Category: Technique:

Making A Continuous Bias Binding

 

When creating binding for a project that is curved, we recommend that you use a bias binding. By making a continuous bias strip, very little fabric is wasted.

Janome Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2 yd. of fabric
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut an 18" x 18" square.
    Bias 1
  2. Find the true bias by folding the square in half diagonally.
  3. Press a crease.
  4. Cut on crease to make two triangles.
  5. Pin straight of grain edges of the triangles right sides together.
  6. Sew, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
  7. Open triangles up and press seam open.
  8. Lay the fabric strip on a flat surface wrong side up.
  9. Draw lines the desired width of the binding strip.

Note: If a double fold binding is desired, mark the width 6 times by the desired finished binding width. For instance, if you want a 1/2" binding, mark the strip width 3". This will allow for a 1/2" seam allowance and the fold over. If you desire a single fold binding, mark the desired finished width, double it, plus add your desired seam allowance for both sides of the strip. For instance, if you want a 1/2" binding with 1/2" seam allowance, your strip would be 2".

  1. With right sides together, pin the short sides so that the first drawn line on side 1 is matching the second drawn line on side 2, offsetting by one line.
  2. Sew the two sides together to form a tube, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
  3. Press the seam allowance open.
  4. Begin cutting on the first drawn line. Continue turning the tube, cutting on the drawn lines. The result is a continuous strip of bias binding.