how to cut continuous bias strips


I’m so glad it helped and actually made sense! Just be sure that the final line intersects with the edge of the fabric, 1/4 inch down from the top edge…..just the same way as the others. Sorry, someone above just pointed that out…..it’s all fixed! With fabric scissors, cut along the marked line, starting at zero. The bias grain runs on a 45º angle to the selvages. DOH. And will be so glad you aren’t wasting fabric trying to cut full strips of bias cut tape!! 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. You start out with a flat square (or rectangle), and after a few folds and flips here and there, you have something completely different, very dimensional, and quite useful. Good luck….you’ll love making this. Okay, now you want to start making some lines on your fabric. Then on the last marked line only, cut off the excess fabric. Insecurities aside, I did as you said and it is perfect! Best tutorial I have seen for doing this, and I’ve seen more than I like to remember. 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! Also a deep and earnest thank you for your time, energy and thought that has had to go into this tutorial. I love your blog! 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. The very last line on both sides, will line up with the fabric edge below it. :) 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. I’ve been avidly reading your blog while making newborn projects so also wanted to thank you for all your posts! If you need something wider or more narrow, you’ll need to recalculate. Offset the drawn lines by one strip. Worked really well until I went to cut the strips from the tube…..I cut through the tube and ended up with a whole lot of little tubes! This worked perfectly and it has totally rocked my world! Ah ha…. See how the red arrows are lining up? If you look closely, when you match up the numbered points, the drawn lines create an “X”. I love making my own bias tape and the worst part is sewing all those tiny pieces together. When I started reading your tutorial, I thought I can do this! And because it’s cut on the bias, it’s a bit stretchier and more flexible. Then come back here to Step […], […] least 36″ of double bias tape, either commercial or homemade bias tape from a co-coordinating fabric. Just lately I have tried from another tute I had found but just couldn’t get it right. It’s a little bit like the ancient art of origami. Thank you so much!! Perfect! You did an incredible job. very very much..i’m italian..my english not perfect..excuse me.. cristina. Cool, right? The pictures and downloads are fantastic! I can't use that for cording! My only concern is just how many seams are going to be in it because of the seam between the two triangles in addition to all the ones between the strips. Ever. Bring the short diagonal edges together, forming a tube (Diagram III). Wow! Next take a t-square or yardstick and using pencil or pen mark the cutting lines. Now I don’t have to! I even made a few and they always turned out wonky. Better factoring in a bias cut needed when laying out patter pieces. Thank you so much for a very clear illustration and instruction. Thank you for the comprehensive tutorial! !” right now. Learning new and interesting techniques is one of the best ways to build upon your current knowledge. I just did this yesterday with 1/2 yard to make 3″ strips for my entire baby quilt! Well, you actually don’t want them to. I have never-ever heard of that technique before. 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. I shall share this in the UK with fellow stitchers! Pay attention here: the new shape MUST be a parallelogram (the bias edges must be parallel). ***Also, I’m sure there’s a much more mathematical way to figure out the exact length of Bias Tape that a particular square of fabric would produce (other than just measuring it, like I did)….but that hurts my head. (My lines are a little harder to see them because I drew them on the other side…..but you can still see them.) The fact that you marked the x and o side. If you like making your own bias tape, you’ll love this. My husband the math protégée did the numbers and we used a 26 inch square of material. ;), And thanks Cameron, that means a lot! this is so way cool!! 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! This is so great. Draw a diagonal line across your square (front or back of fabric…doesn’t matter), just like below, from one corner to the opposite corner, using your ruler. That looks amazing! I’m confused I think I did something wrong. I now am ready to start making my own bias tapes! I hate sewing all those strips together. My brain says sew it, but the tutorial doesn’t. After all, too much is so much better than not enough, right? No one had mentioned the lines crossing 1/4 inch from the edge. If the little one is too little just set it aside for scraps. [However, it’s actually easier to see the lines if you draw them on the back of the fabric for when you start lining them up (several steps down)….but I drew them on the front of the fabric, so that I could show cutting the strips from the front side of the fabric, way down at the very end.]