I love the look of binding, and it is definitely not just for quilts (cuz we all know I don’t quilt!).
Making your own binding using cute prints is a snap to do, and the look of homemade binding always trumps both the look and the feel of the purchased product. The method I am going to show you today is useful for making a small amount of binding. If you need yards and yards, it is better to make continuous biasâ€”but that is a tutorial for another day!
I like 100% cotton fabric for most of my binding needs, but any lightweight fabric that presses well will work. For most of my needs I like a finished binding width of 1/2″, which means I start with strips of fabric 2 inches wide, or 4 times whatever I want the the finished width to be.
- Cotton fabric, a minimum of 1/4 yard
- Clover 1 inch wide bias tape maker
- Rotary cutter
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Marking tool of your choice (I love Frixion pens)
- Sewing machine (duh!!)
How to Make 1/2 Inch (finished) Bias Binding
1. Â Draw a line on your fabric at a 45 degree angle to the selvage edge, and then cut on this marked line. This 45 degree line is called the true bias.
2. Â Next, cut 2 inch wide strips fromÂ the bias edge.
3. Â Right sides together, lay 1 bias strip on top of another, and draw a line at a 45 degree angle and pin. Make sure that the direction of the line will createÂ a long continuous strip.
4. Â Continue in the same manner, adding as many strips as you need to create the amount of binding you want.
5. Â Arrange several (or all!) Â “pinned junctions” on top of your sewing machine, and sew in a continuous path.
6. Â Cut the stitching apart, and trim the seam allowances to 1/4 inch.
7. Â Press the seam allowances open.
8. Â Insert one end of the bias fabric strip into the Clover bias tape maker tool. You might need a wooden skewer or pin to help get the fabric moving through the tape maker.
9. As the bias tape comes out of the narrow end of the tape maker tool, pressÂ with your iron.
9. Â Press again in half, slightly favoring one side.
You just made your very own bias tape. Congrats!