There are many projects that will require bias binding or that you may even want to use binding instead of another alternative. The bias is the diagonal line that runs across the grain of the fabric, this creates the loose stretch perfect for binding. Bias binding can be used for finishing off a sleeveless shirt, to hemming a pillow edge or just to make a nice edging on a patchwork quilt. The bias binding is ideal to use on curved edges as the fabric stretches to rest around the curve and not create a pleat.
This is a great way to make your sewing projects more personal or more colourful. I love using this technique to hide the raw edges on sewing projects.
Equipment And Materials
- Tape Measure
- Fabric Scissors
- Tailors Chalk Pen– This is my new tool and I love it.
- Small Scissors
- Pack of Bias Mouse– These come as a variety pack of 4 different sizes and is great to change up for different projects.
- Fabric- make sure you have roughly measured out how much you need before cutting into the fabric.
Remember to always iron and press your fabric so you get a nice clean edge. It always helps me to get all my equipment out and next to me ready so you don’t have to stop half way through to find your pins. I always leave the iron out, ready to flick on and use.
To start to lay out your fabric on your surface, right side facing down. Fold over the corner from one side over on a diagonal to create a triangle.
Following the edge of the fabric on the diagonal, measure your desired length of the bias. I wanted to create a finished bias of 18mm so I cut bias strips of 1 1/2-inch wide. Measure along keeping your width at 1-inc, mark along with your chalk pen. Go over the lines joining up the lines with a ruler to create a solid line.
Cut along the line to create your strips of fabric. You will know that you have done this right as when you pull the fabric it will stretch and bounce back. You should end up with something very similar to the image below.
Now you need to join the strips together, lay your first piece down with the right side facing up. Lay your second piece over the top of the diagonal edge, when doing this make sure your fabric is face right side down. You want to create a right angle with the 2 pieces to look like an L-shape. See image below.
Once all your strips are connected and pinned together, sew across the diagonal. Press open all the seams and cut off any overhang on the seams so it creates a smooth line finish.
Thread one end of the bias binding into the bias mouse and pull through to create a short end. Keep pulling the fabric through the bias mouse to create the folds. Press the iron on to hold them into place, keep pulling along and follow with your iron. Once you are at the end you are done and have created your bias binding.
Let me know in the comments below what you use your bias binding for and what your favourite width to use is. I would love to know the many ways you can use your bias binding.