. Now join the short sides , right sides together. Maybe there are some who have no clue what I’m talking about?? Enter your email address below to subscribe to the Sew4Home newsletter. This is a very clever idea! The fabric should still be. That made it really easy to see that the lines were matching. Along the bottom of the parallelogram, number your lines: 1, 2, 3, etc. If you place it down in front of you, you’ll see that your drawn lines are now making one continuous line. This method will make cutting bias tape so much easier and just as I am in the midst of quilting Christmas gifts. I had to read the matching at the 1/4″ mark at least 15 times and finally just did it, it was slightly off but still works, next time will be a snap! until all lines are numbered. Thank you so much. 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! I overshot by ~100" simply because I didn't do the math in advance. These will be your guides for matching up the fabric later on. Super cool. This is so cool. Yep, just a simple seam and then iron it open like the picture. ***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help with terminology, etc. Thank you so so much for this perfect tutorial! It’s hard to see in the image above…..but the marks are there. But after you have made this a time or two (and wrap your brain around how it works), you will whip bias tape out in minutes. As a comparison, a 14 inch square of fabric produces about 94 inches of 2-inch wide Bias Tape and a 20 inch square produces about 191 inches of 2-inch wide Bias Tape. 2. Along the top of the parallelogram, number your lines: 0, 1, 2, 3, etc. Cutting the Bias Binding Strips 1 Cut off the end of the rectangle. thank you. Thank you Ashley! This looks very clear now. Once you have cut all the way around, you’ll have a strip of continuous bias binding made by just sewing two seams together! Thank you very much. AccuQuilt Strip Cutter Dies are the best way to give you perfect strips for bias binding. Bias Tape is strips of fabric cut on the bias (diagonally cut across the grain of the fabric). Sewing is a continually evolving art. I won’t tell you how much “bias tape” I messed up. YAY! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! pinning in place as you go. The edge that you just cut has four layers, and that is now the straight edge where you can start cutting strips. Thanks for sharing. Moving to the right, we see that a 1/4 yard yields 168"—not enough. You must have a brain like mine…..and my explanation makes sense to you. You somehow walked me through this tutorial in a way that allowed me to do this the first time! 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. Once you have the first pin in place, the rest of the lines should be easy to pin. I now have wasted my fabric, a long strip of fabric with a million seams in it! We need a half yard of a 40" wide usable WOF to make the needed continuous bias binding. If it’s flat, something is wrong. You can also do this with a rectangle! Now what am I going to do with all the extra fabric pieces? Thank you for such clear instructions. I am all set for life for bias tape! If you keep the sides even, you will see that the drawn lines actually line up with each other. I have been a sewer FOREVER and have used bias tape many times….cutting it the old fashioned way. Thank you, Ashley! That’s because you let the lines intersect 1/4 inch down from the top edge. You’ve made THE CLEAREST explanation among over 10 others that I’ve read about this technique! You’ll need a 14 1/2 inch square —– to make approximately 94 inches of a 2 inch wide bias strip. I have made bias tape before using other tutorials, but I always dread it. Cameron, I am new to quilting and this is such a great help , thank you so much for sharing. Using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler makes the process of cutting your bias strips quick and easy. Have you used it much? Thanks again! Make a 45 degree cut anywhere through the long side and stitch it back together to form a parallelogram, like usual. And yes, you’ll have seams connecting fabric pieces together…..but they attached at a diagonal (which is the best way to attach bias strips) and they’re already all ironed flat, since you did that earlier. I don't exactly recommend using the continuous bias binding method for a square of strips. I think the 2nd seam is missing from this explanation! New posts will not be retrieved for at least 5 minutes. I am re-embracing my sewing machine and trying to make a skirt… I would like to add