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Bias Binding

If you're binding around curved edges, you'll want to cut your binding strips on the bias. Here are two ways to create bias binding strips.

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Continuous Bias Binding


Rather than cutting individual bias strips, you can cut and seam a square to make a continuous bias strip. Start with a square or rectangle of fabric.

Cut the square in half diagonally to form two triangles.

With right sides together, align two short triangle edges and sew the triangles together with a ¼" seam allowance. Press the seam open.

Use a quilt marker and a ruler to draw parallel lines across the length of the seamed fabric piece. The space between the lines is the desired width of the binding strip, including seam allowance. For example, space the lines 2" apart for a 2" -wide binding strip.

With right sides together, bring the straight-grain edges together to create a tube. Offset the edges by shifting one down so that the top of one edge aligns with the first marked line of the opposite edge. Holding the fabric in this position, sew the bias edges together with a ¼" seam allowance. Press the seam open.

Begin cutting on the top marked line and cut in a continuous spiral. Each time you cut across the seam, you’ll be moving down one marked line.

Click here to download a quick reference chart of the amount of continuous binding you can cut from various size squares.

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