What is continuous bias binding?

what is continuous bias binding? It’s one of those “two birds with one stone” techniques. Simply stated, it’s a technique for pre-sewing bias binding strips before you actually cut them. 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.

How do you make tubular bias binding?

How to Make Continuous Bias Tape

  1. Cut the Square on the Diagonal.
  2. Stitch the Triangles Right Sides Together.
  3. Mark the Strips Parallel to the Longest Sides.
  4. Bring the Short Ends Together.
  5. Offset the Rows by 1 Strip.
  6. Stitch Seam and Press Open.
  7. Cut Continuous Bias Tape Strips.
  8. Press the Continuous Bias Tape.

Can you use bias binding for piping?

Bias binding is used to pipe seams since the fact it is cut on the bias enables the fabric to curve round any seams. When piping seams you can either make your own bias binding or another quick and easy alternative is using a ready made 12mm bias binding, which you simply press open.

What is French bias binding?

French binding is a versatile bias binding technique that is used to enclose the raw edges of light weight and sheer fabrics. The finish is quite beautiful around necklines and armholes when neatly and meticulously done in either matching or contrast colours or fabrics.

How do you cut continuous bias binding strips?

Rather than cutting individual bias strips, you can cut and seam a square to make a continuous bias strip.

  1. Cut a square from your binding fabric on the straight grain.
  2. Cut the square in half diagonally to form two triangles.
  3. With right sides together, align two short triangle edges.

Do you have to cut fabric on the bias for piping?

Generally the fabric is cut on the bias (diagonally across the fabric on a 45 degree angle) as it allows the fabric to stretch and bend around corners better than if it were cut on the straightgrain. For most projects you will probably need about 1/2 to 1 yard of fabric.

What is fabric bias tape?

Bias tape or bias binding is a narrow strip of fabric, typically plain weave, cut on the bias. As the weave of fabric is at a 45 degree angle, the resulting fabric strip is stretchier than a strip cut on the grain. The strip also has a better drape, and conforms to curves better than fabric cut on the grain.

How much fabric do I need for continuous bias binding?

Take the square root of the result above – this is the size of the square fabric you need. Sqrt (length of binding x width of binding)=? (size of the square, round up to whole number). Sqrt(137.5)=11.72; round up to 12. For a 55” length of binding, you need a 12” x 12” piece of fabric.

How do I use the strip of continuous bias binding?

How you use the strip of continuous bias binding you made will vary depending on its use. You can use it as quilt binding, hot pad binding, baby bib binding, sleeve binding, neckline binding, wide binding, narrow binding, single fold binding, double fold binding, etc.

Can you use rectangles for continuous bias binding?

Rectangles Can Be Fun, Too For ease of explaining and illustrating how to make continuous bias binding, I used a square of fabric. However, you can use a rectangle as well. The process is the same, but the first two steps just look a little different.

What is single fold bias binding used for?

Single fold bias binding is great for surface embellishment. It also works great for finishing underarms or making hems.

How do you make a parallelogram with continuous bias binding?

Press seam open. trim tails at end of seam.  You now have a parallelogram. Draw parallel lines along the bias that are spaced apart the desired width of the continuous bias binding. Trim away any fabric “left over” after you’ve drawn all your lines so that the last row is the width you need.