piping so this tutorial and your piping one are great! ;), It’s such a cool way to make a small piece of fabric just work for you though. Using a see-through ruler and a rotary cutter, cut along the diagonal crease line. Its my go-to for all things sewing! Thank you for this post! I need more than the 190″ you said we could get from a 14 1/2″-square making the tape 2″ wide. Carefully place the “B” triangle to one side. Thank you for this post!!! Now, cut along the diagonal line you made. And there you go…..your pins should all be in place. Wow, thanks so much Caro! So glad you were taking care of those long necks! If not…..let me explain briefly what it is. I’ve never tried bias tape but I think now I will thanks to this tutorial! Great tutorial!!!! I have never really figured out bias tape – and even when I tried, it was so annoying to piece everything together. I’ve seen this explained several times, but this is by far the best tutorial! Simply stated, it’s a technique for pre-sewing bias binding strips before you actually cut them. You, madam, are a genius! Thank you so much for the amazing high quality of what you’ve done. Enter your email address below to subscribe to the Sew4Home newsletter. In this case I’m cutting 2-1/2″ wide strips, so I align the 2-1/2″ mark on my ruler with the raw edges of the fabric that was just cut off. However, you did not leave anything to guess. 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. I have seen similar ones and never felt I quite got the concept on how to do it. 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 much for sharing this. Thanks so much for the great instructions and pictures. I can’t wait to try it! Take the square root of that answer and add two inches. I did struggle with matching the lines because my fabric was very light. Thanks. Thank you!. Thank you so much! Place the pieces right sides together, aligning the … 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. 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. Just fixed that, thank you! Now, if I could just get someone to explain the “traditional Chinese pants” made of two squares of fabric at OfDreamsAndSeams…, Ingenious! Thank you for posting these online. I seem to always need to make bias tape but I really don’t like doing it. However, it requires more fabric and is a little more challenging to make. Oh my! I am a visual learner and with your tips of drawing the x’s and o’s plus the 1/4 inch edge expanation makes this sooooo doable for anyone. Starting the cut from the right edge of the shirt down to the folded side. And this, of course, depends on what kind of project you are going to sew your bias tape on.. On a general rule, for double folded bias tape you have to use 4 times the width you want to end up with. Now I understand. I’ve made continuous bias tape a handful of times before and always need to read instructions. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but large creases can give your strips jagged, inconsistent edges. Now, with RIGHT sides together, match up the two edges that have the X on them. I use 2.5” strips and sometimes 2.25” strips. Now, sew right along the pinned edges, 1/4 inch from the edge. Thanks! Straight grain binding uses less fabric and is quick and easy to make. Or at all? I love making tape with this technique, and yes, your instructions are the clearest, so thank you! Continue marking the strips until you reach the top right corner on the other end of the fabric. True Bias Calvin Wrap Dress and Top – MODICUM, Cara Dune cosplay tutorial: Cara Dune Belt – Test Mega Coven Art Test, TEST – Cara Dune cosplay tutorial: Cara Dune Belt – Mega Coven Art, Miss Wigglyhead Gets a New Bathrobe and Spends the Day at the Spa. I now feel confident that I can successfully create continuous strips of bias tape! It gives you all the handy formulas, tips, and techniques for the four key steps outlined in its title, discusses single fold versus double fold, and lists the tools to have on hand. 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! I’m doing this today. Thanks so much from The Brod Abode in Texas. I think that’s what messes most people up…..that 1/4 inch thing. Start … Now I have no excuse to get my slipcovers done well before Christmas! When commenting, your name will display but your email will not. When you have an exposed raw edge, for instance, around the edge of a quilt, you need to finish it in some way. :). (width of fabric x width of fabric / width of bias tape desired) x 0.9 = approximate length of bias tape produced. (unless you want double fold bias binding in which case you multiply by six). The process eliminates having to sew a bunch of strips together end-to-end to get the length you need to go around your project. With right sides together, match lines with … This is so cool and very timely for me! Let’s talk for a second about Bias Tape. Carefully place the “B” triangle to one side. Wish me luck! What I did to resolve that was to iron a 1/4″ fold on either end. I have looked at diagrams of this method SEVERAL times and have always been to directionally challenged to figure it out! The grey dotted line is just showing where the draw line is on back fabric layer. This is crazy good! This trick just saved me a ton of fabric and heartache. this is great!!! 