Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sewing - Making and Joining Binding and Bias Tape

Bias tape and binding are the same thing – the difference is that bias tape is cut on the bias of the fabric and binding is cut with the grain.  You can use binding for any straight edge, but if you have a curved edge you will want to use bias tape.

Cut strips as long as you need and 4 times the width of what you want your finished binding width to be.   I cut two lengths parallel to the edge of my fabric 3” wide by 45” long.

Swipe the right sides of all the ends of your fabric with a chalk pencil if you are using plain fabric such as I am.

Take two of your strips and place them right sides together at right angles to each other.  Kinda like making an upside down letter L with your fabric.  Draw a line from the bottom left corner to the top right corner.  Very important that you draw from left to right so as not to accidentally sew along the wrong diagonal. 

Pin and sew along your line.

Cut off the extra fabric leaving about a quarter of an inch.  Trim off the little dog ear.

Now, iron the seam open.

Fold strip in half and press.

Bring the raw edges to the center line, one side at a time and press.  Repeat for the other side.

The joined seam is evenly distributed for less bulk.

Now it is ready to apply!

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