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. I am all set for life for bias tape! Ashley, this is so cool! Thank you for this post!!! I just did this yesterday with 1/2 yard to make 3″ strips for my entire baby quilt! I did this today, but I instantly regretted it! AMAZING !!!! 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. Cut from the middle of the edge, towards the far corner of the first left edge piece. Of course, like anything, there are pros and cons to each type of binding. If you keep the sides even, you will see that the drawn lines actually line up with each other. I’m ready to go make some bias tape to use on my daughter’s summer wardrobe! 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. Ashley, Thank you sew very much for posting this amazing tutorial! I did struggle with matching the lines because my fabric was very light. For each line drawn you will produce 2 bias strips about 65-70" long. Continue marking the strips until you reach the top right corner on the other end of the fabric. Let’s talk for a second about Bias Tape. I hate sewing all those strips together. You can also do this with a rectangle! Does that sound correct? 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! What I did to resolve that was to iron a 1/4″ fold on either end. 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. Then on the last marked line only, cut off the excess fabric. Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Jodi Kelly. Now I’ll have to make another quilt to use the extra 140″. Keep pulling until the lines have all shifted over one line….and re-aligned with the next line. Spread your fabric on a hard surface, such as a table or gridded cutting board. (Remember, for 3/8″ bias binding you’ll want to cut the strips 1 1/2″ wide.) Now what am I going to do with all the extra fabric pieces? It’s a bit like an Escher-based sewing project! Cut your fabric square (whatever size you’re needing) making sure that it’s an actual square, with 90 degree corners. Binding, whether straight or bias, is ideal for covering the raw edges while creating a decorative finish at the same time. My brain says sew it, but the tutorial doesn’t. Thanks for the tutorial with easy to understand instructions and pictures!! That’s what you want. This is the size of the square you need to cut for bias binding. It’s one of those “two birds with one stone” techniques. I sometimes wonder….haha! This is saving me a good bit of money on several projects and making them so much nicer with matching binding.? The other reason, is if you are using a stripe that isn’t printed on the bias, you might want to cut that stripe on the bias to give your quilt a fun, finished edge. However, YOU should use a fabric pen or pencil that can be easily removed. 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. Now I try this, have some calculation to do carefully, but I guess later we can do easily. Just lately I have tried from another tute I had found but just couldn’t get it right. Great tutorial!!!! If you need something wider or more narrow, you’ll need to recalculate. I have seen similar ones and never felt I quite got the concept on how to do it. Thank you. I’ve seen this explained several times, but this is by far the best tutorial! Pay attention here: the new shape MUST be a parallelogram (the bias edges must be parallel). Your directions are perfect. Thank you so much far the clear instructions and the well laid out pictures that made this so much easier to understand. The best way to understand it is to just show you. When I started reading your tutorial, I thought I can do this! Your tute is excellent, thank you! This is so cool. 3. Open it up and press the seam allowance open. :). Simply stated, it’s a technique for pre-sewing bias binding strips before you actually cut them. Whew! You'll be convinced! Super cool. I am so technically challenged but I think I can do this. Your photos were spot on and greatly appreciated for this visual learner! -Ashley. In this article, we’re continuing our journey down the binding path to a “sub-set” technique called: continuous bias binding. Your email address will not be published. This is where the magic happens! This is probably one of the greatest tips I’ve found. Or at all? It’s a little bit like the ancient art of origami. Ashley, I have never seen this before. Think of the money I’ll save! 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. Thank you so much for sharing. 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. Thank you so so much for this perfect tutorial! Such a great technique! Have you used it much? You’ve made THE CLEAREST explanation among over 10 others that I’ve read about this technique! Place the pieces right sides together, aligning the … This is fantastic and worked very well for me. Remember that extra section we marked with Xs? 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. Now, sew right along the pinned edges, 1/4 inch from the edge. I used your idea for making bias but needed it on a much larger scale. 