutorials in my little quilt-a-long. How to use the TQM Bias Ruler. I'm getting ready to bind the quilt you quilted for me. In the left column, "Cut Width of Binding Strips, find 1⅞". I saw Terrie do this once in the shop but could never replicate it. It sounds harder than it is! Thanks for these tutorials, they will really help. I just wanted to add that the spool is nice but if you want to invest in a little more... there is a "binding buddy" that Joann carries. Mark a line on a 45 degree angle from the straight edge of your fabric starting from the top left corner of your rectangle. A wider single fold bias tape can measure 7/8″/ A single fold bias tape is strip of bias cut fabric which is folded in the center and pressed. Place your square or rectangle on your cutting mat. It is generally used around edges of blankets, hot pads, neck lines, and so many more projects. 1. I'm an English teacher turned quilter and the math is the part that always kills me. The diagrams shown illustrate a 5⁄8-yard length of 42"-wide fabric. Preview the Journey to Nebula Exclusive Patterns & It's the Last Chance to Sign Up for the Journey. I wanted to share that I put an old magazine inside the tube as I cut and it made it easier to avoid cutting the bottom layer. Calculate the length of binding you can cut from a specific fabric size There is a two step formula for this, here is what you have to do: Make sure your piece is a perfect rectangle (remove selvages, straighten edges…). To know how to make bias binding tape not only saves you money but allows you to add colors that are NOT available over the counter, making your products/garments both “Individual” and “Unique”… “One of a Kind” even! Lots of great ideas out there. I tend to use Bias a lot to enclose edges, for all of the above reasons., and personally love of the “Look” bias binding tape leaves on the finished product. I have decided I do not like to make mitered corners, so I think I may just do bias binding from now on and do curved corners. Another tip - buy a smaller cutting mat - when you cut your bias tube slip the smaller mat into the tube and then use your rotary cutter to cut your bias strips - you never need scissors to cut continuous binding. For clearer illustrations, we've used a rectangle that is a 22" by 13-1/2". If you do not have the convenience of a rotary cutter, use a good pair of dressmaking shears and continue with the instructions using shears in place of the rotary cutter, moving forward. Usually measures 1/2″ when finished. You’ll need a 14 1/2 inch square —– to make approximately 94 inches of a 2 inch wide bias strip. With writing this tutorial, I also realized it is not so easy to explain in words either. I know how to do the continuous bias binding, but I don't really like it. As it is fed through, the bias folds are created, and all you need do is to pull slowly and press with an iron as you go along. I use the first option for binding cuz the second one scares me and looks like it would take too long and i'm not safe with scissors...lol. Making your own bias binding tape versus buying premade bias binding tape comes down to convenience, so if you would like to save some money and make your own, then continue reading. A Little Birdie Told Me... all about Permission to... Pillow Basics Tutorial - Sew Mama Sew Pillow Month, Sign up for Nebula Block of the Month Emails, Journey to Nebula: A skill builder series, My Secrets to Piecing 60-Degree Triangles, Quilt Binding Basics - Part 3 (Scrappy Bias Binding How-to). Take a look at these, as I use bias binding tape to finish off the edges of the book bags that I make as well as on the edges of upcycled jean aprons (as above). Then reduce your cutting width by folding the outer corner to match up with the previous fold, maintaining a straight edge on both sides. Using bias binding tape to finish off your products is not just a professional-looking finish but a way to add contrast and *bling* finish to your products without too much effort or expense. Cutting the Bias Binding Strips 1 Cut off the end of the rectangle. I was just trying to figure the math for binding my king quilt and would have totally wasted a lot of fabric without this. The square root of 312 is 17.66352. Well, it's bias binding, but it is straight, but I want you to to cut it straight from the rectangle and this technique is covered in both of my binding books. All you need to know is what the outcome will look like to realize how you need to place them for stitching. Fold the lower selvage edge to the cut edge, creating a 45º angle. ... I’m hosting a sew along! If you're binding curved edges, you'll want to cut your binding strips on the bias. Cutting bias tape from a stable fabric. Thanks so much. Not sure which method will be easier for me but I will try both and make decision then. Sew with ¼’’ seam allowance. It doesn't yield much waste and once you are done cutting all of the seams are already together. hahaha! Cut a 45 degree diagonal line across the fabric from the corner to the opposite edge, move the triangle to the other side to make a parallelogram, and seam the fabric right sides together in a 1/4" seam. But, let’s back up even further and first understand what bias tape is. Start by cutting off a length of fabric from your main fabric, it won't need to be very long 30-50 cm is plenty to have you swimming in meters and meters of bias binding. This can be a little confusing until you have done it a few times. The last chance to sign up for the Journey to Nebula sew along is here. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The crease and cut will be at a 45-degree angle to the edges of the fabric, which is the bias. **Click here for more info**Learn the easiest way to create your own continuous bias binding to finish your quilts and other projects! Here's how to turn one square of fabric into a long length of bias binding easily! Julie, your binding tuts are great! Although joining two pieces of bias binding tape sounds a bit daunting and is a little confusing for starters, it is quite simple to do. Love it! Bias binding is binding that is cut at a 45 degree angle from the selvedge. These tutes are amazing. Thanks! Cut a 45 degree diagonal line across the fabric from the corner to the opposite edge, move the triangle to the other side to make a parallelogram, and seam the fabric right sides together in a 1/4" seam. Nebula is a block of the month quilt made with the  Hex N More  &  Super Sidekick  rulers, templates are included in the pattern. The use of a bias binding tape maker has just made home-made binding that much easier. Layout the fabric so the selvage edges are in the upper right and lower left. Use weights (or whatever you have got lying around) to hold the paper in position. Cut your bias strip to be the doubled width, then feed your long strip through one of these tape makers. Next, place your bias guidelines on top of the fabric. First, decide how long of a 2 inch wide bias cut strip you need. Hey JulieI love making continuous binding - my method is slightly different from your method. 3. No part of this tutorial may be reproduced without written consent of Jaybird Quilts. There are two methods that I use to make bias binding, and the method I use depends on the fabric I will be using. It's called Journey to Nebula . The formula in my bias binding calculator will help you figure out how much fabric you will get from yardage from fabric square and how much bias you get from the fabric you own. I may have to borrow that for my tidbit tuesday if you don't mind me using one of your photos and linking it back to you? Thanks for all the photos and time it took to provide this most helpful info! thank you, thank you, thank you for the math. Make continuous bias binding by starting with a square of fabric. thank you! I like to think of bias binding tape as a narrow strip of fabric, cut on the bias (the cross or diagonal of grain) of the cloth, pressed to enclose the raw edges, which in turn encloses the raw edges of the fabric you are applying it to, to stop the fabric from fraying and for decorative purposes. This method is a bit slower as it uses scissors over a rotary cutter. Fold the top corner down on top of first and second folds. FOE (Fold-over elastic) can also be applied to the edges of the fabric, like bias binding tape, but on stretchy fabric, not woven. There are 2 exclusive free patterns that you will receive in your e... - Step by step photos of how to do mitered corners as shown in the video, - Odd corner angles, scalloped and curved edges. An invaluable resource for making continuous binding is the Quilter's Strip Ticket - a simple laminated piece of red paper containing a table for the size fabric square required to make a specific length of binding at a specific width - if the house were on fire - I would grab this! I really appreciate the math, even after as many quilts as I have made I have to sit down and figure it out each time. Multiply the total inches of bias binding you need by the determined cut width. Man, I love your stuff!!! Note: This method does also work with a rectangle, it's just a bit harder to work the math out. Pin in place, along each individual bias strip. MOST of the time it is used as a decorative finish, and therefore we tend to overlook the benefits of using it to stop edges from fraying as well as strengthening it at the same time. At this stage, you will notice, depending on the size of your fabric, that it is far too wide to handle. Next, decide how wide you need your bias tape to be and double it. Now that you have your fabric folded, you are ready to cut. Cut off the right side first. Press the seam open. Bias binding is a great way to finish off the edges of projects with curves, however creating long strips of bias binding can be difficult and require lots of fabric. I think I'm going to do some piping between the binding and border, so it's going to take me a while! Thanks again! If you do not have the convenience of a rotary cutter, use a good pair of dressmaking shears and continue with the instructions using shears in place of the rotary cutter, moving forward. Because bias binding tape is cut on the cross of the fabric, it makes it ideal for finishing off rounded/curved edges, due to its pliability and give. If you are using the bias binding tape maker, there are three sizes to choose from or cut to a customizable size to make manually. Using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, trim off the left-hand folded edge. It really is nice. Well, it's bias binding, but it is straight, but I want you to to cut it straight from the rectangle and this technique is covered in both of my binding books. To get 450" of binding at 2.25" wide I'd need to start with a 32" square. We’ll be using this angle to cut the rest of the bias strip edges, so cut a nice, straight line. I think that Quiltngolfer was right. Bias Tape is strips of fabric cut on the bias (diagonally cut across the grain of the fabric). I saw Terrie do this once in the shop but could never replicate it. i never like the method 2 because it has to be cut by scissors but for small items finishes like a pouch or pencil case is great enough...however your binding tutorials are really awesome. 9. Bias Binding Calculations: Bias strips are cut on the diagonal from a square or rectangular piece of fabric (see diagrams to the right). Cut along the fold line. But it the math works!! It also needs to handle the heat needed from and iron to press it, and why I only recommend cotton for cotton garments. A lot of the time, your bias binding tape will not be long enough requiring it to be joined. Since the square is so large, I find it easier to fold the square in half on the diagonal, making sure the corners are well lined up. With right sides together, sew the two pieces together to make a parallelogram. Place the pieces right sides together, aligning the edges and top corners (the right angles). I just sort of slid/rotated the fabric tube around the magazine as I went. I now have the resource to do it!!! Before cutting your strips, you need to decide the finished size of the binding that you are after. The calculator provides: The total length of the binding (the perimeter of the quilt). If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. All rights reserved. You will find that some stretch knits also require self-fabric for binding edges, not only for hemming but for a firmer edge with some form of elasticity and although not technically bias binding tape, it is applied in the same manner. haha! While either method provides the same result, I think the more efficient way is to start with a square. Thanks everyone! I finally did this today. One thing to keep in mind, when you’re making bias tape: the width of the strips you cut should be four times the finished width of the finished binding. Nicki LaFoille shows you how to create continuous bias binding in long strips from one rectangle of fabric and shares several other tips to making your own binding . What Is Bias Binding Tape? 