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. How many seams should I have? Haha! You'll be convinced! Thanks for sharing your expertise with us! It makes so much sense. You’ll need a 8 1/2 inch square—– to make approximately 29 inches of a 2 inch wide bias strip. Just work with it to get a good seam line pinned and then sew. But once that clicks and you have it in your hands, it’s kind of amazing how it all works out. My goal with cording is to have as few seams as possible. This is where the magic happens! Awesome tutorial. I will definitely use this. Thank you! So thank you for this cool trick! You have the absolute BEST tutorials! And then do your best to iron this seam open….trying to not add any extra extra creases to your fabric. Trim off the little triangular nubs that are at the ends of the seam allowance — they extend past the sides of the strip. Hahaha…..I knew some would think that! THANK YOUR CLEVER BRAIN!!!!!!!!! :) Thanks, great tutorial. If you have excess width at the end that does not equal the cut width of your. Looking forward to making strips out of my fabric scraps. I did this today, but I instantly regretted it! Thanks, Toni. Now, the cool thing is that the line will now continue around, and around, and around……..and will result with one continuous long strip of fabric. Not only is it easier, but WAY more durable on a quilt! Thanks so much. I am bookmarking this for EVER! Read on to find out more about the entire team and the philosophy behind our inspiring sewing tutorials – each designed to result in items you’ll be proud to keep, display, and use; give as gifts; or even sell. I read thru it once and then took the plunge! NOTE: We’re using a plain fabric and a permanent marker so you can clearly see the marking steps. Now I have to un-PIN all the other tuto I have about making biais tape! If you are new to working with binding, as we mentioned above, please see our tutorial: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making, Attaching. Not sure if anyone else figured it out for you already, but you were wondering if there is a mathmatical way to figure out the length of bias tape you will get from a given sized square. (We put a light behind our fabric in the photo below so you can see what we’re talking about.). This meant I could cut out the bits of binding that were a bit wonky. Next: you draw lines parallel with the bias edge – at the desired distance (the width of your binding). Strips are cut 1⅞" wide. Your photos were spot on and greatly appreciated for this visual learner! With right sides together, align two short triangle edges. Brilliant! Wait- the last pinned part, do you sew it, or just iron it open after pinning it? 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. Starting from one angled side edge, begin measuring and drawing cutting lines on your fabric the width of your desired bias strips. Wow! I love it too!!! Fantastic instructions for a complicated concept. Congratulations! Cut a square from your binding fabric on the straight grain. Thanks for sharing! You are crazy! Cutting Bias Binding. Ups sorry did that twice by mistake , meant to comment I totally agree with what you wrote Athena. Below you'll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. It’s one of those “two birds with one stone” techniques. Augh!! thank you for showing this tutorial step by step and the mistakes I’ve been doing every time i try it! Thank you for sharing your talent and experience. Continue to mark in this matter across the entire parallelogram. Such a great technique! Before I started matching up the lines, I ruled a line 1/4″ from edges I was matching, ie where the seam would be. Fold triangle in half. Your Excel spreadsheets are a tremendous help! Thank you. I think because otherwise it wouldn't be 45 degrees. I am going to give this a try for making my own piping! Thank you for the tutorial! ***These instructions are for making 2 inch wide bias cut strips, which will result in 1/2 inch Double Fold Bias Tape. AMAZING !!!! I left other sites because I could not understand the explanations. Try the 'Making Scrappy Bias Binding' section down below. 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. It is generally used around edges of blankets, hot pads, neck lines, and so many more projects. So easy! I’ll have to seam rip and resew. This has so many, and they go in different directions within 2 inches of each other! After sewing the seam, cut along the lines you have drawn, starting where you cut 4-6″ between 2a and 2b and continuing around the tube in a spiral fashion. This is so cool. ???????