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Create your own bias binding
There are two ways to create your own bias binding. The continuous loop method allows you to get 100" of binding from a 10x10" square.

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  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out a 10x10” square of your chosen fabric. Fold it in half diagonally (along the bias) and cut along that line.

  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 2
    Step 2

    Lay one piece over the other, matching the sides not the diagonal line. Pin in place.

  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 3
    Step 3

    Edge stitch. Press open the seam. You should get a parallelogram like this.

  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 4
    Step 4

    You now need to mark your cutting lines using chalk or a washable fabric pen and a ruler. Begin at the edge of the fabric and draw lines 1” apart. The lines should be diagonal and will be parallel to the edges. The more accurate you are here, the more tape you will make. Make sure you mark the wrong side of the fabric and leave your scissors alone at the moment!

  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 5
    Step 5

    This is often the trickiest step. Fold the edges towards the middle to create a square with right sides together. Offset the marked lines by one and fold the tips under. It should look like this but with the tips folded under.

  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 6
    Step 6

    You now need to pin the lines in place. Make sure that the lines match up at the seam line (¼” in) and not at the edges. (This is the bit that took me a while to work out!) The easiest way to do this is to put a pin through the connecting lines ¼” in.

    Stitch a narrow ¼” hem then press the seam open. You should have a tube like shape.

  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 7
    Step 7

    Time to pick up your scissors! Starting with the first offset row, carefully cut along your marked lines all the way to the end.

  • How to sew a binding. Continuous Loop Bias Binding - Step 8
    Step 8

    If you have a bias tape maker, pass the strip through it while pressing the folds. If, like me, you don’t have one here is an alternative way. Press the strip in half and then lay the tape open. Fold in the edges to the centre fold and press. This may take a little longer but it works!

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