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. L+L+W+W+12=PP/40=B (round up)B*2.25 (or width of strip desired)= fabric needed (round up!!)!! For us, that means 156” x 2” = 312”. Carefully flip over the “A” triangle so it is now right side up. In general if my math says to use a 32" square I'll use a 32" x 40" rectangle to make the most of my entire WOF of fabric. This line is the cross-grain or bias of your fabric. *The mathematical formula for this is: Multiply the number of inches around the quilt (the perimeter) by the width of your bias binding strips. Attach the triangle to the large piece. EXAMPLE: Our 60" x 80" quilt needs 292" of a 1/4" finished binding. For a general overview of how to attach binding, see the tutorial on Quilt Binding Basics. To quickly cut binding strips on the bias, start with a fabric square or rectangle. just to add, I am now subscb to yr blog post by email so I save the email in my iphone and whenever I have to be in "waiting" mode, I like to read up your tutorial because it comes with pictures...lots of them. Cutting from the trimmed edge, cut the desired-width bias binding strips. Another great tutorial! :). The back of this contains step by step instructions for making continuous binding. I ended up using bias-cut binding and that did the trick. I can do that! Layout the fabric folding over one corner over to the opposite corner, creating a fold on the diagonal of the fabric (the bias), creating a 45º angle. Strips are cut 1⅞" wide. There a couple of ways to apply bias binding tape so I will show you both of them and let you diced which one works best for you. Bias binding tape can also be used for ties to use as aprons strings and moreover, DIY lanyards. I want to end with double fold 1/2″ bias so I was cutting my lines 2″ wide. For a 1″ bias tape, you’ll cut 2″ strips of fabric. Fold the bottom corner up on top of the first fold. I used your method this morning and love it -- you've put joy into this part of quiltmaking for me! ;) Now wrapping your binding around a spool of empty thread is genius! I now have the resource to do it!!! It has a "necklace" type thing. Nicki LaFoille shows you how to create continuous bias binding in long strips from one rectangle of fabric and shares several other tips to making your own binding . Spread your fabric on a hard surface, such as a table or gridded cutting board. This means lots of fun scrap quilts. I personally am not much of a quilter, but make mine with approximately 1″ of visible bias tape showing, therefore requiring a 4″ wide strip. Thanks :). If you have some fabric and want to know how much bias binding it will make: Length (minus seam allowance) x width (minus seam allowance) ÷ width of bias = number of inches of bias binding Example: You have a 22 inch square of fabric and want 3” bias strips: 21.75 x 21.75 = 473 in2. Thank you thank you! Cutting bias tape from a delicate fabric Layout the fabric so the selvage edges are in the upper right and lower left. The first is to attach the Bias and then top-stitch as follows: Or, top-stitch and apply all in one as follows: As you can see, using a bias binding tape for finishing is just plain common sense on some items, such as apron edges, book bags as well as decorative edges. Then measure this piece; you need to subtract ½’’ for seam allowances from both length and width of the piece. Cut and Mark Your Rectangle The rectangles in our two binding charts are for a 40" of usable width or fat quarters. If you are using a bias binding tape maker you can miss this part of the tutorial as this is the manual way to make it. Tip: Your fabric has more stretch on the diagonal (bias), which gives it the flexibility we all love in a quality bias tape. To use the calculator, specify the width of the fabric (the calculator defaults to a value of 43 inches) along with the width and length of the quilt, and the desired binding strip width. ~ Cindy (See … With a bias binding tape maker, just feed the fabric strip through one end and iron/press it as it comes out the other end, then fold it in half and press again, it is now ready for you to apply. Printed by Lamb Art Press (http://www.softexpressions.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=02RQ&Store_Code=CQMEASE). Line up at the top and bottom of the fabric. To quickly cut binding strips on the bias, start with a fabric square or rectangle. Thanks Julie this is a fantastic tut! You’ll need a 8 1/2 inch square—– to make approximately 29 inches of a 2 inch wide bias strip. Single Fold bias tape. Bias binding is a great way to finish off the edges of projects with curves, however creating long strips of bias binding can be difficult and require lots of fabric. Do you have a youtube video that demonstrates this technique? I've been wondering about bias binding for a while but the tube thing put me off so I think I'll try method one first! :DJust in case I haven't told you lately...you really really rock! Using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, trim off the folded edge, leaving a freshly cut line to start with. Starting at one of the short edges, draw lines right across the fabric, in the width desired for your final bias tape. Layout the fabric so the selvage edges are in the upper right and lower left. Not only does it look nice, but it also finishes off the edge to prevent fraying, which is why it is still so widely used today. Bias Cut Binding* Cut width of binding: Fabric needed to make binding lengths of: 0 to 200" 200 - 350" 350 - 500" 1" 1/2 yd: 5/8 yd: I have used your binding tutorial before and am using right now !!!