Learn How to Make a Continuous Bias Binding

6 materials
1 Hour

Want to ramp up your next sewing project? Let me show you how to make continuous bias binding in this quick and easy tutorial. This skill will take your sewing projects to the next level!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
How to make bias binding

Create a rectangle 

To create bias binding you will need to start off with a rectangular piece of fabric. The best way to get a rectangle is to snip the fabric and then rip it along that snipped line. This will help you get the perfect grain. 

Rip the selvedge edge

Use the same technique to remove the selvedge of the fabric. 

Fold over the fabric

Cut a triangle 

Once you have a nice rectangle, fold the one corner of the fabric up to the straight line. Cut at the fold, cutting a triangle from the rectangular piece of fabric.

Sew the two pieces

Sew along the straight edge

Move your triangle to the other side of the fabric so that the straight ends are together. Pin the two pieces and sew along the straight edges with a foot width of seam allowance. Unpin the seam and press open the seam allowance. 

Continuous bias binding

Create strips 

Next, grab a ruler that is roughly 2.5cm (1 inch) in width and draw on your bias binding lines. I like to mark the lines in chalk before I cut them out. You can always use a rotary cutter instead of marking with chalk. 

Cut the strips

If you did mark with chalk, make sure to cut the strips in the middle of the chalk line so that your strips come out nice and even. 

How to make continuous bias binding

Sew the continuous bias binding 

Take two strips and sew them together by their opposite angles with a 5mm (0.2 inches) seam. I like to pin as many strips as possible before I move over to the sewing machine but if you are just learning it’s probably better to take it piece by piece and get a feel for it. 

Fold and press

Fold and press the bias binding

Once you have sewed together your long piece of bias binding, go over to the iron and fold and press the bias binding how you would like it to be for your project. 

Bias binding tape

Up your sewing project game with this new skill! What is your next sewing DIY now that you know how to make continuous bias binding? Let me know in the comments! 

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
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