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. New posts will not be retrieved for at least 5 minutes. Marvelous! ANY REDISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF PART OR ALL OF THE CONTENTS OF THE SITE IN ANY FORM IS PROHIBITED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED IN OUR, This error message is only visible to WordPress admins, Holiday Great Giveaway 2020 – The Snowflake Box, Holiday Great Giveaway 2020 – The Joy Box, Holiday Great Giveaway 2020 – The Silver Box, Cut the predetermined size square from your, Open the fabric back up so you can see the crease. This method will make cutting bias tape so much easier and just as I am in the midst of quilting Christmas gifts. I left other sites because I could not understand the explanations. See that? 2. I tried last weekend and somehow screwed it up, but attempt number two with your instructions worked like a charm. Cut the square in half diagonally to form two triangles. I seem to always need to make bias tape but I really don’t like doing it. This bias calculator is super easy to use and very handy, making your sewing projects a lot faster and easier. Thank you, again, so much. but once this all ‘clicked’ i can see how really easy this is!!! Wanna guess how many inches I got? Sewing is a continually evolving art. ???????✌. thank you. Congratulations! This meant I could cut out the bits of binding that were a bit wonky. Finally I understand the mysteries of the mobius bias tape method! (Need help cutting your fabric perfectly straight??). I haven’t tried yet but just wanted to thank you for clear instructions. Cut into strips. Thank you so much. fantastic!!!!! 360″ of bias x 4 1/2″ wide = 1620 ÷ 42″ wide fabric = 38.57″ ÷ 36 = 1.07 yards of fabric. 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 so much for this well-thought out, no-brainer tutorial. Stretch the edge to make sure it is the bias … I’ve been sewing since Noah’s Ark (actually, I’m the one who made all their quilts, and I gotta tell ya that making the body warmer for those giraffes was tough) and yours is the best tutorial. ;-) Otherwise, I think this is all very clear, thank you very much for this detailed tutorial. I love making my own bias tape and the worst part is sewing all those tiny pieces together. Now, with RIGHT sides together, match up the two edges that have the X on them. it really is a cool technique! We have a new grand daughter I’m getting to sew for and I will be using tons of bias tape! I am so thankful for your pefect explanation – now I know I won’t have to ask Hubby the next time I want to cut bias! Ashley – I have never heard of this technique! I am so going to try this. Thank you, Ashley! I love making tape with this technique and yes your instructions are by far the clearest, so thank you! Thanks for this tutorial – I always found making bias binding a chore but this was super simple and fast! (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.). :) The multiplying by 0.9 at the end is basically to account for seam allowances and the triangle shape at the end of the tape that can’t be used. Sorry, someone above just pointed that out…..it’s all fixed! Thank you so much for the amazing high quality of what you’ve done. Best tutorial I have seen for doing this, and I’ve seen more than I like to remember. Just work with it to get a good seam line pinned and then sew. The 1/4 inch thing messed me up the first time I tried (following a different tutorial). But check each one, just to be sure. 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. 8 will definitely give this a try!!! Thank you!. :-) Drawing a line at 1/4″ from the edge just make it even better. And yep, it’s all cut on the bias — SO COOL, RIGHT?? I love making tape with this technique, and yes, your instructions are the clearest, so thank you! Place the biased edge straight up and down. In combination with these “Printable Bias Tape Makers”, 1/2″ wide single fold bias tape https://scientificseamstress.blogspot.fi/2011/10/printable-bias-tape-maker.html, 1″ wide single-fold bias tape maker https://scientificseamstress.blogspot.fi/2011/11/double-or-nothing.html. I LOVE IT :-)) THANKS SO VERY MUCH ! 344! Thank you for such clear instructions. Step 4: You have (2) remaining triangles – one big and one little. Londa demonstrates how to fold fabric to cut the longest possible bias strips of any width. Working from left to right, mark the pre-determined width of your. Continue to draw the lines all the way across your fabric until you reach the other side. until all the lines are numbered. This time I followed yours, but I did one extra step. Thanks so much. Mark the selvage edge (s) on the back of your fabric (I used a series of “x”s) then trim off the selvage. 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. This is suddenly completely clear to me so I’m off to try it now as I have 480 inches of bias tape to make for piping round my dining chair seat cushions . Perfect! Thank you for saving my sanity! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I spent 30+ years in technical writing/editing and your tutorial is is one of the finest combinations of elegant explanation and easily understood graphics I’ve seen, professional or otherwise. I totally hate wrecking fabric to make bias tape. One last step before we can sew these edges together. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tip. It’s pretty cool! See how the red arrows are lining up? That’s because you let the lines intersect 1/4 inch down from the top edge. Start … 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! This looks so cool! I have been a sewer FOREVER and have used bias tape many times….cutting it the old fashioned way. I’ve always wanted to make my own bias but lacked confidence. Try a 14.5 inch square first…..it’s a great size to practice on! I always appreciate your thorough explanations, Ashley. I have made bias tape in the past, but needed a formula for tape wider that 2 inches. Now I understand. 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: very very much..i’m italian..my english not perfect..excuse me.. cristina. Continue to mark in this matter across the entire parallelogram. Thanks a lot, Ashley, Thank you I have tried and other tutorials have been confusing…you explained in clearly and instructions are so easy and clear…Thank you…. Sew4Home is dedicated to stylish home sewing – from bags to blankets, pillows to linens, aprons, gifts, accessories, and more. thanks for this excellent tutorial – i am making my daughter a party dress in an unusual sort of pink/grey fabric which is really pretty but at the same time i can’t find anything that matches it colour wise – i need some bias tape for the armholes and was worried that it would look odd – now i know i can make my own in the very same fabric this will help me soooo much thank you! I used a cotton fabric with a small pink polka […], […] you want to make your own, I found an easy to follow tutorial from makeit-loveit.com. I have never-ever heard of that technique before. 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. That looks amazing! 3. I’m confused I think I did something wrong. Thank you so much for sharing. 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. Cut off the bottom hem. I have made my own bias tape in the past but really resent how wasteful the techniques i learned are. Thank you! You’ll laugh at my measurements, though. Step #3: Cut your fabric into strips. 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. Now I have no excuse to get my slipcovers done well before Christmas! So easy! Once you have it all cut in a continuous loop, use a bias tape maker to complete the process. 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. Now, cut along the diagonal line you made. Unless you’ve done it you don’t know what it takes. 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. Cutting the Bias Binding Strips 1 Cut off the end of the rectangle. Now join the short sides , right sides together. Since there is no formula to predict amount, I used a 30″-square and the tape is 2 12″ wide. Depending on the width you want your bias is the width of the strips you are going to markdown. Yes, along the bottom, you start with 1. I’m doing this today. … I found it in your comment box on Fabric_store.com :). I overshot by ~100" simply because I didn't do the math in advance. And there you go…..your pins should all be in place. Insecurities aside, I did as you said and it is perfect! 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. Thanks so much! We will never sell, rent or trade your personal information to third parties. My comment reflects what your other readers are all saying… I’ve read through numerous tutorials on how to do this, and was always left feeling befuddled. Ooooh, today I have a sewing tip for you……and it’s pretty darn cool! I had looked at another site first and felt so confused. 1. 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. Well, you actually don’t want them to. Thank you! Then do the same offsetting trick as above, so that the lines you drew on the fabric form a “spring” in 3D space. If it’s flat, something is wrong. Ever. ***These instructions are for making 2 inch wide bias cut strips, which will result in 1/2 inch Double Fold Bias Tape. I can not wait to try it out. Make Continuous Bias Strip Step 1) Place your fabric on your cutting table wrong-side up. With right sides together, match lines with … I have always wanted to try this to save on fabric. Make Continuous Bias Binding. 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. 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. Haha! And so are all the other drawn blue lines? We need a half yard of a 40" wide usable WOF to make the needed continuous bias binding. When you’re completely done pinning, your parallelogram should look like an odd shaped tube. :-D, Ok. You have officially saved my life. If you look closely, when you match up the numbered points, the drawn lines create an “X”. This is so cool. 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. 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