✌. Yeah, well, I go make some bias tape right now…. Thank you so much for sharing. This is amazing. Cut square of fabric If you try and line up the lines along the very top edge of the fabric (and not 1/4 inch down), and then sew it together, it will look like this….and your lines won’t be lined up. Soooo satisfying. I have always wanted to try this to save on fabric. Ashley, this is so cool! I’m most excited that I don’t use so much fabric anymore. That’s why I included that disclaimer at the top about all the pictures but once you see it all, a light switches on, right?? I am making masks to give to local Covid19 Drs. Thank you, again, so much. Your email address will not be published. The instructions are very clear and pictures are perfect. Be the first to see new projects and patterns, helpful techniques, and new resources to enhance your sewing experience. That’s what you want. Good tutorial however – thanks. However, sometimes it take some time (and lots of wasted fabric) to make diagonal cuts into your fabric. I hate buying bias tape, yet use it constantly. We have a new grand daughter I’m getting to sew for and I will be using tons of bias tape! I don’t do sewing projects often because I am not good at it and get discouraged. I LOVE YOU! Thank you, Ohhh Ashley what a relexad feeling i have after your this very practical approach tutorial … Its such a gift like thing… Thank you so much for sharing Kindest regard Farah…. Thanks for the great tutorial! Working from left to right, mark the pre-determined width of your. Ashley – I have never heard of this technique! Now that I have the bias tape I hope the project I want to use it on goes well too. I’m making a tote bag for a Christmas gift for my daughter and when the directions said to make your own bias tape, I panicked! Thank you so much. I have looked at so many tutorials on making continuous bias strips. Step 5. Oh, you’re right!! There is…. I can not wait to try it out. :). Thanks so much for the tutorial and the pictures especially (worth a thousand words for sure) – plan on using the bias tape on aprons for my daughter. Mark the selvage edge (s) on the back of your fabric (I used a series of “x”s) then trim off the selvage. So, you’ll never see them. until all the lines are numbered. This time I followed yours, but I did one extra step. In the left column, "Cut Width of Binding Strips, find 1⅞". Smooth out your shirt as much a possible. 3. Sew strips together on the marked line, middle illustration. 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. it really is a cool technique! Thank you for saving my sanity! It doesn’t really matter if you mark on the front or back of the fabric…..because you’ll cut along the lines and you’ll probably be folding them under to make bias tape. First, decide how long of a 2 inch wide bias cut strip you need. Whoopsies… won’t make that mistake again! The Quilting Company has a nice size-of-square to bias-binding length conversion […], […] cut your bias strips by following the tutorial at makeit-loveit.com. Cut your fabric square (whatever size you’re needing) making sure that it’s an actual square, with 90 degree corners. You may also want to show how you can do this with yardage! I need one 30″ piece of bias tape and since it is to finish a neck I don’t wish to have seams (added bulk creating bumps) … Couldn’t do it with this technique. I always appreciate your thorough explanations, Ashley. Think of the money I’ll save! I’m ready to go make some bias tape to use on my daughter’s summer wardrobe! One last step before we can sew these edges together. Bring the fabric tube to your sewing machine. I was actually directed to another website but found your when I searched Google for it. Cut off the bottom hem. You can buy Bias Tape…..but if you want something in a color other than the standard colors they manufacture, you can easily make it. Now practice it a few more times……and then you’ll use this technique every single time! Honestly, I very, very kind of ” is this magic or what? So glad this was helpful! Thank you so much. Error: API requests are being delayed. 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 . If you review continuous bias binding methods in quilt books, as well as on websites and blogs, you’ll find a few variations in the actual steps for the technique. Marvelous! Thanks again. Try a 14.5 inch square first…..it’s a great size to practice on! Wow! Step 4: You have (2) remaining triangles – one big and one little. Thank you for posting such great ideas and easy to follow instructions! Start cutting the bias tape strips from one end ( the extended not stitched end) . 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