Ive got a bit of a later evening tutorial for all the lovely crafters out there. This is a beginner level tutorial that takes an advanced level of patience. Bias binding is the perfect way to finish off project edges (i.e. sleeveless shirts/dresses/skirt hems etc.). In this tutorial I’m working with plain white cotton to better “show my work”. However, if you only need solid colored binding then you might be happier buying the pre-made kind to save time. I’ve only made my own binding when I need to match a pattern for finishing. This guide is for double fold binding but you can just skip the bit about folding/ironing a second time. 🙂 Being zero-waste this is perfect for people like myself who absolutely hate to throw away any bit of fabric.
1/2 – 2/3 yard of fabric
Clear ruler (24″ and longer recommended)
Fabric scissors (cannot stress enough how important these are!)
Disappearing ink pen or colored chalk
Iron & ironing board
Sewing pins (I only use glass head pins but everyone has their preference)
Binding equation is: Finished size x 4 (Pictured here a width of 2″ total)
SO! Here I cut a 21″ square. (This size square along with the 2″ wide tape and a 1/2″ seam allowance makes approx. 5 2/3 yards of binding.)
With your fabric all squared up mark and cut a straight line through the corners with a rotary cutter.
If you were using printed fabric here is where you would place right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Iron seam open and begin marking the binding width across the long edges.
So here is the first tricky bit of this tutorial. You want to match the top and bottom edges right sides together and offset by 1 row. I wish I had video of this part because it can be confusing until you make a few mistakes…. When lining up your edges the lines drawn should intersect at the 1/2″ seam allowance point.
When you iron out the seam this little cross-section should happen. (It took me a few tries to get this part right so be patient)
When that lines up you are good to move onto the next part: CUTTING. Following the lines begin at one end and continuously cut all of the binding.
Fold strip in half and iron. If you are only doing single fold binding stop here. Otherwise onward! Fold on half of the strip in half again and iron all the way to the end.
Now do the other end. Either the same way as the first half or by pinning and ironing as you go. Seen below. The glass head pins come in handy here because you can iron right over them and they won’t melt or disfigure. Otherwise you can remove pins as you come upon them in the method.
If you use the binding then a loose roll is fine. To keep and store I pin and roll it tightly together. You can also wrap it around a board of some kind like the pre-made ones.
And that’s it!
Hope this comes in handy for your next sewing project!
For anyone who questions the “high prices” of handmade clothing maybe this gives you a little insight into the time and care we take to ensure a quality product.