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
- Fabric marking pen
- Cut an 18" x 18" square.
- Find the true bias by folding the square in half diagonally.
- Press a crease.
- Cut on crease to make two triangles.
- Pin straight of grain edges of the triangles right sides together.
- Sew, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Open triangles up and press seam open.
- Lay the fabric strip on a flat surface wrong side up.
- 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".
- 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.
- Sew the two sides together to form a tube, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Press the seam allowance open.
- 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.